7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A must-buy game,
This review is from: Half-Life (PS2) (Video Game)
Firstly, I have to say that this is an awesome game, great graphics, great sound, cool weapons and gameplay and still some of the best A.I. opponents of any video game today. However, I also have to say that I was dissappointed slightly with the ps2 version. This was down to one reason - the manual targeting of the enemies. If I had never played the PC version, then this wouldn't bother me in the slightest - but the fact is I have.
Whereas in the PC version, you could shoot any enemy you wanted, switching your target at will, in the PS2 version you have to lock-on to enemies using the 'O' button. Without locking on, it takes much longer to kill the opponents. But then, as soon as you lock-on to a particular enemy, you have to manually switch to another to change your target. This broke up gun-fighting scenes in my opinion and slowed down the action. Also, I found it more unrealistic, as you don't lock-on to targets in real life when fighting with a pistol or machine-gun. This may sound like a small annoyance, but unfortunately for me, it was enough to take out a majority of the fun.
But let me make myself clear - if you are new to Half Life and are considering buying it for the PS2, then I strongly recommend that you do so. If, however, you have already played the PC version of the game, then rent it out first and make sure that you are happy with the latest adjustments.
Again, I must make myself clear, I am not in any way saying that Half Life for the PS2 is bad. It's just that I had already got used to the PC way of things. If, as I say, you are new to the game, then you can just practice with the lock-on and get used to it that way.