Half Life 2

Let's do this!

So I finally got around to rating this game and even though I’ve played and beaten it before, I was still blown away by how good it was.

Yes, unicorn good.

Since I don’t like spoilers I’ll try and keep them out. This is the 2nd installment of the Half Life series and even though I enjoyed the first one, this was better. What stands out is the storytelling. There are no cutscenes and things are never explained simply.You are living as Gordon Freeman and you are experiencing the story through him. The story itself is complex and interesting and it draws the player in. This is the kind of game that wants people to like it because of its characterization and its events rather than just flash. The beginning is a bit hazy at this point but I remember arriving at what looked to be an immigration center surrounded by miserable people and guards. Things weren’t explained so I messed with the controller till I figured out what the buttons did, throwing random objects and bothering anyone who would talk to me. There was a brief tutorial when you meet the main characters and get your sweet suit but its pretty “figure it out as you play”.

I would wear this all the time if it were socially acceptable.

So Gameplay: its a first person shooter and its not quite as conventional as the Modern Warfare or Halo games and saying that, its not as good. Half Life 2 doesn’t really strive to be a first person shooter but rather a portrayal of a dude that happens to carry around a gun and uses it occasionally. It’s also nice to be able to carry around a shit load of weapons whether or not that is realistic. Ammo is nicely scarce so the game isn’t too easy and its sweet to be rewarded with machine gun rounds after you’ve mowed down the special forces team that has been chasing you for like an hour. The suit (mentioned above) is a Half Life staple and it acts like an energy shield but I feel like it was usually at 0% for me because there were less recharge stations. Maybe I just sucked at it. You get injured quite a bit but there are usually plenty of health packs around so its not too difficult or particularly frustrating.

Healthcare would be so much cheaper if this existed.

There are some driving parts and I won’t ruin them but they’re pretty fun and expansive. They’re each whole levels and were longer than you’d expect them to be. Not gonna lie, I got a bit tired of the level by the end and was pretty ready to get on my two feet again. They did help break up any monotony that has managed to creep up on you but between the crawling in dimly lit sewers and hopping on train cars, I was feeling pretty fulfilled at that point. The driving was a little difficult to get used to for me though I did eventually manage it and enjoyed it. But sliding out of control gets just as old as missing a dearly needed health pack.

I’m not going to go into plot and I’ve already talked about storytelling and characterization (sort of). And honestly, I don’t have that much more to say.

Grade: A

I’m going to go back to school so I’m not going to be able to play games that often so I might rate some games I’ve already played or just talk about ones that I’m excited for.

Next Game= Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood

I know it came out a while ago... shut up, I'm poor.

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