HL2 : Episode 2 Personal review
Test: Made on average skill using the default setting on my computer [ AMD64 3400+ - 2Gb Ram - GEforce 6 128 Mb] some really small slowdown just limited to the resume episode one at start .
Cost: Include into the orange box sell arround 30€ or if you have a steam account just wait like a did to some anniversary were valve propose the game at a really low price got it for 4€
Orange Box Info
Half-Life® 2: Episode Two is the second in a trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and best-selling Half-Life® adventure.
As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance scientists.
Episode Two extends the award-winning Half-Life gameplay with unique weapons, vehicles, and newly-spawned creatures.
The cutscenes, new caracters (include enemies) really add values to this opus and help really to minimize the fact that the gameplay hasn't really been improve and is still made out of the same bottle witch his a mix between search, fight and solve in a quite oriented gaming environment
No real new weapons of feature for our friend Gordon just some improvement. The mission is a little more cooperative to the fact that somebody is most of the time behind you to orient a little the gameplay...I'm still waiting for the automatic gun of Alix and hope we will be able to play with it in next chapter
Gameplay is what we have got before except that here, there is a kind of bigger orientation of what's the next step and this mainly through Alix intervention. There will be some special surprise in this opus and more psychology will interfere this time because you are now really part of this team that will save the world and also because you are the most relyable people to help them in this qwest.
On you qwest two new enemies (not taking in account this fast zombieguard bomber) are waiting for you one in the caverns another in those outdoor section both will make you life less easier and this is certainly another good point even if somewhere it nearly turn into a frustrating experience with that end battle to save the launch base...
We can certainly regret that there is no new weapons and that in place of and inhanced car there wasn't something really new (moto, quad, truck...) but even if those small imporvment could felt a little disapointing it was certainly 10 times better than the new features of Episode one. We could have also hope for some weather changing but the rain or snwo wont fall during this episode.
This is perhaps not a simple game with all it's feature but simply an new episode for a well know game so the change are not really that important.
Still through some minor addition and change Valve really could add some additional value to a game that was really waiting for it after a little disapointing first Episode.
The fact that some external even took place in this one, that external intervention of team mate (Alix, Vortigaunt, Scientists ) orienting the gameplay in a quite enhanced designed environment makes from this mission a must have addon for all real Half-Life fan, Playtime was just good like this quite difficult end battle that nearly turns into frustration...the interesting ending just letting you brain full of upcoming hypothesis with has guidline Alix just let us hope it won't stay long before Episode 3 comes out. Don't hesitated to get this game through steam if you have the opportunity and just keep in mind that through a lot of excellent custom maps and mods HL fans simply wanted to thank valve to have finally developped and interesting and enjoyable (through it's usable content) addon.