Half Life Two received over 40 GOTY rewards, and its not hard to see why. It has the best story mode of any game on any platform that I have ever seen. The characters have an amazingly human feel to them, and you immediately find yourself immersed as Gordon Freeman, beating zombies with his crowbar.
But thats not all the gameplay. Oh no. You find yourself driving a converted Mustang through mountain regions to help with a rocket launch, commanding squads through the streets of City 17, stopping law enforcement with heated crossbow bolts and taking down helicopter gunships with a hovercraft.
And the story, although based around the FPS gameplay, has mini-puzzles within it, using Steam's amazing physics engine. The gravity gun can be used to hurl razor sharp disks at foes, but it can also be used to clear the road of cars and occasionally, disintegrate your enemies.
This box set contains Half Life 2, Half Life 2 Episode 1, Half Life 2 Episode 2 [Episode 3 is due out but there has been no release date yet]. But the box also contains Portal, with a fun- puzzle based story [the cake is a lie], and Team Fortress 2, one of the most surreal, yet one of the most fun online FPS around. Hearing Heavy Weapons Guy ranting on about his beloved chaingun makes me chortle every time.
So in short- no part of they story feels repetitive, or tedious, or boring. You will become addicted immediately, wanting more, wanting to discover how the game ends. At 15 pounds, for what is undoubtedly the best game of the century, AND two other games, its a steal. A must have for anyone who owns a console.