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Half-Life 2 News

07/29/06 -- Nude Alyx mod added to page. See below.

04/25/05 -- Steam update including new map dm_runoff, like Half-Life's Crossfire map.

02/17/05 -- Steam update including new map dm_steamlab, and 3 additional weapons, crowbar, stunstick and slam.

12/10/04 -- Steam update fixing some things in HL2DM: fixed multishot pistol exploit, toned down the .357 Magnum damage, updated dm_overwatch map.

12/01/04 -- Half-Life 2 Deathmatch released

11/16/04 -- Half-Life 2 finally released


My Half-Life 2 Review

Retail Packaging

This is my main gripe about what I paid for when I purchased this game, and after talking to Dan, we totally agree. First off, they are charging $55 instead of the 'usual' $50. (There are other versions for sale too, the collector's edition, and 3 versions online that you pay then download, but this one is the cheapest) Doom 3 also jumped the $50 mark to $55 when it was released. I like games at $50, no need to get greedy fellas! Ok, with that in mind, since you are now paying an extra $5 for the game, when you open this is what you get, honest to god...5 installation CDs all individually wrapped in those paper CD sleeves, an $20 ATI coupon, and a HL2 quick reference card. That's it. No instruction manual, and No CD jewel case to hold all FIVE of these CDs. You'd think with the extra money they tacked on, something like that would be included.

Half-Life 2 Installation

Retail version comes on FIVE CD's, took about 1/2 hour to install. After installation, put in CD Key found on the back of CD One, connected to my Steam account, linked that key to my account. Finished pre-loading a few files from Steam, and now must wait till 2am (midnight Pacific time), when activations go into effect.

Got the activation done. Started at 2am, it finished at 2:30am. I think the reason for the long wait was because everyone else in the world was trying to do the same thing.

Startup

What is this, a Playstation game? Talk about a LOT of loading time! One thing you REALLY need for this game is a fast processor. My video card is pretty decent, and I have 1GB of RAM, but my processor is 1.73GHz, while the minimum requirement for processing speed is 1.2GHz, with 2.4GHz recommended. It does lag a bit at the beginning of each level for like a second to load it all, but it's very smooth now that I updated my video driver, (HL2 yelled at me about doing so beforehand. I didn't at first, and it was a lot more laggy than it is now.) But for what I got, it runs VERY well. It kind of reminds me of when I first played the first Half-Life on my 300MHz PC. I should time how long it takes from when I open HL2 till when I'm actually playing...it's got to be 2 or 3 minutes.

Gameplay

Unbelievable. The quotes I've read saying, "The best game...ever", and "Nothing will ever be the same", and "This changes everything", are so true. When I played Doom 3, I thought it was amazing, but after finishing the game, I've never played it since. I know this will be the new game that I will continue to play for 5 more years, like I have done with the original Half-Life.

I'm still getting the hang of it. I have noticed that whenever you see a yellow half-life symbol around somewhere, go check it out. It means that there are powerups or ammo nearby, usually in a hole in the wall that you would normally pass by.

There are a few new monsters in the game as well. It does have the headcrabs, but there are also a new breed of headcrabs in this one, black headcrabs. These puppies are deadly. I think they are poisonous, because whenever I get nailed by one, my health goes from 100 to about 5. Luckily my HEV suit kicks in and gives me back some health, but they are a total pain to deal with. The zombies are back, but there is also a new breed of those, fast zombies. You can see them jump from roof to roof and climb the wall to try to get to you. It does make for a scary experience. But my tip with zombies, shoot them in the head with the shotgun, preferably. That way you kill the zombie AND the headcrab. If not, the zombie goes down, and the headcrab detaches and comes after you!

The 2 parts where you get to drive a fanboat and the dune buggy are very cool. They are a lot of fun to drive and make the game interesting. Sometimes it may seem that those levels go on a little to long, but after they are over you will miss them.

The parts when you go through the city and have a squad with you seemed really cool at first, but turned out to be a total pain in the ass. Especially when you are in the buildings looking in each room, the people ALWAYS get in your way, and after awhile you want to shoot them in their heads. But you can't in HL2, another thing I kind of dislike. When they are in your squad, they are in one of two modes, either following you, or going to where you tell them to, which doesn't always work like you want it to. At one point, this one guy kept pissing me off and going where he wasn't supposed to be, and I basically let him die. Take that A.I.!

