Having just finished up to Episode 2, I have to say that this is the must have FPS for the PC. Every episode, every storyline and every chapter provided an amazing experience.
An intriguing apocalyptic setting provides the uniquely immersive platform for a superb story that stretched across all three episodes. An amazing engine brings intensity to firefights, the need for some brainpower to the challenges setup by the game designers, which augment the addictive nature of the gamplay throughout. I had to limit myself to a max. of two sections a day or I'd just never get anything done.
There arent enough words to express the greatness of this game. Everything from the original has been built upon. Enemies, weapons, puzzles, environment, the enemy AI and its ability to "co-ord" attacks against you. While some game sequel profess to being sequels, they are updated versions of the original. This game however, is a huge leap up from its original. Even if you have played the original, everyhing and I mean everything is different. If you are a real HL fan, you will just love the references to the previous incarnation. They add a extra-dimension to the storyline.
The different approaches to level design mean you never feel that you're replaying the same level from before, while the inclusion of hover-vehicle and autmobile levels adds a layer of originality that other FPS fail to provide.
I had no problems running this at full quality with;
- AMD 3500+
- Geforce 8800GT 1GB
- 2 GB RAM
(Just about to upgrade)
Together this package provides an unparallelled experience, that anyone with the comp. spec (below) to run it should add to their collection. Nothing comes close to HL:2 and the Orange Box is the ultimate symbol of this untouchable franchise.
Is this the best game ever? Well techincally yes, even though I have another favourite as Im more into strategy games. That said....
The above is written with the additional perspective of playing the original three Half-Life games over five years ago.
Now waiting for Episode 3 which fingerscrossed comes out around the New Year.
A perfect ten, or rather a perfect five!