What do you want (or expect there to be) in Half Life 3?

#1 Posted by NTM (7234 posts) -

Personally, all I really want is to use iron sights, and better graphics that'll surprise me. I don't want to play Half Life 3 and see something only slightly better than Left 4 Dead 2, but rather it be up there with the best of today's graphics (or better). Also, I think it'd be nice to mix the unique style of soundtrack Kelly Bailey uses with a bit more cinematic orchestra to get some of the character emotion down a little bit better, though what's already be established was no slouch. Everything else I think Valve can handle on their own without any suggestion.

#2 Posted by Twitchey (865 posts) -

I think most people would just like it to be released...

#3 Edited by EuanDewar (4684 posts) -

I just want it to come out at this point, if Portal 2 and the ARG preceding has proven anything its that I fucking love Valve like no other developer. Chances are when I play it, I'll love it.

Its an ass-backwards, optimistic as fuck way to approach things but Valve have earned it.

#4 Posted by Icicle7x3 (1169 posts) -

Barnacles...lots and lots of Barnacles.

#5 Posted by tooPrime (338 posts) -

How about any story whatsoever.  

#6 Posted by StarvingGamer (7906 posts) -

A portal gun

#7 Posted by Video_Game_King (35800 posts) -

A new engine. Call it Origin just to fuck with everybody.

#8 Edited by supermike6 (3530 posts) -

I heard there is a lady in that series? I think ladies are good. Maybe there should be more of them. 
 
Also, it would be totally super awesome if they gave Gordon Freeman a really silly voice, and then patched the previous games to make him talk all the time.

#9 Posted by BeachThunder (11635 posts) -
@Icicle7x3 said:

Barnacles...lots and lots of Barnacles.

:D Yes. High res barnacles!
 
  • A new engine, I really don't think they can get away with it being in Source.
  • The story and characters must be amazing - as good or better than Portal 2.
  • Good combat - Something as good or better than the final battle of Episode 2.
  • It's obviously not going to be a puzzle game like Portal 2, but it should still have some good puzzles.
  • I will accept nothing short of breathtaking visuals.
  • A good variety of interesting weapons.
  • Just an amazing single-player campaign - No multiplayer, co-op, in-game store.
  • Interesting achievements like the Gnome thing in Episode 2.
  • Barney.
#10 Posted by selbie (1835 posts) -

1. Source Engine 2.0. Source is a great engine, but I don't see how far it can be expanded. HL3 needs something radically new (maybe that's why Valve are taking so long...each Half Life is their poster boy for the new engine?).

2. Maybe allow for expansion of the story into a galactic battle against the Combine. So like HL1, set some of the game on other planets (maybe the Vortigaunt home planet?). It just seems silly to have only humans fight off the Combine when the Combine could easily find a way back again with all their superior technology.

If Portal 2 is any precedent, space is awesome.

#11 Posted by nintendoeats (5975 posts) -

New things that I hadn't thought of before.

#12 Posted by Pibo47 (3166 posts) -
@Twitchey said:
I think most people would just like it to be released...
Honestly? I would just like to know if it existed.
#13 Posted by Druminator (1676 posts) -

In the end, the only thing Gordon will be able to do it go back in time and change everything.

#14 Posted by drowsap (679 posts) -

just the game that is all lol, and i hate to be that guy but port it to xbox because i think that game would kill my computer lol

#15 Posted by Captain_Felafel (1552 posts) -

All I can ask for from HL3 is the debut of a new Source Engine. At the same time though, I kind of don't want HL3 to ever come out because it's kind of reached that status of being literally unable to live up expectations.

#16 Posted by beeftothetaco (419 posts) -
@NTM said:
Personally, all I really want is to use iron sights... Also, I think it'd be nice to mix the unique style of soundtrack Kelly Bailey uses with a bit more cinematic orchestra to get some of the character emotion down a little bit better, though what's already be established was no slouch.
You best be trolling. I wouldn't be surprised if they implemented a new game engine though.
#17 Posted by CornBREDX (4753 posts) -

I am worried at this point they can't release a game that would live up to any of the hype everyone gives the idea of a 3rd installment. As much as I love Half Life, they redefined gaming with half life 2 (don't try to tell me they didn't, they are pretty much responsible for making physics such a big part of gaming as we know it now) and unless they could do that again with a fantastic story and all the other big deal they had with Half Life 2 I am more concerned it wont live up to anything we'd all expect from a Half Life 3.

