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LTTP: Half life 2

mcjmetroid

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It doesn't get very much later than this one.
This is my first time completing half life 2. I just want to give my impressions below.

Saying that I did play half life 2 on the PS3 years ago but never finished it.
Now with a Pc in 120fps I can say it's a very enjoyable experience however overall I have to say Black Mesa is the better experience.

Now I haven't played the original Half-life in some time. I decided to replay them all and started with Black Mesa as it is remake of the original game.

Black Mesa and I suppose half life's only problem is... It's too long and at certain points in the middle of the game it becomes very samey and repetitive until you reach the real alien world designs.

Half life 2 breaks up it's levels a little better but again has that middle part of the game. Chapter 8's "Sandtraps" until chapter 10 was a real bore. Even chapter 10 where you have a squad you can " command".. and they just end up getting in your way most of the time.
It just doesn't age well. Nice idea but annoying. Black Mesa had less gimmicks and the ones it did have like the dodge and long jump were amazing.

Also... Why the addition of the AUX power? Limited use of run and the flashlight?... Ok

Half life 2 has a lot of game breaking bugs as well. I came across the infamous train bug where a train is blocking your way and you have to restart from a previous save to get around it. It's quite a buggy game in general.

A lot of people complemented the level design of half life 2... Am it's very good but good for the time. You can get lost in half life 2 very easily. Sometimes it's intentional because it's a puzzle but sometimes you're looking for literally where to go only to find you were overlooking a mere ladder that blends into an area that's mostly grey anyway and I'm playing the game in 4k!
It's mostly good and challenges the player to finds where to go. But in some areas it needed a tad bit more polish.

I think half life 2 is the right length for this type of game. Half life 1 is about 2 times longer than half life 2 I'd say and yaaaa it's a bit too long.

I liked the vehicle sections in half life 2( the car one went on too long though), I like the puzzles for the most part and the final 2 chapters were a lot of fun.

My overall impressions are half life 2 is very good and no doubt came up with great new innovations for the time. I'd be lying though if I said I wasn't disappointed coming from Black Mesa.. ya I know Black Mesa came later and no it isn't just about the graphics.

I'm not even sure what black Mesa fixed that half life 1 didn't have.
 

sluggard

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black mesa remade entire sections of half-life 1, it's pretty good but also a very different experience compared to the original game

i find the original half life a bit more fun to replay than both black mesa and half-life 2 just because it has way less gimmicks and is more straightforward

also worth checking out opposing force for the first game, it takes everything about the first game and makes it even better, its shorter, less repetitive and more action-packed
 

Loke

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also worth checking out opposing force for the first game, it takes everything about the first game and makes it even better, its shorter, less repetitive and more action-packed
Opposing Force is good but I'd say it's hardly better than Half-Life. Gameplay is unbalanced, it straight up rips off a section from the original game and of course the ludicrous way Shephard gain access to Lambda Core.
 
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Cryio

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Opposing Force is good but I'd say it's hardly better than Half-Life. Gameplay is unbalanced, it straight up rips off a section from the original game and of course the ludicrous way Shephard gain access to Lambda Core.
I'll agree with the man. Opposing Force is basically Half-Life 1, but everything is better this time. The levels, the pacing, the weapons, the enemies, the level design, the gameplay "gimmicks". It's just a better game all around. It's also shorter, so it doesn't outstay it's welcome
 
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