Whats so good about Half-Life 2?

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#1 Posted by goodgunda (293 posts) -

i got orange box on PC and started playing Half Life 2. I dont find the gameplay that interesting or unique, its just an ordinary shooter.

So what do people like about it?

I started, got my first weapon pistol and its boring now.

#2 Posted by killab2oo5 (13621 posts) -
After you get past the lame boat part you'll see.
#3 Posted by VendettaRed07 (13998 posts) -
The gameplay ill agree isnt that great, but the atmosphere, story, level design and the whole feeling that your actually being chased make it a fantastic game
#4 Posted by markop2003 (29917 posts) -
It is a bit over rated, but if you lay all the way through all the episodes then as a complete package it's one of the best shooters i've ever played. It's the story that makes it could and the charector development.
#5 Posted by AAllxxjjnn (19988 posts) -
Atmosphere, characters, those things.
#6 Posted by superjim42 (3588 posts) -

lol whats so intresting about half life 2?

have you played half life 1? if not go bak and play it then come back to half life 2 or you will be lost!

but ye once you get past the crappy beginning areas you will see why it is so great

#7 Posted by NielsNL (4346 posts) -
The fact that a thread like this is being created, about a game that originally came out 4 years ago, is saying enough I think.
#8 Posted by phatkav (1357 posts) -
Maybe the game is not fun for you? Millions of people enjoyed HL2, but maybe the game just isn't appealing for you?
#9 Posted by Hewkii (26339 posts) -
I dunno, I didn't like it that much. never liked the weapons, I think that was it.
#10 Posted by goodgunda (293 posts) -

After you get past the lame boat part you'll see. killab2oo5

Another thing, the vehicles are so crappy and buggy. Hate the controls of the vehicles

#11 Posted by Cali3350 (16130 posts) -
Its the atmosphere, story, pacing, and interaction. The Gamplay is no better then your standard run of the mill shooter.
#12 Posted by mr_mozilla (2381 posts) -

The pacing is superior. The game varies from pure action to having to solve puzzles to horror to intense "boss" fights. The atmosphere is amazing thanks to visuals and sounds. It's extremely polished in every area(voice acting, graphics, controls etc.). The characters are likeable. The gameworld is superb. The difficulty is just right, you never get stuck or become frustrated but always have a sense of achievement and progression.

The 1st one was a lot better tho for its time, and I doubt that I would had liked HL2 as much as I did if I hadn't played HL1 back in the day.

#13 Posted by akif22 (16012 posts) -

what components make a game:

gameplay: HL2 is a great FPS, with great gameplay and the grav gun was a great innovation and worked perfectly .. if used by lesser devs, it would have been a gimmick, but in HL2 it was truly an amazing weapon

graphics: the game looked great when it came out, and IMO it still looks very respectable

story / presentation: IMO the half-life games don't have the greatest of stories (pretty cliché actually), but the way in which the story is told is different to most games .. we never leave Gordon Freeman's POV, and this really makes the game special .. the atmosphere in the game is really good too

level design: again great, and varied ..the first level, city 17, is awesome and the levels that follow are great too, and each has a different feel so it never gets stale .. i won't go into detail to avoid spoiling them

audio: was there any music? can't remember, but from what i do remember, above average sound .. weapons sound right, plenty of surrounding noise / talk etc

basically it has all the ingredients to make a great game, and it all comes together really well

#14 Posted by XB360_John (302 posts) -

its hard for me to imagine how you didnt find the opening sequence amazing, from the moment you step off the train and you realise your in a big brother compound, to the little scripted moments like when the gaurds chase you up those flight of stairs.

yes the gameplay is nothing particularly special (sparing the physics), but everything else - top quality.

#15 Posted by Donkey_Puncher (5083 posts) -

Everything from Atmosphere, level design, voice acting, ambient music, graphics (still hold up for the source engine), characters, story, and pacing.

It's a case of "More than the sum of it's parts."

#16 Posted by JangoWuzHere (15917 posts) -

The fact that a thread like this is being created, about a game that originally came out 4 years ago, is saying enough I think. NielsNL

this this THIS /end topic

#17 Posted by -DrRobotnik- (5463 posts) -
Its a great shooter, expecially picks up after the boring driving part. But its nothing special, i think the series is overated.
#18 Posted by Kez1984 (4548 posts) -

The original is better. The original is better than Halo, Metriod Prime and Crysis.

Halflife 2 feels like a completely different game. I think however, Halflife 2: Episode 2 was very good, much better than the others.

#19 Posted by karasill (3155 posts) -

[QUOTE="killab2oo5"]After you get past the lame boat part you'll see. goodgunda

Another thing, the vehicles are so crappy and buggy. Hate the controls of the vehicles

You just said you started playing the game and just got the pistol. How do you know the vehicles are so crappy and buggy if those events don't come until later in the game? And if you said you played the game at a friends house, why did you buy the game in the first place since you would have thought the game was boring then.... :|

Also I notice you have a new account, I smell a troll.....

