i've recently started playing Half Life 2 and I am just getting through the river part with the fan boat and at first i was quite enjoying the game, and honestly I can say i still kind of am. But I've gotten quite bored with the game so far and I definitely cannot understand why people praise this game so much. It seems like its just another generic shooter that everyone would call crap today. Now I'm not the kid who plays call of duty and thinks. WOW THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER MADE!!!! Far from it (although i still play call of duty because its entertaining) But as far as I can tell Half Life 2 seems like a half decent Indie game with a few good voice actors, not something to be considered a Triple A title. There are tons of cool things about this game that I feel even cooler if it seemed like they worked harder on implementing them in better ways. The physics puzzles were kind of cool, but they were relatively simple and easy to complete. People say Half Life is the greatest video game Valve has ever produced, but i disagree. I think the source engine that they designed AROUND half life 2 and the one that's used on newer games like Portal 2 is great. (although not the best)
The game itself bores me to be blunt. I enjoyed it for the first half hour or so because it gave me a bit of a chase scene. But once I got a hold of a weapon the enemies dropped like a fat dog from a hot air balloon and all the challenge was lost. I even turned up the difficulty but they still dropped fast, the only thing that changed was that i lost health faster.
I like the game, its a decent game. But its (so for) only consists of get from point A to point B without any REAL explanation on why you're going there other than there are people there that need to see you so they can send you to another place because there are people there that need to see you, so you're like cool... and just go there and shoot things.
There characters so far are quite difficult to care about. The girl, So uninteresting i don't even know her name (and pretty much the same for everyone else too) is just another character. Not someone who seems important, or really even necessary except as a person to tell you that you gotta do something. The doctor is a little more interesting, if only in a comical sense, but still not interesting enough to remember his name at this point in time. Hell in Halo 1 i knew Cortana, Captain Keyes, and Master Chiefs name within the first ten minutes and Captain Keyes isn't even a main character. (a main plot point but not character)
The most entertainment I got from half life 2 so far was the little teleportation device in the lab, and when i broke that by accident, i was off to be bored once more.
So those are my thoughts on Half Life 2 (so far). Another boring point n click shooter with very little else to it than a pretty physics engine. (and one i think Amnesia: The Dark Descent outshines) The game is as entertaining as an arcade rail shooter and the story is meh with very little explained to you. I get that you're supposed to EXPERIENCE the story but there isn't much of an experience when the main character is a mute moron that lets everyone walk all over him. I would rather have cut scenes than bad half assed cut scenes that aren't cut scenes but instances where you're not allowed to do anything but sit back and watch, maybe move the camera around. OH WAIT THOSE ARE STILL CUT SCENES! stop saying there are no cut scenes in this game you guys -_-
Also those manhat robots are annoying, not challenging.