"What makes a troll is purposefully pissing people off or insulting people just to be insulting. People are offended by a wide spectrum of things, and you are no different. Offending someone doesn't mean you've done something wrong."
You can't ask me not to get offended. You can't promise something like that. So you can go ahead and say what you're going to say, and my natural response could be to get offended.
"As a Half-Life fan, I wouldn't want the game to strive for a new approach. The series has run on a tightly-directed path, and the writing and direction have been so mature, so well paced and forethought and established, that a gameplay expansion at the expense of narrative would be a significant detraction from the experience, especially this late in the franchise's life. "
My thoughts exactly. What I want them to do is more animations for first person for better immersion. Hands on a steering wheel, ladder climbing, LEGS, stuff like that to get with the times.
As for the linearity and way they approach narrative, that's the reason I like the Half Life games so much.