Gaming 101: Half Life 2

Probably one of the best stories ever created was offered by Valve through Half Life in 1998.

A different perspective upon science, technology, war and fantasy – the one who led us into the unimaginative was no other but Gordon Freeman. This character became an icon, a hero among heroes and Valve was thinking about expanding his story with sequels to the original game.

Today we’re talking Half Life 2.

I guess that Freeman is an unwelcomed guest everywhere he goes.

Right after G-Man orders you to Rise and Shine, because the wrong man in the right place can make all the differences, you enter City 17.

Your adventure begins after you meet up with Barney and get chased by the Civil Protection. Feels like a deja vu ain’t it…

New characters along with old ones, new enemies and new exciting adventures. Half Life 2 is about…science, as we all know it. In the beginning you’ll have to visit Dr. Kleiner’s lab and use the ageless portal, now with some modifications. And of course that something must go wrong and you end up in another place than the right one. That’s’s just the way things go here with all Black Mesa personnel.

The first weapon you get is the…crowbar, the one which made the original game famous.

Most of the HL2 weapons are new concepts of the old ones. Pistol – USP Match, .357 Magnum, Shotgun – SPAS 12, Sub-Machine Gun – MP7, Crossbow and so. There are also significant changes in the enemy line. New units along with the old ones: headcrabs, zombies, barnacles, ant-lions, scanners, man-hacks, hunting-choppers, gunships and other elements.

Everything is put in order to create an extraordinary action environment. Half Life 2 is based on combat, and less on how to think your way through. Of course that are some occasions in which you can use your head to think of something useful. For example, in Route Kanal, you have many barnacles waiting on the ceilings. Using a barrel with a flammable substance can help you get rid of them.

Some different example could be the use of the Gravity Gun, to obtain a battery in order to open up a passage in Sandtraps.

Another interesting fact is being able to control ant-lions. Organize your ant-lion army and make it attack anything.

If I must describe the game in just one word – it would be awesome.


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