I suspect Valve feels the same way, which would explain why they haven't released or mentioned anything of it. I am always open to being wrong, and with Valve its highly likely that I am, but with all the long term developments over the past couple years I can't help but feel that kind of thing hurts a franchise more then helps it.

Just my thoughts on it. I'm really tired so it may not make sense, oh well.

#18 Posted by joachimo (200 posts) -

@Progn0sticator said:

All I can ask for from HL3 is the debut of a new Source Engine. At the same time though, I kind of don't want HL3 to ever come out because it's kind of reached that status of being literally unable to live up expectations.

It was the same situation from hl1 to hl2, I'm not worried at all that it wont live up to the expectations since they have proven to do it once in the past already.

#19 Posted by BoG (5180 posts) -

I really only expect awesome. That's what I've gotten from previous games, so I hope that it's featured in the next one.  
Fo realz, I'm actually hoping the game jumps like the second one did. You're in City 17, and the details of the whole situation are pretty sparse. I want to be thrown into an unfamiliar place for unknown reasons, and I want it to all come together and blow my mind.
#20 Posted by TeflonBilly (4713 posts) -

Crate puzzles

#21 Posted by PhatSeeJay (3322 posts) -
@Twitchey
I think most people would just like it to be released...
Better: An announcement!

Personally I'm kinda over Half-Life. Just lost the connection and hype for that series.
#22 Posted by Brendan (7663 posts) -

It's hard to know what to expect. Both games brought new stuff to the table that have been copied in many other games since their release, so it's hard to predict what could happen. I have zero expectations for the game though, because I think it's a little much on my part to ask them to bring something new to the table three times in a row. That's just setting myself up for disapointment.

#23 Posted by Aetheldod (3495 posts) -

I unlike the rest of you dont mind a new engine , source is brilliance made reality (as you can see Im one of those who is enjoying EYE as of now :P) and it fucking runs on any computer. As for the game itself .... well its been proven that Valve can make some of the best fps action , heck I still play with wonder and awe HL 2 , so unless they make it a COD clone , I dont see them screwing anything around. The only thing I would ask for is for the sniper rifle of the combine .... its the blue laser .... it calls me and iron sights.
#24 Posted by Evilsbane (4516 posts) -

@tooPrime said:

How about any story whatsoever.

Stop and pay attention, not everything in life is spoon fed to you, read the writing on the wall, listen to the citizens, stop and smell the roses and you might actually find one of the most subtle and engaging stories in video gaming.

#25 Posted by salad10203 (654 posts) -

I honestly don't expect it to ever come out.  
 
 Now that Valve is getting the F2P business they are realizing that low budget F2P games can make as much if not more than AAA premium titles. 
 
So Half Life 3 will forever be a myth.

#26 Posted by atejas (3057 posts) -

#27 Posted by atejas (3057 posts) -

Hats.

#28 Posted by Royce_McCutcheon (194 posts) -
@salad10203 said:
I honestly don't expect it to ever come out.    Now that Valve is getting the F2P business they are realizing that low budget F2P games can make as much if not more than AAA premium titles.  So Half Life 3 will forever be a myth.
I hope you don't put money down on this.
#29 Posted by redfoxbennaton (19 posts) -

These are the very things I want

-A new plot, not just the same combine affair

-New enemies

-A open world

-A inventory system and documents

-A new engine

-Choices and Consequences

-The same Half Life elements

-Return of the houndeye

-Stealth

-Possible conversation trees

-New vehicles

-A laser gun

-New weapons

-Coop

-Good puzzles

#30 Posted by alwaysbebombing (1502 posts) -

Just to finish the amazing story they've had going so far.

#31 Posted by TheManWithNoPlan (5124 posts) -

I have no expectations, so I'll be satisfied with anything. I do think it'd be cool it they paired up the Portal games to Half life in some meaningful way, instead of just teasing at it.

