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Name: Half-Life 2
Release date: November 16, 2004
Platforms: PC, Xbox, X360, PS3
Genre: FPS

Description

Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter developed by Valve and is the sequel of Half-Life. Set in the future where a humongous galactic empire conquered Earth in under 7 hours, you play Gordon Freeman, a mute theoretical badass physicist. The plot is about a resistance force trying to stop the assimilation of Earth by the combine, with mysterious figures such as the G-Man pulling the strings.

The gameplay is on the first glance quite standard for a story-based singleplayer FPS, where the player progresses through fairly linear levels and has to kill enemies along the way. Nonetheless, the game brings in a slew of new and interesting mechanics, such as the Gravity Gun, that can magnetically take and throw objects to kill, or interesting enemies such as headcrabs, little critters that latch on to heads to disable you.

Recommendation

Half-Life 2 is one of the most praised videogames of all time, both critically and by the fanbase at large, even creating the meme of "waiting for Half-Life 3". The story is considered extremely good, the atmosphere thrilling, and the gameplay possibilities with the gravity gun and the physics engine unprecedented for its time. Even today, it is very much a recommended title to play for anyone who wants a good game to play or anyone who wants to see what the fuss was all about.

Metacritics Rating: 96 (PC)
Our visitor's rating: N/A
Average playtime: 13-15 h

Our recommendation

If you don't mind older games (even if you do), this is a gem everyone should play.

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Description

Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter developed by Valve and is the sequel of Half-Life. Set in the future where a humongous galactic empire conquered Earth in under 7 hours, you play Gordon Freeman, a mute theoretical badass physicist. The plot is about a resistance force trying to stop the assimilation of Earth by the combine, with mysterious figures such as the G-Man pulling the strings.

The gameplay is on the first glance quite standard for a story-based singleplayer FPS, where the player progresses through fairly linear levels and has to kill enemies along the way. Nonetheless, the game brings in a slew of new and interesting mechanics, such as the Gravity Gun, that can magnetically take and throw objects to kill, or interesting enemies such as headcrabs, little critters that latch on to heads to disable you.

Recommendation

Half-Life 2 is one of the most praised videogames of all time, both critically and by the fanbase at large, even creating the meme of "waiting for Half-Life 3". The story is considered extremely good, the atmosphere thrilling, and the gameplay possibilities with the gravity gun and the physics engine unprecedented for its time. Even today, it is very much a recommended title to play for anyone who wants a good game to play or anyone who wants to see what the fuss was all about.

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Note: We are only showing paid DLC at this time. Free DLCs will be added at a later date.

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What does it add?

While some may put it in the category of a full-blown sequel, this shorter expansion to Half-Life 2's story is set right after the events of Half-Life 2. It also brings new enemies, added more AI sidekick enhancements, and is generally an extension to HL2. It was then famously being sold in the Orange Box along with Episode 2 as one big package.

Buy this if:

  • You want an extension to Half-Life 2's story
  • You want new enemies, new levels, new gameplay in Half-Life 2's universe

Key store price: 4.42 $
Traditional store price: 7.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 85
Release date: Jun 1, 2006

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What does it add?

A year later after Episode One, Episode Two came out, and generally follows the same formula as Episode One - it extends the story more and continues after Episode One, presenting about a 4-6 hour storyline. You venture into the Outlands, to find a rebel base and stop Combine from bringing reinforcements to Earth.

Buy this if:

  • You want an extension to Half-Life 2's story
  • You want new enemies, new levels, new gameplay in Half-Life 2's universe

Key store price: 6.71 $
Traditional store price: 7.99 $
Metacritics Rating: 90
Release date: Oct 10, 2007
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Platforms: Classic store price: Key store price:
Standard Edition PC, XBOX, X360, PS3 9.99 $ 6.60 $
The Orange Box PC 19.99 $ 8.95 $

Edition Chart

Standard Edition The Orange Box
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Portal 1 white checkmark
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  1. Just know there is a tiny risk. Either your purchase will fail and you will use your money, or that the key you recieved won't work. It has never happened to us or anyone we know, but it has certainly happened to a number of people on the internet. That is partly the nature of the business, partly un-consumer business practices of some of the stores. In 99.9 % of cases, the purchase will be ok, but sometimes it won't.
  2. If the price is not cheaper on key stores (it almost always is, though), then we recommend to buy from the traditional, established retailers.
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