Simply put, one of the best first person shooters out there... on any platform. I suppose people may claim it's no Halo, which it's not. It's in a league of its own as it breaks away from repetitive shooting to add some puzzle elements and some vehicle combat, making it more the thinking-man's FPS instead of just mindless running and gunning. The weapon selection is varied enough to stay interesting, but includes favorites like the good ol' shotgun, machine gun, and pistol (gravity gun is always fun!) The levels are unparalleled in their design... truly 3-dimensional maps. The enemy AI is great (although ally AI could be improved) and the physics engine keeps everything feeling lifelike. Great sound/soundtrack and graphics (amazing facial expressions) and a great story with interesting characters help make this a must-rent for any FPS fan interesting in more than just shooting up aliens.
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My review title says it all. Half Life 2 is an incredibly deep game with a great storyline and character personalities. I was really excited to play this game once I knew it was going to be on Xbox (my PC is garbage). Having looked at it though on a PC, I have to say that the Xbox did a GREAT job of porting the graphics to give you that immersing feel of being in this world. This game is not just about shooting your enemy and advancing to the next level. Half Life 2 takes advantage of it's creative world which allows you to pace yourself, explore, and even toss you a few curve balls along the way. Graphically speaking, I found this to be attractive but not to the point where my jaw was hitting the ground. One thing you will notice is that the voice acting and character models are very lifelike in their speech and motion. This alone set this game apart from other FPS's. I found some elements of the game very boxy and somewhat unfinished. There are some bland areas of the Half Life world but they are few and far between. The positives certainly outweigh the negatives. The controls were easy to learn and I rarely had any problems in aiming and moving. I also found the AI to be above par which made the experience even more challenging. The bottom line is that this game is unforgettable and you will feel a sense of satisfaction and contentment after playing. And if you are like me, I love playing a game that doesn't make me feel like I've wasted hours off my life.
This is a singleplayer game, I really dont want to spoil the games story so i wont go into much detail. But if you want to know the story then "Rent it. like it? Buy it!" You return to Valve's number one game, Half-life, but this half-life is a sequel, so lets add the number two to that name, Half-life 2, yes for the XBOX the graphics are amazing, you will wonder how they had somethings done, but at the begining of the game you will experience bad Framrates, or some people think of it as it being choppy. The story is too amazing to be true. But you are Gordan Freeman, returning at G-Mans will to stop humanity from being turned over to an alien race by earth's representative, "Dr.Breen", The Alien Race being named "Combine". THe combine wreck havok to human kind and stopping humans from reproducing or being able to do anything that a human has urges to do. But in return the Combine Have offered immortality. But thats where you come in. To get rid of the Bogus Aliens, and to stop Dr.Breen, But how does one Dr. Freeman do it? well, he doesnt, he has help from other rebels and some old friends.
Sorry i dont have to much to say about this awesome game, it has made me speechless.