My friend Jason finally played Half Life 2. Like me, he was tired of hearing such great things about it, and not knowing what it’s all about. He bought the Orange Box, and played through Half Life 2, and both its episodes. He loved it. He told me he needed someone to talk to about how awesome it was, but everyone else played the game 5 years ago.
So he lent me the Orange Box, and after spending several hours on the first 5 chapters, I took the disc out went to play something else. There literally wasn’t a moment in those first 5 chapters I enjoyed.
I was told playing Half Life 1 wasn’t necessary to understand Half Life 2, but maybe it would have helped. Every character in the entire game has a hard-on for Gordon Freeman, and I’ve got no idea why. I wish they would have explained a tiny bit what Half Life 1 was even about. It would have been fine, but they feel the need to throw the phrase black mesa in there every 6 seconds. “Hey! I’m Gary! You know, from Black Mesa!” If I played Half Life 1, I already know who you are, and if I didn’t, I don’t know what this Black Mesa place is.
There are places in that game where they try to have a sense of humor, but their jokes just bug me. Attractive female character says “Ha, a man of few words, huh?” and I just think about how terrible that joke is, yes, I get it, silent protagonist, Gordon doesn’t talk.
There’s little-to-no story in the game so far. I get off a train, hear a speech about instinct and destiny, which was fine, I guess, but Bioshock did it better (yes, I’m aware Half Life is older). Then the story is “Get the fuck out of here.” So, after being chased by identical skull-mask wearing cops for awhile, I climb into a teleporter, which breaks. That was neat, but then I get to crawl through a system of tunnels for awhile, with 0 character interaction, with a boring crowbar, pistol and SMG.
After I make it out of these tunnels, I get to ride a fan-boat, which is no fun at all. The only story I’m given is: You need to get from one guys lab, to this other guys lab. Why? Because you’re Gordon Freeman, that’s why. And this entire time, the game is controlling terribly. Every time you hit X to grab a latter, it’s completely random wither you have to hold up or down to climb or descend it. I’ve been told mouse and keyboard are the way to play, but I was lent this Xbox copy, and I’m not going to buy the game just for a different control scheme.
So why should I finish Half Life? I really want to like it, but so far, I see no sign that it's going to get any better. There MUST be a reason there are so many Half Life fanboys on these forums. Convince me what’s so great about the 2 half of this game, and it’s episodes. Maybe it’s great, and the first half just drags a little too long. Maybe this gravity gun I’ve heard about it the most amazing thing ever. I literally want you to spoil the shit out of this game for me, and convince me why I should finish it.