(written by Fortyrednails) Added on: 27 Feb 2012
A friend of mine many years ago told me that he had played a new game and that it was his new favorite game of all time. On his recommendation I gave it a go and I won't ever be able to recommend a game as epic as half life 2. Hands down one of, if not the greatest game of all time.
Its graphics were unmatched at the time, the gameplay was inviting and simple for someone like me who was only just getting into the gaming scene and the story was so original. If anyone ever tells you that their are no original stories anymore in this world, point them to your gaming console or computer and say they are all being brought out as games and the Half life series is a classic example of this.
When I bought this game many years ago, I found it held within the orange box game pack. It was and still is to this day the greatest bargain I have ever bought Half Life 2 being the selling point within it.
The story will start with a mysterious man, known only as the 'G man' talking to the main protagonist, Gordon Freeman about some sort of duty or job he has to do. You then are put straight into the game and in the heart of the enemy territory. The story only improves from there, from when you hovercraft your way through the sewers while being chased by the helicopters to escaping thought to Ravenholm and finding out exactly why they don't go there anymore. This story is one of the few that grabbed me instantly, its brilliant fight scenes, followed by problem solving stages. It was a story that kept on twisting the gamers and pitting them against insurmountable odds from start to finish.
The graphics and gameplay mechanics were both very successful in its day and still engaging and exciting today. From a person who has played it when this game was in its prime and recently again, paying from it on steam before finding a free copy here, unfortunately it really has not aged.
If I you are still reading this after everything I have said here then you are genuinely interested in this game and therefore I recommend downloading it. I would have to rate this nine out of ten. There is no such thing as a perfect game, but I promise this is one of the few that come close and will always be rated one of the greatest games ever made and one of the most influential in the modern era.