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HalfLife 2 Episode One (DVD)

rating: 3.50 out of 5 with 23 votes
Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
Platform(s): Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 98
Format: DVD-ROM
ESRB rating: Mature
Release date: 31 May, 2006

Special feature(s):

  • CD
  • Utilizes and extends Source technology from Half Life 2
  • Exceptional, quick objectives in a razed City 17
  • Dynamic lighting and rendering
  • Most realistic robotic dog AI simulation of all time

Computer Game Description:

In this episodic sequel (formerly known as "Aftermath"), players continue the groundbreaking story that came to an explosive halt at the conclusion of Half-Life 2. Players once again assume the role of Gordon Freeman and team up with sidekick Alyx Vance to flee the remnants of a nearly-destroyed City 17 and it's eerily-empty streets.

The action begins quickly as the damage to the citadel has been done and Gordon and Alyx must lead the evacuation effort. Enemies previously un-attackable such as crab and mortar synths now stand in your path as you try to help Gordon and others escape the imminent citadel blast.

Once again utilizing the Source technology and HDR lighting popularized by Half Life 2, Episode One aims to begin the tradition of episodic content for Half Life fans. Gamers can expect over six hours of game play while taking out enemies with the help of Alyx's pet robot dog.

rating: 4 out of 5

HalfLife 2 - A great game!

For a game expert, I bet you found it easy to do all the levels. However, my husband has been playing it for months now and he still hasn't finished it.

It has clear graphics with brilliant audio (on DELL XPS laptop). You will need an expensive graphic card, but it's worth it! Absolutely an intense adventure!
rating: 5 out of 5

I didn't get "Steamed", here's how to save yourself.

By the way, to start, it's an amazing game. I've seen a lot of reviews about Steam and it's entirely unfair. Steam is a pertty darn good distrobution system if you know how to use it. Basically, all you need is the CD key in the box. Download Steam from (click "Get Steam Now") and install it. Next, create an account, then when you're in the Steam menu, go to Games->Activate a product on Steam. It'll download the game, no decryption, just, when it's about 70 percent done, you can play. Have fun.

*Note: Same applys for people with Half-Life 2 and/or other Steam games, just start from the steam menu.
rating: 2 out of 5

Don't Bother unless you feel like getting a STEAM burn

Loved HL2 but that was when STEAM was only mildly annoying. Now the STEAM activation system has reached a whole new level of sadistic pain. I won't rehash what's been described below but suffice to say it takes longer to activate this game than play it. The game HL2 Ep 1 is OK but nothing new but hey who wouldn't rather spend 2 hrs trying to activate the game ala STEAM than play it. I think I'll pass on HL2 Ep 2 until Valve comes to their senses. In the meantime, if I want to frustrate myself I'll go back to trying to purge my system of all the STARFORCE subroutines (I can only imagine what STEAM has bugged my system with?).