Half-Life 2 (2004)

Video Game  -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  16 November 2004 (USA)
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Assume the role of Gordon Freeman as he fights to free humanity from the oppressive Combine.



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Complete credited cast:
Dr. Eli Vance (voice)
Vortigaunt (voice)
Alyx Vance (voice)
Michael Shapiro ...
G-Man / Barney Calhoun (voice)
Harry S. Robins ...
Jim French ...
Father Grigori (voice)
Citizens / Misc. characters (voice)
Mary Kae Irvin ...
Citizens / Misc. characters (voice)
Ellen McLain ...
Overwatch (voice)


After a teleport malfunctions, letting aliens from a planet called Xen into the Black Mesa research facility. Dr. Gordon Freeman who designed the teleport escapes and is coerced into working for an unscrupulous government agent known only as the G Man. Placed into stasis by the G Man, Dr. Freeeman awakens on a train heading for a massive European city known only as City 17. An alien empire called the Combine watches over an army of human minions that occupy earth and enslave it's populace, devouring its resources. And sitting within the massive fortress called the Citadel that controls the oppression is none other than Gordon Freeman's old administrator, Dr. Wallace Breen. Uniting with his old acquaintances from the Black Mesa research facility, Dr. Freeman finds himself the one free man of Earth with the fate of humanity resting on his shoulders. Written by redcommander27

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The original opening sequence of the game placed the player on a hill near a Utopian modern-day city. The sky was blue and the sun was shining. Gradually, as the G-Man spoke, the sky turned red and darkened, and the city turned black. In a flash of lightning, the Citadel appeared in the middle of the city. A train pulled up and the player climbed on and, after an extended opening train reminiscent of the original Half-Life (1998), arrived in City 17. See more »


[first lines]
G-Man: Rise and shine, Mister Freeman. Rise and... shine. Not that I... wish to imply you have been sleeping on the job. No one is more deserving of a rest, and all the effort in the world would have gone to waste until... well, let's just say your hour has... come again.
G-Man: The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world. So, wake up, Mister Freeman. Wake up and... *smell the ashes*...
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Best game ever-period
2 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This game sucks you in and doesn't let go. Every detail has been attended too. See those barrels, that look like they can be moved? Guess what-THEY CAN BE!

The physics engine is nothing short of brilliant. Everything acts as you would expect in the real world.

The facial animations are great, as are the amazing textures (you'll wonder around with your flash light every time you find a new texture to explore).

The game play is fast and fun, but still has puzzles like the original.

I don't know what game these cranks are talking about, but from what I understand they do not know enough to get rid of graphic card specific problems and thus didn't like the game. The problem is their rig, drivers, or setting, not HL2. Plus, HL2 doesn't even have that high a system requirements. It runs better than doom 3 but looks far better.

verdict: **** (four stars out of four)

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