Score - 8
The plot of the game is so engaging, that it makes you want to keep going. The storyline is clear, rationally connected to the previous sequel. The awesome game play is matched with the realistic graphics brought by The Source Engine in operation with Havok Physics. Half-Life 2 is a masterpiece, just like its predecessor.
It’s amazing how Valve Corporation, the creator of the legendary game Half-Life turns its very first game immediately into a masterpiece. The first sequel of this sci-fi first-person shooter was released on November 2004. The game garnered millions of positive reviews, received critical acclaims, and won more than a few Game of the Year awards. Valve really did shake the world with its first game. Now, it has again given Earth just another tremble with Half-Life 2. Being the second game created, players around the globe expects more and more. And it turns out Half-Life 2 didn’t fail us all. Half-Life is technically amazing. It is more sharply-honed, even better than the first game and far more excellent than any other PC games.
Game Play (Brief)
Just like the first sequel of Half-Life, you once again play the role of a theoretical physicist named Gordon Freeman. Gordon is involved in an unfamiliar event, which is basically the result of the prior game. In order to free humanity from the Combine – a powerful inter-dimensional organization of different species – he continuously battles against unfavorable odds. The game takes place around City 17 in some particular time in the future. In one of his endeavors, he is joined by allies, including rebels, friends, and fellow scientists.
The player basically navigates through a set of levels, fighting the Combine as well as some alien creatures. The game isn’t just about fights and combats. A great game isn’t like that. Half-Life 2 lets players navigate through the game, as puzzling events involve vehicles and all, interspersing exploration and on-foot combat situations in the game.
This game is realistically awesome, too. The adventure gets more exciting as challenges are packed with reality. Balancing your energy, health, and ammunition status before and during every battle is really challenging.
The Source Engine
Half-Life 2 may not be the first game to use realistic physics of source engine, but it uses the kind of source engine with Havok physics, introducing a more realistic, groundbreaking graphics. Facial expressions of the characters are incredibly detailed to perfection. The game, as a whole, looks just like some familiar places outside your house (except that it’s a little messy here because, you know, alien invasion). The Source engine of Havok physics gives the game some new heights, expanding the physics puzzle of Half-Life into a mind-bending game of all times.
PC Recommended System Requirements
- OS: Windows 2000/XP
- Processor: Intel Core i3-2120 3.30GHz
- RAM: 512 MB
- Video Card: DirectX 8.1 level Graphics Card
- HDD Space: 5 GB