|North American Box Art, featuring the|
series protagonist Gordon Freeman
Upon its release it was praised for the number of new features that were added in, along with new weapons, the occasional vehicle, the ability to command and control a squad of soldiers in combat, and the biggest thing; the introduction of the Source Engine. Basically the birth place of most modern Valve games, the same engine is used in countless titles such as Team Fortress 2, Portal 1 & 2, Alien Swarm, Dota 2, Counter Strike: Source, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and countless other titles. Another popular indie title that became a large success using the Source Engine was Garry's Mod, a game in which the player the player has the ability to manipulate rag dolls, create an environment, and do just about everything. But enough about about all those other games, now we will talk about Half Life 2. The genre is a single-player FPS that takes place 20 years after the first game, located somewhere in near Europe (perhaps Russia as several old Russian bill boards found around the countryside suggest). Also the iconic trade mark of the returns, the grey and red crowbar continues to reek havoc on your foes and planks alike. You are Gordon Freeman, the silent protagonist of the series. The game begins with Gordon mysteriously appearing on a train bound for City 17, as you take your little train you are spoken to by the mysterious G-Man, who has been watching Freeman since the start of the first game. At the end of the first game, after Gordon is transported to the alien world of Xen and destroys a powerful space entity that was holding open a portal to Earth, allowing the hostile aliens into Black Mesa (the facility where Gordon worked until the "resonance cascade" or what is referred to as "The Black Mesa Incident".) After Freeman kills the creature he is teleported to safety in the G-Man, the man who had been shadowing Gordon throughout Black Mesa. At the end of the game the G-Man offers Freeman a opportunity to work with him, Gordon can say yes or no, but in the case of moving on to the sequel, he presumably said yes, because if you say no, you get eaten by aliens. Happy ending, no?
|G-Man as he appears in Half Life(left) and|
as he appears in Half Life 2(right)
As I mentioned earlier, vehicles were a popular introduction because nothings more fun than driving around in a air-boat with gattling-gun shooting down choppers. I would honestly give this game a 10/10, that how good it is. If you would like to purchase it, you can find it on the steam store for $10.00 on Steam Store. Hope you all have enjoyed my back-to-blog post and I will be back next Wednesday. This has been Jacob Arnold, signing off.