The Half-Life series is a complicated beast. Whilst the series has serious has prospered on the PC attracting massive critical acclaim it never really got off the ground on games consoles.
The original Half-Life was released in 1998; it took three years until it was ported to the PlayStation 2 and when it was released, it didn’t get the hype and fanfare it really deserved. Half-Life 2 followed in 2004 and pushed the boundaries of what people expect from their first person shooters even further. It took another year for a console version to be released, the sadly lacking Xbox version. With the release of the xbox360 occuring about the same time as HL2’s console appearance the game was again overlooked.
This time though I think Valve will get it spot on. Not content with releasing Half-Life 2, Episode 2 at the same time on both PCs and next-generation consoles, the PS3 and xbox360 versions will also contain the original Half-Life 2, Episode One, Team Fortress 2 and a particularly interesting new title- Portal.
Anyway, sticking with the game’s primary focus, Half-Life 2 Episode 2 looks set to continue the story of Gordon Freeman’s attempts to save humanity from alien lifeforms. In this episode the focus appears to be much more on vehicles and a departure from the urban environment to countryside and forests. The latest High-Res trailer from IGN also shows the game will maintain its cinematic style and boasts the very impressive physics you would expect from a Half-Life game.
Personally I cannot wait, whilst it might look a bit like Coded Arms or Resistance it is worth remembering that this is still the benchmark. My laptop would never be able to do Half-Life 2 any sort of justice and the bundle of goodies that the console version will come with make the deal even sweeter! Anybody else looking forward to this?
Written by: Tom
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