Originally Posted by jimwest
I actually just beat EP1 today for the first time. I beat it in 3 hours, but it was extremely enjoyable. It's a lot more focused and than HL2 is. The linear, more deliberate style and pacing are well done. Just started EP2, already I'm impressed lol.
Wow, 3 hours? I guess I suck at gaming cause I think it took me at least 6 the first time through. EP2 is definitely the better of the two episodes ... the ending battle is just epic, and then the actual ending ... well, lets just say ... it's emotional
I don't think there's even been a better SP FPS than HL2 + episodes, and the only ones I think are even in the same league I've ever played are Stalker SoC, FEAR, and Prey ... all of which are at least 5 years old. So ... yeah. They don't make 'em like that anymore.
One thing you lose out on nowadays when you play HL2 for the first time is the sense of wonder at the amazing realism of the main characters in the game. Back when HL2 came out, there'd never been a game where the characters like Alyx and Eli and Barney seemed SO friggin real. The animations, facial expressions ... The first time I ran into Alyx and she started talking to me I was like "NO FRIGGIN WAY ... that's incredible!".
It all looks very routine by current standards, but when it came out in 2004 (I started playing it the day it came out) it was very cutting-edge.