#20 Posted by goodgunda (293 posts) -
[QUOTE="goodgunda"]

[QUOTE="killab2oo5"]After you get past the lame boat part you'll see. karasill

Another thing, the vehicles are so crappy and buggy. Hate the controls of the vehicles

You just said you started playing the game and just got the pistol. How do you know the vehicles are so crappy and buggy if those events don't come until later in the game? And if you said you played the game at a friends house, why did you buy the game in the first place since you would have thought the game was boring then.... :|

I played part of it at friends house which turned out to be the boat part, the horrible part. I bought it for TF2 and Portal and i got it for $15 :D. So i just thought i'd give half-life a try thinking the boat part would only be the bad part but guess not.

#21 Posted by Kez1984 (4548 posts) -
I rather enjoyed the boat part it, particularly when the chopper dropping bombs chase and chopper 1v1 fight, it was the car that was rubbish.
#22 Posted by II-FBIsniper-II (18067 posts) -

I rather enjoyed the boat part it, particularly when the chopper dropping bombs chase and chopper 1v1 fight, it was the car that was rubbish.Kez1984
Same here.

I hated the buggy.

#23 Posted by stepat201 (1979 posts) -

After you get past the lame boat part you'll see. killab2oo5

Actually I though that part was amazing. If you actually take your time on the boat part,you can really become immersed in the world.

There's one part where if you stop and get out,you can go down an alleyway and you find an old bycicle next to a headcrab launcher. Then a zombie comes out form the water. It really got me.

Not to mention the red barn. I thought the barn was extremely atmospheric.

#24 Posted by Androvinus (5796 posts) -

I love the game its just that it freaks me out. Blasted zombies and antlions. I wasnt expecting the game to be part horror. O well I love that and episode 1, and so far Episode 2 is better than them both.
My rating:

HL2: 9.5

HL2 EP1:9

HL2 EP2: 10

#25 Posted by Juggernaut140 (36011 posts) -
Half Life 2 is fantastic except for that stupid, draw out boat level.
#26 Posted by Sonicplys (2477 posts) -
Its better than....JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO......Soulja Boy Tellem........
#27 Posted by Pinkyimp (3623 posts) -

Its better than....JOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO......Soulja Boy Tellem........Sonicplys

Oh god...its infecting the gaming community...ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!

#28 Posted by tfpcgmr (164 posts) -
Completely overrated game.
#29 Posted by VanHelsingBoA64 (5455 posts) -

[QUOTE="Kez1984"]I rather enjoyed the boat part it, particularly when the chopper dropping bombs chase and chopper 1v1 fight, it was the car that was rubbish.II-FBIsniper-II

Same here.

I hated the buggy.

I hated both vehicles. And I found most of the game to be quite boring.

#30 Posted by mayforcebeyou (2703 posts) -
everyones saying the boat levels the worst but i thought ravenholm was.
#31 Posted by stepat201 (1979 posts) -
[QUOTE="II-FBIsniper-II"]

[QUOTE="Kez1984"]I rather enjoyed the boat part it, particularly when the chopper dropping bombs chase and chopper 1v1 fight, it was the car that was rubbish.VanHelsingBoA64

Same here.

I hated the buggy.

I hated both vehicles. And I found most of the game to be quite boring.

Actually the buggy part is the most atmospheric,immersive part of the game.

The part where you get out and walk along the bottom of the bridge,that part is amazing. One of my favorite video game moments. Everything about it is perfect.

I guess the game isn't your cup of tea though.

#32 Posted by killab2oo5 (13621 posts) -
I rather enjoyed the boat part it, particularly when the chopper dropping bombs chase and chopper 1v1 fight, it was the car that was rubbish.Kez1984
Forgot about that part. It was pretty fun.
#33 Posted by Pinkyimp (3623 posts) -

everyones saying the boat levels the worst but i thought ravenholm was.mayforcebeyou

Everyone said Ravenholm was scary but i blew through that level so quick i dident even notice...one of the most non-challanging parts of the whole game IMO...

but i did hate the boat levels...going in and out of them was a Fing hassle...

#35 Posted by StealthKnife (2104 posts) -

its more of a puzzle game, but i dont like it that much either, its good but, if i wantted puzzle i would play portal, whitch i did!

the cake is a lie! damn y cant firefox copy paste!!!!! BULL i can do it on other sites!!

#36 Posted by stepat201 (1979 posts) -

its more of a puzzle game, but i dont like it that much either, its good but, if i wantted puzzle i would play portal, whitch i did!

the cake is a lie! damn y cant firefox copy paste!!!!! BULL i can do it on other sites!!

