Half-Life 2

A sequel to the Valve Software's best-selling game that set new standards for the FPS genre back in 1998. Half-Life 2 is set several years after the events of the first game. Once again, the player assumes the role of Gordon Freeman – a doctor of physics who used to work in Black Mesa Labs, where an unfortunate incident opened a portal for alien life forms to invade the Earth. This time, the story takes us into a fictional City 17 and its immediate vicinity. The protagonist now works for a secret government organization. His mission is to repel the invaders from another dimension, in which he is aided by Alyx Vance – a young women fighting as a part of human resistance. The sequel introduces a technological revolution, employing the Valve’s proprietary game engine called Source. Its main advantage is excellent physics simulation, letting players destroy almost any element of environment and use various objects as covers or even weapons.

PC / Windows
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Half-Life 2 | PC

Half-Life 2 release date for PC:

game language:
English

16 November 2004 | Worldwide

16 November 2004 | Europe

Game mode: single / multiplayer , multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, size: 5 CD / 1 DVD
Game score 9.2 / 10 calculated out of 9654 players' votes.  

A sequel to the excellent FPS from 1998. This new title was created by the same team who gave us the first Half-Life, the Valve Software company. The script for Half-Life 2 was written by the creator of the original story – Marc Laidlaw.

The PC version of the game primarily features a story-driven single player campaign, but also local and online multiplayer modes. Moreover, the developers provided a level editor, called Hammer, which allows for creation of mods and maps.

Microsoft Xbox
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Half-Life 2

Half-Life 2 | XBOX

Half-Life 2 release date for XBOX:

game language:
English

15 November 2005 | Worldwide

18 November 2005 | Europe PAL

15 November 2005 | USA NTSC

Game mode: single player , size: 1 DVD
Game score 8.7 / 10 calculated out of 524 players' votes.  

Half-Life 2 is a direct sequel to Valve Software's first-person shooter that was originally released in 1998 on PC and hit PlayStation 2 consoles three years later. The second installment was originally designed as a PC exclusive, and the owners of Xbox had to wait almost a year to enjoy the game.

Sadly, the Xbox edition lacks the multiplayer modes present in the PC game, featuring only the single player campaign.

Android OS
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Half-Life 2 | Android

Half-Life 2 release date for Android:

game language:
English

12 May 2014 | Worldwide

Game mode: single player

A mobile conversion of one of the most important first-person shooters in the history of video games. Originally released in 2004, Valve Software’s Half-Life 2 received more than 50 different best game of the year awards and the highest score achieved by a game on Metacritic so far. The technology employed in Half-Life 2, the Source Engine, became a foundation for many iconic games, such as Counter-Strike, Dark Messiah of Might and Magic, Dota 2, Portal, Left 4 Dead, or Titanfall.

The mobile edition of Half-Life 2 is a faithful copy of the original game, with realistic visuals and excellent physics engine, as well as advanced AI of both friends and enemies. The port also features the full original voice-over. Despite the passage of time, the game has aged well and still retains it high level of quality. Sadly, only the owners of Nvidia Shield tablets with Tegra 4 processor and Shield Portable console can enjoy the mobile version of the game.

Story

Gordon Freeman, the protagonist of the first Half-Life, reprises his role as the main character. This time the ex-employee of Black Mesa Labs visits City 17, where most of the story takes place. On the other side of the barricade we have Dr. Wallace Breen – a puppet governor of Earth, ruling under the authority of an alien, Combine, that took over control of our planet. A mysterious person, known as G-Man, tasks Dr. Freeman with overthrowing the invaders, in which he is aided by new allies: the Xen race (his former enemies from Half-Life) and Alyx Vance, a young woman fighting for the human resistance.

Gameplay

The game takes you through a variety of locations in or near the City 17: sewers, suburbs, prison, harbor, etc. While traversing the game’s world you have to constantly fight different types of enemies, starting with your “old-friends” Headcrabs, all the way to Antlions and law enforcers. Just as you did before, you fight your opponents with a variety of weapons: a crowbar, revolver, shotgun, futuristic cross-bow, or the gravity gun.

Technology

Half-Life 2 for Xbox employs a new game engine, called Source, which generates not only 3D graphics, but also realistic physics. The technology introduces a certain degree of destructibility to the environments – many elements can be broken, destroyed or at least damaged. You can also use the in-game objects as either cover from enemy bullets or as weapons. Thanks to the ragdoll effect bodies of enemies fall down on the ground in a more realistic manner. Opponents are gifted with smart AI and are able to call in reinforcements, take cover, flank the player, etc.

PEGI Rating

Age rating. The PEGI rating considers the age suitability of a game, not the level of difficulty.Game contains depictions of violence.
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