So this is five years old..............

#1 Posted by GeoffPeterson1 (34 posts) -

It seems like only yesterday I played through this and experienced it's devastating ending. and while the only information that has come out on the next game in the series in five years has been a few pieces of concept art I have not given up hope that one day I may get to play it.

#2 Posted by Asurastrike (2162 posts) -

I should try finishing this at some point. After Episode one, I got burnt out on Half Life 2.

#3 Edited by BabyChooChoo (4310 posts) -

At this point, I'm expecting to see, get, and complete a new SiN game before we even hear anything about a new Half-Life sequel.

#4 Posted by AjayRaz (12418 posts) -

i actually just finished this for the first time yesterday. at this point, if they're taking so long then they're probably building an entire new engine or something.

#5 Posted by Mirado (992 posts) -

@GeoffPeterson1: At this point, wouldn't it make more sense to get a Half-Life 3 out of it? I mean, with a five year gap between games, you're doing a disservice to both old and new fans by just putting out another piece of episodic content. For old fans, one would hope they'd have moved on to another iteration of the Source engine at this point (either a total overhaul or a brand new one), and would have more to show for the half-decade absence then four or five hours of gameplay, and new fans would have no clue what was going on at all. Hell, at this point some of us old fans are getting pretty forgetful.

When Valve decides to continue the Half-Life series, I hope the blow it out completely with new tech and a full game behind it. Just like HL2 introduced a strong emphasis on physics based puzzle solving in a FPS vs the original.

(Then again, HL2; EP 3 is fine too. D:)

#6 Posted by Sweep (8830 posts) -

I found the Half Life 2 and both Episodes pretty average, probably because I played them several years after they were released and the groundbreaking elements of the game no longer seemed particularly groundbreaking. Consequently I'm not too fussed about another Half Life game. Portal is considered it's spiritual successor anyway. That's good enough for me.

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#7 Posted by MooseyMcMan (10576 posts) -

Thank you for reminding me about Episode 2's cliffhanger/WHAT?! ending that made the initial wait for Episode 3 even worse. It had just faded away into nothingness...

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#8 Posted by Village_Guy (2509 posts) -

I must admit I never really thought particularly highly about Half Life 2 and the it's "Episodes".

Gameplay was average, graphics was good granted, but the story was lackluster and the settings were not very interesting. The best part was before you escape City 17.

#9 Posted by CptBedlam (4449 posts) -

@Sweep said:

I found the Half Life 2 and both Episodes pretty average, probably because I played them several years after they were released and the groundbreaking elements of the game no longer seemed particularly groundbreaking.

I finished HL2 two days after its release and I found it pretty average. :-/

#10 Posted by niamahai (1405 posts) -

HL3 Ep3: The introduction of iron sights!

Calling it now!

#11 Posted by SomeDeliCook (2233 posts) -

@niamahai said:

HL3 Ep3: The introduction of iron sights!

Calling it now!

The new CS didn't even have iron sights

#12 Posted by Fallen189 (4944 posts) -

Episode 3 is vaporware

#13 Posted by ajamafalous (11876 posts) -

So is TF2!

#14 Posted by atomic_dumpling (2462 posts) -

@MooseyMcMan said:

Thank you for reminding me about Episode 2's cliffhanger/WHAT?! ending that made the initial wait for Episode 3 even worse. It had just faded away into nothingness...

I still contend that they never had any clue where to go from there anyway.

#15 Posted by Ducksworth (659 posts) -

I should play this game at some point...but then I should play the first before I do that. It's a bit frustrating because I found Half-Life 2 CD's in a big box of old PC games (I think my dads friend gave them to him) but there's no CD key, it's probably not a huge deal since the game isn't that expensive to begin with.

#16 Posted by Ravenlight (8040 posts) -

@Ducksworth said:

I should play this game at some point...but then I should play the first before I do that. It's a bit frustrating because I found Half-Life 2 CD's in a big box of old PC games (I think my dads friend gave them to him) but there's no CD key, it's probably not a huge deal since the game isn't that expensive to begin with.