StealthKnife

You can copy+paste. ctrl+c then ctrl+v

But if you were planning on copy+pasting "the cake is a lie" a hundred times,please don't. It's not funny anymore.

#37 Posted by tfpcgmr (164 posts) -
[QUOTE="StealthKnife"]

its more of a puzzle game, but i dont like it that much either, its good but, if i wantted puzzle i would play portal, whitch i did!

the cake is a lie! damn y cant firefox copy paste!!!!! BULL i can do it on other sites!!

stepat201

You can copy+paste. ctrl+c then ctrl+v

But if you were planning on copy+pasting "the cake is a lie" a hundred times,please don't. It's not funny anymore.

It was never funny.

#38 Posted by stepat201 (1979 posts) -
[QUOTE="stepat201"][QUOTE="StealthKnife"]

its more of a puzzle game, but i dont like it that much either, its good but, if i wantted puzzle i would play portal, whitch i did!

the cake is a lie! damn y cant firefox copy paste!!!!! BULL i can do it on other sites!!

tfpcgmr

You can copy+paste. ctrl+c then ctrl+v

But if you were planning on copy+pasting "the cake is a lie" a hundred times,please don't. It's not funny anymore.

It was never funny.

True enough.

#39 Posted by ironcreed (13961 posts) -
It's fun....that is all. One of the only shooters that I can play over and over again and still love it.
#40 Posted by Juggernaut140 (36011 posts) -
[QUOTE="stepat201"][QUOTE="StealthKnife"]

its more of a puzzle game, but i dont like it that much either, its good but, if i wantted puzzle i would play portal, whitch i did!

the cake is a lie! damn y cant firefox copy paste!!!!! BULL i can do it on other sites!!

tfpcgmr

You can copy+paste. ctrl+c then ctrl+v

But if you were planning on copy+pasting "the cake is a lie" a hundred times,please don't. It's not funny anymore.

It was never funny.

Shhh!

Don't tell the internet!

#41 Posted by TIE_Elite_Pilot (829 posts) -
I remember the first 2 hours or so of Half Life was the same. Keep going, once you get to Ravenholm . . . OH MY GOD, I couldn't pry my hands off the controller lol
#42 Posted by Mongo-Boss (2108 posts) -
You can shoot!!!
#43 Posted by madsnakehhh (13968 posts) -
I'm saving some money to get The Orange Box, i've read that Half Life 2 is one of the best shooters of all time, so i'm pretty excited about it.
#44 Posted by skrat_01 (33767 posts) -

Uh because you are at the very start of the game, far from being even a quater into it.

Its simply the best recent singleplayer first person shooter. Still.

Thats it.

Besides the game is 4 years old now, yet still holds up with the recent crop of uninspiring FPSs.

#45 Posted by stepat201 (1979 posts) -

Uh because you are at the very start of the game, far from being even a quater into it.

Its simply the best recent singleplayer first person shooter. Still.

Thats it.

Besides the game is 4 years old now, yet still holds up with the recent crop of uninspiring FPSs.

skrat_01

Not every FPS is uninspiring. I think that's a pretty dumb thing to say. Look at:

1) Clear Sky

2) Crysis Warhead

3) Far Cry 2

4) Left 4 Dead

Those are the 4 big FPS's coming out this year. Are they uninspiring?

Although I do agree that HL2 is still unmatched. For it's time,I though the first game was better,but nowadays it's hard to appreciate that game.

#46 Posted by primateface (1095 posts) -

i got orange box on PC and started playing Half Life 2. I dont find the gameplay that interesting or unique, its just an ordinary shooter.

So what do people like about it?

I started, got my first weapon pistol and its boring now.

goodgunda

gravity gun

#47 Posted by KG86 (6021 posts) -
I guess I'm the only person who didn't mind the vehicle sections.
#48 Posted by MrGrimFandango (5286 posts) -

i got orange box on PC and started playing Half Life 2. I dont find the gameplay that interesting or unique, its just an ordinary shooter.

So what do people like about it?

I started, got my first weapon pistol and its boring now.

goodgunda

Maybe you should of bought it nearly 5 years ago when it was REALLY impressive...your calling a 5 year old game bad by current standards? What world do you live in? Yea compared to whats out now its nothing special but back then it was pretty much the best thing you could get.

#49 Posted by dackchaar (3668 posts) -
It is kind of over rated, but you have to remember. It came out in 2004, the physic engine, gravity gun, graphics they were all amazing. Not to mention the atmosphere, plot, characters etc..
#50 Posted by Cobalt75 (313 posts) -
I bought it 5 years ago when it came out and then bought the Orange Box for my 360. HL2 is my most played single player FPS shooter. I can't remember how many times I've beaten it.