The ending of HL2 seems a little weird. On one hand you are happy it's over, but on the other you are sad because of the way the ending went. It is a very good ending, but you are sad for your character in the game. I remember reading in an interview how Valve said that people got really attached to the other characters while playing Half-Life 1, like when Barney was helping them fight aliens, but when Barney would die, those people would be disappointed that they let that happen. The players kind of got emotionally involved with the characters in the game. This is true for the second installation of Half-Life as well. HL & HL2 are the only games I have played where you kind of care about the others in the game with you. I have played other games where you can tell that the company that made it WANTS you to "care" about the other players, but in turn you just laugh and don't care that they end up dying. Like you have a partner whole most of the game, and when he dies, it's played out in a dramatic way, but you end up laughing and shooting his dead body when it's over, hehehe.

Steam

One feature of Steam that I've never messed around with is a Friends list. You can put other friends on your list, see when they come online, and play in their same game. Dan and I tried this out, but couldn't get it to work at all. If anyone wants to add me to their Steam Friends list, my screen name is 'djdingo69'.


Levels
1. Point Insertion
2. "A Red Letter Day" (get crowbar, 9mm pistol)
3. Route Kanal (get SMG submachine gun, .357 Magnum, grenades, and airboat)
4. Water Hazard (airboat stage)
5. Black Mesa East (get gravity gun)
6. "We Don't Go To Ravenholm" (get shotgun, pulse rifle, and dune buggy)
7. Highway 17 (dune buggy stage, get RPG, crossbow)
8. Sandtraps (get bugbait)
9. Nova Prospekt (control of ant-lion stage)
10. Entanglement
11. Anticitizen One (get squad)
12. "Follow Freeman"
13. Our Benefactors
14. Dark Energy
15. Credits

Maps

Here is a listing of the maps throughout the game. Load a map by using the console, and typing map mapname.

d1_trainstation_01
d1_trainstation_02
d1_trainstation_03
d1_trainstation_04
d1_trainstation_05
d1_trainstation_06
d1_canals_01
d1_canals_01a
d1_canals_02
d1_canals_03
d1_canals_04
d1_canals_05
d1_canals_06
d1_canals_07
d1_canals_08
d1_canals_09
d1_canals_10
d1_canals_11
d1_canals_12
d1_canals_13
d1_eli_01
d1_eli_02
d1_town_01
d1_town_01a
d1_town_02
d1_town_02a
d1_town_03
d1_town_04
d1_town_05
d2_coast_01
d2_coast_03
d2_coast_04
d2_coast_05
d2_coast_07
d2_coast_08
d2_coast_09
d2_coast_10
d2_coast_11
d2_coast_12
d2_prison_01
d2_prison_02
d2_prison_03
d2_prison_04
d2_prison_05
d2_prison_06
d2_prison_07
d2_prison_08
d3_c17_01
d3_c17_02
d3_c17_03
d3_c17_04
d3_c17_05
d3_c17_06a
d3_c17_06b
d3_c17_07
d3_c17_08
d3_c17_09
d3_c17_10a
d3_c17_10b
d3_c17_11
d3_c17_12
d3_c17_12b
d3_c17_13
d3_citadel_01
d3_citadel_02
d3_citadel_03
d3_citadel_04
d3_citadel_05
d3_breen_01


Screenshots

HEV Suit       Dr. Breen      Alyx Vance     

 Explosion      Alyx looking sad      Helicopter     

 Dr. Judith Mossman      Alyx and Eli Vance      Alyx and Dog     

 Alyx out of reach      Dead Guy      Zombie chopper in action     

 City 17      Alyx saving me      Dr. Breen's Private Reserve     

 The Dune Buggy      The Scientist      Dog throwing a car      


Nude Alyx Mod
This mod will change the skin of the Alyx model. When installing, install to the directory "\steam\SteamApps\<name>". The creator says this mod will only work in the original Half-Life 2 game and in Garry's Mod too.

Alyx Nude Mod 6.54MB

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