Half Life 2… What’s the big deal?

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During thanksgiving I bought Half Life 2 for my laptop, I heard a number of times people say Half Life 2 is one of the best games ever and countless game reviewers and websites compare games to Half Life 2. I bought it thinking I was in for an amazing experience and one of the best games and first person shooters I’d ever play. I have to say after playing for about eight hours I’m quite disappointed.

Half Life 2’s story isn’t very interesting and not much is said about it. I’m close to the end of the game and all I have done is met a few people and fought and shot my way from one area to another, nothing special. Most of  my encounters with story characters go something like this “Gordon it’s been so long, I’m glad to see you, I’ve been hard at work come take a look at this” then immediately some disturbance comes like enemies trying to invade your location and then your off fighting enemies for a few hours to get to the next location. Don’t get me wrong the game is still fun and has some impressive features but, I don’t know where people get this high praise for Half Life 2.

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For a game from 2004 it has some very impressive features. The graphics are very details, the mouthing on characters look something from this generation of gaming, not last generation. The sound is done quite well, with some good climactic music at times and the few locations I visited were different and unique. I didn’t like the controls due to the fact I’m a console gamer and don’t like computer and mouse controls. I honestly don’t know how people play Call of Duty and Halo on computers and winning matches and get high scores.The gameplay is fun, nothing revolutionary, I got to use a few different guns like an assault rifle, pistol and rocket launcher. One particularly unique gun I acquired early on was the gravity gun. I have to say, most of the fun I’ve had in this game was playing with the gravity gun. Grabbing various objects like boxes and oil barrels and shooting them at enemies is just plain fun and sometimes funny.

Overall Half Life 2 is a fun, different and impressive game but, not one deserving of 39 game of the year awards. That’s just insane how many awards this game has received as well countless publications regarding it as one of the best games of all time. For me there were plenty of other games that are better than this. This game was released in 2004, that year saw a number of fantastic games that were more deserving of the game of the year trophy. Games like Halo 2, Grand theft Auto San Andreas, Star Wars Battlefront and Call of Duty.

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