HL2 requires activation on Steam and each key can only be used once, so you're probably out of luck anyway if it's a second-hand game. You should be able to pick it up for pennies if you wait for it to go on sale again, though.

#17 Posted by probablytuna (3554 posts) -

I should go and finish Episode 1 and 2....

#18 Posted by MikkaQ (10270 posts) -

@BabyChooChoo said:

At this point, I'm expecting to see, get, and complete a new SiN game before we even hear anything about a new Half-Life sequel.

The real question is... are we getting SiN Episode 2 or SiN 2?

#19 Posted by StarFoxA (5140 posts) -

@Ducksworth said:

I should play this game at some point...but then I should play the first before I do that. It's a bit frustrating because I found Half-Life 2 CD's in a big box of old PC games (I think my dads friend gave them to him) but there's no CD key, it's probably not a huge deal since the game isn't that expensive to begin with.

The first Half-Life has actually aged extremely well, except for Xen, but I didn't find it as bad as everyone typically complains. So yeah, be sure to play that before you move on to Half-Life 2 and the Episodes.

#20 Posted by Vitor (2812 posts) -

@Asurastrike said:

I should try finishing this at some point. After Episode one, I got burnt out on Half Life 2.

Dude, the ending is NUTS in an emotionally rending, tough sorta way. Definitely worth it.

#21 Posted by louiedog (2335 posts) -

5 years? That explains why I can barely remember anything about it. Something about a gnome, a rocket, and playing basketball against a team of striders.

#22 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

who cares they are still making alot of money which takes away the pressure to release this game to make bank, this could be the most brilliantly crafted game in history or a Duke Nukem Forever which is very unlikely. Imagine if this game is 100 gigs and instead of coming on disks it comes on a SSD USB drive.

#23 Posted by TonicBH (268 posts) -

@Mirado: What makes you think it's gonna be "episodic"? They could make a 10+ hour FPS story and still call it "Episode Three."

Though, I wouldn't be surprised if it's called "Half-Life 2 Aftermath" or something, I think Valve would save "Half-Life 3" for a big, new entry in the franchise and not just a conclusion of the Half-Life 2 saga.

#24 Posted by Aetheldod (3517 posts) -

Gameplay average????? Why you blasphemous evil people ... it has THE BEST FPS gameplay ever period !!"!!!! >:(granted its my fav game so im very forgiving of it :P ; I dont care if they just deliver an episode lenght continuation I just want to know what happens next and to see if the new Advisor is DR. Breen.

#25 Posted by vikingdeath1 (933 posts) -

I Really liked Episode 2, Excluding that opening cavern sequence. But once you got on the road? and those two-legged things that Freaked me the Fuck out with that noise they made? awesome.

#26 Posted by Mirado (992 posts) -

@TonicBH: Well, even a 10+ hour FPS story still fits the definition of episodic, assuming the slap the Episode 3 title on it. My only inclination is whatever hints Valve has slowly...leaked, I guess.

I think my main point is I'd hope for some radical tech shift, keeping in mind the gap between episodes. Even a 10 hour game will feel like a bit of a cop out if it's still dragging the Source engine behind it. That thing really could use some updating.

#27 Posted by BeachThunder (11728 posts) -

Episode 2 is fantastic; I would say it's the pinnacle of the HL franchise. I just hope Episode 3 comes out sometime this Millenium.

#28 Posted by wordfalling (193 posts) -

Five years? My brain hurts a lot.

#29 Posted by Evilsbane (4544 posts) -

@BeachThunder said:

Episode 2 is fantastic; I would say it's the pinnacle of the HL franchise. I just hope Episode 3 comes out sometime this Millenium.

This, it won't be episode 3 it would make no sense at this point just make Half Life 3.

#30 Posted by Phatmac (5723 posts) -

Thanks for reminding me. I didn't really like the episodes that much.

#31 Posted by jonnyboy (2920 posts) -

The end of episode 2 has possibly the best example of voice acting of this generation. Listening to Merle Dandridge genuinely sobbing really took me by surprise. If you get the chance play the game with commentary on, she elaborates on it and her other roles in the game as well.

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