#32 Posted by bybeach (4701 posts) -

Just to finish the amazing story they've had going so far.

Yes. I would hate to see that get dropped. It might be interesting if they warp it out of that strict FPS into some kind of hybrid, as a previous poster wanted.

But keep rolling that story.

#33 Edited by NTM (7234 posts) -

Yet another of my threads brought back to life... Yay. Nah (I hate when that happens). Hey, but it's nice to see my views on it are still somewhat the same. All I really need is iron sights (and better visuals obviously).

#34 Posted by MrCaptain (363 posts) -
#35 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Ogre Magi.

#36 Posted by mikeeegeee (1549 posts) -

Azure Drake a better pick imo.

#37 Posted by Zleunamme (647 posts) -

A crow bar hitting stuff and guys being shot in the face. It will all be explained when Half Life 5 episode three comes out ... ever.

#38 Posted by RonGalaxy (2834 posts) -

I honestly don't know what I expect from that game when it comes to how it will play or what the story will be. I will say that I think it's humanly impossible for Valve to top Half Life 2. They've dug themselves into a hole where the final installment has to feature some dumb Lord of the Ringesque final battle against the bad guys, and Im just not into that idea when it comes to this series. But that's where it will end up... If it comes out, of course.

All I know is I want the ending to be Gordon riding off into the sunset, alone, on an open desert road in his muscle car. I don't care how they get there, but that's what I want. I want Gordon to go out like fucking Clint Eastwood.

#39 Posted by RonGalaxy (2834 posts) -

@redfoxbennaton: uhh, so you want a completely different game that's, pretty much, fallout 3? Most of the things you said do not belong in a half life game.

#40 Posted by Raven10 (1696 posts) -

Now if I worked at Valve...

I would be better at designing games than anyone here including me and thus would hopefully have better ideas than anyone here. If I've learned anything over the years, the best games are the ones that surprise me by NOT being what I want or expect. If Half Life 2 had merely been an extension of Half Life 1 it would never have come even close to living up to the seemingly unreachable expectations people had for it. The only reason it met those expectations was because it did things that no other game had done before and that no one had even imagined could be contained in a single game.

If there is one thing I think I can say with certainty I would like improved on, it would be the excessive amount of loading seen in the Source Engine. Having to pause every ten minutes to load in a new area was a real pain, and it was something that hadn't been fixed by Portal 2 so I am going to assume it is just not possible in the Source engine. Therefore I would extend my request to an entirely new solely next gen engine. The Source Engine was arguably the first current gen engine and it pushed things to levels previously unimagined so better graphics in larger areas that don't require excessive loading.

Lastly, I would like it if they did NOT include iron sights and NOT make this some sort of single player/multiplayer hybrid.

#41 Posted by Belegorm (337 posts) -

Headcrabs. Needs headcrabs, for one.

#42 Posted by Mr_Skeleton (5133 posts) -

Nothing, I honestly don't care at this point and would rather Valve worked on other things instead of making a game that cannot live up to the expectations people have for it.

#43 Edited by Vuud (1943 posts) -

I like how we're all pretending that Half-Life 3 ever existed, even as an idea.

#44 Edited by AlexanderSheen (4904 posts) -

A crowbar.

#45 Edited by Cybertification (197 posts) -

That it's better than episode 1 or episode 2. Ok, that's too easy, I want the game to be terrible just to see the reaction from people.

And also, can we stop pretending like the combat in Half life 2 is actually engaging or satisfying?

#46 Posted by kerse (2098 posts) -

I actually don't even care anymore, I would be happy never hearing about it again.

#47 Posted by Rotnac (592 posts) -

Answers. I want answers and closure. Gameplay-wise I couldn't care less 'cause I found it pretty dull in HL2.

#48 Posted by CircleNine (381 posts) -

Maybe a Half-Life game where I think more than the first and last 15-20 minutes of the game are the only good parts about it?

Given previous form though, that's really unlikely. Which is weird because Portal and Left 4 Dead have both been pretty great at not being horrendously boring series???

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