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Half-Life 2: Game of the Year Edition (PC DVD)

Platform : Windows XP
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews

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  • Includes:
  • Half-Life 2
  • Counter-Strike: Source
  • Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
  • Half-Life: Source
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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • Release Date: 30 Sept. 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,521 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Half-Life 2: Game of the Year is a special edition release of the best-selling and critically acclaimed title that includes Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source, plus Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, and Half-Life: Source.

Counter-Strike: Source takes the world's number one online action game to new heights atop the Source engine with brilliant graphics, enhanced versions of the classic CS maps, all-new CS maps, offline skirmish play with AI bots, and more. It also includes Half-Life 2: Deathmatch and Day of Defeat Source.

Half Life 2 for the Xbox system defines a new benchmark in console gaming with startling realism and responsiveness. Powered by Source technology, Half-Life 2 for Xbox features the most sophisticated in-game characters ever witnessed, advanced AI, stunning graphics and physical gameplay.

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When I first played Half Life 2, a group of friends gathered round my computer to watch for hours as the story and set pieces unfolded. Yes, it's linear, but deliberately so - movies are also linear, and this game achieves the drama and excitement of a movie whilst retaining the enjoyment of split-second decision-making.

The atmosphere is skilfully built up as you step off the train into a believable, if generic, Nineteen Eighty-Four-style dystopic metropolis. The dishevelled citizens mutter fearfully as you pass. You are unarmed, shepherded like a sheep by the electric baton-wielding guards. A glimpse of a fifty-foot walker robot is a nod to the scale of what is to come...

And so the action begins, combining the best elements of tactical FPS gunfighting (Nova Prospekt), adventure (the buggy ride up the coast) and horror (Ravenholm). There are no levels as such - each section of the story blends seamlessly (well, via a loading screen to help you catch your breath) into the next, creating a feeling of real progress. At one point, your character, the brilliantly average Gordon Freeman, must traverse the support girders of an enormous railway bridge. The journey across, with the wind howling melodically around you, is frightening but satisfying. And then you reach the other side and that's when you realise you must now go back the way you came - and now there's a helicopter gunship circling you...

Beautiful, convincing, and exciting, Half Life 2 isn't just the best game ever made... few other games even come close.
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By G. Lewis VINE VOICE on 9 Aug. 2006
Back in the day when Half Life 1 was king and nearly every PC gamer was playing it or one of its mods I tried on numerous occasions to like it. I even bought it and sold it twice but it never sat comfortably with me. It is for this reason that it has taken me two years to get around to Half Life 2.

It seems that I picked a good time to try it out because the new episodes are starting to emerge and I don't know if I could have waited for the new episodes if I'd started a year ago!

The story pulled me in in such a way that I was sad to finish it, only to find that Episode 1 came out and fed me with just enough to keep me hooked. The game is set in a European style city called City 17, which is currently swarming with alien soldiers, zombies and other incredibly irritating creatures. Inevitably a resistance to their oppressive regime is forming and it seems that you've already been chosen to lead it (or at least hold it together).

Your journey will take you through a number of varied environments that are all drawn brilliantly. The havok physics engine makes everything act as though it has real weight too. Everything adds up to a very impressive looking package. Fortunately its not all show and no go, there is a very engaging game underneath the Source engine and a cast of characters that have a convincing personality to them.

Even if you didn't like Half Life 1, don't let it put you off HL2, its brilliant.

A lot of people complain about the fact that you need Steam installed. I can see their point. It does mean that you can't really sell your copy of HL2 when you've finished it but it has its benefits too.
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What can I say about Half Life 2? It's as perfect as a game can ever be! When I played the original I was amazed at the A.I. so I was really looking forward to see what it would be like in Half Life 2. And it doesn't dissapoint. In a first person shooter I don't think I have seen such quality A.I. It really is good.

The graphics are imaculate! Crystal clear images, spectacular surroundings, accurate shadows and excellent detail. Of course to get the full benefits of this game you will need a decent computer but it's worth it! My personal favourite is driving along the coastal road in the buggy!

The story is quite interesting but a tip for those who haven't played it yet: As you move progress through the levels keep an eye out for newspaper cuttings on walls, billboards etc especially in the first level which is there to help you get used to the controls (there is no shooting in the beginning so you can take your time to explore). These cut outs will explain what happened between the end of Half Life and the beginning of Half Life 2.

Gameplay is again beautifuly simple. No complex controls to get used to. What is also great is the lenght of the game. There is a tendency these days (especially in the big names, think call of duty 2 and medal of honour pacific assault) to make games smaller and thus leave you slightly unfulfilled at the end. I am happy to say that this is not the cas with Half Life 2. It provide you with lots of hours of gaming and it never gets boring.

My one minor complaint are the weapons. Although the choice is perfectly adequate i would like to have seen a sniper rifle and maybe a proper assault rifle. But this is just me being pedantic and trying to find at leat one negative thing about it!
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