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Half-Life 2 review

AT A GLANCE
  • Ride in swamp buggies
  • Tense storyline
  • Graphically intense
  • Getting scared
  • Being sad when it's over
  • Not much not to love here

Like the original Half-Life, this sequel has cinematic presentation and a better-than-Hollywood plot written by a legit science fiction author. There are memorable, well-written characters, such as the beautiful scientist Alyx and your friend, Dog. We can't spoil it, but watch for him. Plus, there's a presence in this game; it inspires an ominous unease. Half-Life 2 has an artistic but militaristic feel, and there are some genuinely scary moments, especially if you have any sort of headcrab phobia.

More Info

Release date: Oct 10 2007 - Xbox 360
Dec 11 2007 - PS3 (US)
Nov 17 2005 - Xbox
Oct 18 2007 - Xbox 360
Dec 14 2007 - PS3
Nov 16 2004 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
Genre: Action
Published by: Electronic Arts
Developed by: Valve
ESRB Rating:
Mature: Blood and Gore, Intense Violence

5 comments

  • CreeplyTuna - February 5, 2010 8:51 p.m.

    how is this not a 10? on second thought...gta 4 got a 10, so this should be a 12
  • GMAN2 - July 23, 2009 6:36 a.m.

    HL2 is amazing. My least favorite part would have to be Nova Prospect. I spent way too many hours and headaches on that part.
  • benfrombackwhen - December 23, 2008 11:28 p.m.

    The swamp buggy is actually my least favorite part, but yeah HL2 is probably my favorite game of all time.
  • oryandymackie - May 31, 2009 2:49 p.m.

    Dog is amazing, the fact that he manages not to kill you, by just a slip of the foot, is astounding. I would not want that falling on me. Favourite part of the game HAS to be Ravenholm "We don't go to Ravenholm any more"......(looks down dark corridor with fear in her eyes) It's double worse for me, because I have a headcrab phobia
  • Wiggs3 - January 6, 2009 1:20 a.m.

    I agree, the swamp buggy level almost put me off the game entirely. I thought it dragged of far too long and was quite tedious. After completing the game however, I have to say it is one of the most enjoyable first person shooters I have ever played. I was so wrapped up in the world of Half-Life that when it was all over, I seriously considered counselling to help bring me back into the real work. Brilliant game!

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