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[b]Half Life 2 - 9/10[/b]
I loved this game. The story, set pieces, atmosphere, characters, weapons, locations - everything is great. Most of all this game is fantastic fun. The gravity gun is easily the best ever weapon devised. My only complaint being that it cant lift heavier objects or people until the last bit of the game - which shows how much more fun it could have been. But this could have also ruined the perfectly pitched difficulty level as it may have made it too easy. But it doesnt stop it feeling like a missed opportunity. Also the items in the game world dont have much weight to them. For example cars only move slightly & dont go very high giving a sense of wieight but they just seem very light still. Again this is a missed opportunity as anyone who has played Psi-Ops will know adding weight to items adds immeasurably to the experience.
This doesnt stop it from being brilliant though. There are many stand out moments - ravenholm, running across rooftops, Dog - there are just so many moments that stand head & shoulders above all other games. I cant recommend it highly enough. Also it does away with one of my most hated FPS traits - recharging health & limited weapons. This for me just makes the whole experience even more enjoyable.
A brilliant game just missing the 10 mark due to weightless environment & limited gravity gun.
[b]Half Life 2 Ep1 - 7/10[/b]
The low point of this package for me. Sure all the gameplays there its the locations & the feel of a rushed job that ruin it. Most of the time is spent in the uninispired, repetative sci-fi citadel centre (one of the worse location of HL2), in the dark or fighting Antlions - which get almost as annoying as Halo's the flood in this episode.
The whole thing feels a bit thrown together. Its too short & the locations are dull & repetative. Luckily the gameplay & atnmosphere still raise it above average. But still a let down
[b]Half Life 2 Ep2 - 9/10[/b]
This is more like it. A return to the strengths of the first instalment. Some shocking moments in the story with people you have actualy grown attached to & actualy like reaching near death & even being killed.
The locations are again brilliant & different enough form the first 2 without seeming out of place. & set pieces & experiences sometimes bettering HL2 with some mammoth battles taking place. Defending the base being a particularly cool battle. Still my minor problems are here that stopped HL2 getting 10. But again this is brilliant & left me gagging for Ep3 to come out.
[b]Portal - 9/10[/b]
Wow. What a breathe of fresh air! This is one of the most charming & original games I have ever played.
1 weapon with 2 functions - fire a portal you enter & one you exit & use this to solve 19 increasingly complex puzzles. Its so simple its genius. There are some serious head-f*@$s involved in this. Coming out of the ceiling when you've walked into a wall is seriously disorientating & best of all mad!
Movement is also take into effect. The faster you walk in the first portal the faster you leave the 2nd. So jumping off a great height into the floor can send you flying through a wall across entire chasms. & throughout all this you have a psycho robot talking to you. This provides some truly laugh out loud moments. & any game that can make you laugh out loud is doing something right. Its brilliant. There is no other word for it.
Which makes this review difficult. Unless you play the game you cant be told how brilliant it is without ruining the puzzles or surprises this game holds. Just take mine & many more peoples word for it. YOu must play it.
My only complaint is that after extended play it becomes exhausting on the old noggin & starts feeling a little repetative. But dont despair it feels fresh again after a short break. But its much better suited for quick 1-2 hour blasts. Some will complain at the length but I think its perfect. It never outstays its welcome & there are loads more challenges when it has been completed. & if there were anymore levels it may have become disheartening looking at how many challenges you have to perfect.