Video Game #7: Half-Life (Or more accurately, Half-Life 2)

I’m going to be completely honest. I don’t really like the original Half-Life game. I never beat the final boss. It didn’t feel like it had much of a story. I just couldn’t stand it much. So I was leery of Half-Life 2, which I had originally started prior to start Half-Life, but felt I should start at the beginning. That being said, I really enjoy Half-Life 2 and the subsequent chapters, including The Lost Shore.

Half-Life 2

Half-Life 2 starts with the creepy G-Man talking in his creepy way to you. This dude is very enigmatic and very annoying…and I typically want to beat him with a crow bar. Several times over. So you then wind up on a train to who knows where. The simple fact is, you have no damn clue what is going on. Listening ot people and conversations on the train and in the station, you learn that things aren’t so good for humans. And everyone who know you, well almost everyone, is so glad to see you. Of course you haven’t aged a day…so it’s really awkward at times. So you learn aliens invaded once you beat the final boss in HL1. And it went horrible for the humans…as in 7 hours defeated bad and things just have been getting worse. A totalitarian state. Aliens doing who knows what to humanity. Guess who has to stop it all…that’s right, you! Gordon Freeman. The Freeman! So let’s grab that HEV suit and crowbar and lets go!

This game is a good game. Graphically, I felt it was gorgeous. The atmospheres were dynamic. Ravonholm in the chapter “We Don’t Go To Ravenholm…” is very creepy and intense. And the chapter is probably one of my favorites. All of them are…unique and can be quite frustrating if you’re not careful.

The Citadel - Half-Life 2

The Citadel

Half-Life 2

  • Story –  8
  • Playability – 8
  • Visual Appeal – 8
  • Overall – 8

 Half-Life 2: Episode 1

This is a direct continuation of Half-Life 2. It is basically the escape from City 17. You discover quite a bit more back story with who the Combine really is and who was really pulling the strings on Earth. First thing you had to do was go into the reactor  failing Citadel you’d just tried to bring down and keep the Combine from blowing it up for their own reasons.

The Creepy G-Man

The G-Man, Creepy Extraordinaire

My favorite thing is, you’re not quite so alone in this. You have Alyx Vance, the daughter of one of the scientists, Eli Vance, with you pretty much the whole way. She’s rather useful and helps with getting past barriers. She’s also not that bad of a shot.

Alyx Vance

Alyx Vance and the Singing Vortigaunts

Eventually you do get out of the city…and well…that ends the game. It is just like Half-Life 2, graphically and story wise. It’s just a continuation.

Uh Oh

That’s never a good thing, right?

Half-Life 2 – Episode 1

  • Story –  9
  • Playability – 8
  • Visual Appeal – 8
  • Overall – 8.5

 Half-Life 2: Episode 2

So at the end of Episode 1, you’re in a train. At the start of Episode 2, that train is derailed.  This time, you’re trying to race the Combine forces to the Scientists in a missile silo to the north. They have a plan to keep the Combine forces from receiving reinforcements but they need the information you and Alyx found to do so.

City 17 Remains

Nope, definitely not good

As it is a race against time, you’re always on the move. You run into newer, nastier bad guys and get help, once more, from the Vortigaunts. More so this time, Alyx is a bigger member of the team. Most of the game is spent traversing some beautiful countryside in the equivalent of a supped up dune buggy. Once you get the the missle silo, it’s a defensive stand from, in my opinion, hell, to keep the combine off your back.

Uh Oh

Bye-Bye Wormhole!

There is even a reference to the Portal games in this one. Once more, a gorgeous game on their Source engine and a good story line.

Half-Life 2: Episode 2

  • Story –  8.5
  • Playability – 8
  • Visual Appeal – 8
  • Overall – 8.5

Half-Life 2: Lost Shore

City View

I wanna go there.

I have no idea what this is. It was short. Easy. I think it’s a work in progress but no idea.


Overall I adore the Half-Life 2 series. I don’t like though is the fact…where’s the rest of the game? What happened to Judith? What’s going on with the Borealis? I want answers….where’s Half-Life 3?

Oh well…I think we’ll be waiting for a while for those answers.


One thought on “Video Game #7: Half-Life (Or more accurately, Half-Life 2)

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