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#61 Atticus

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Posted 29 October 2007 - 10:37 PM

OK, I just hopped into the hot rod, and while the engine burbled to life, I looked over at Alyx...and she winked at me.

That was undeniably the coolest video game moment ever, and it didn't involve lazer guns.

I feel all Burt Reynolds now.

YEE HAW!

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Posted 30 October 2007 - 02:55 AM

View PostAtticus, on October 30th 2007, 04:37 AM, said:

That was undeniably the coolest video game moment ever, and it didn't involve lazer guns.

i reckon there were.... if you know what i mean...

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 03:56 PM

View Postnobody, on October 15th 2007, 04:37 PM, said:

I figured out what my beef with this is. It's not so much the effusive praise in itself, but the fact that Freeman is eternally silent. I think this is a good choice for the game overall - keeping you constantly in the first-person POV, and not having the character talk is great for the immersion. The problem comes with the interaction with other characters. When they treat you as a silent character - offhand comments and such - then it works. But when they're lavishing you with attention it just gets weird, since you're not saying anything back. So it's just them saying 'you're so great!', then giving a little awkward smile as you don't/can't respond, then moving along. That and I guess the romantic insinuations with Alyx should be a little less forced.
It's definitely one of the very best for presentation of a story. There are other games that let you explore a little more, but the highly developed aesthetics and great attention to detail in HL2 make for one of the most satisfying storytelling experiences I've had in gaming.
I just got the Orange Box. Is it advisable or necessary to play HL1 first? I'm dying to get right into HL2.

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Posted 30 November 2007 - 04:38 PM

View Posttman, on November 30th 2007, 04:56 PM, said:

I just got the Orange Box. Is it advisable or necessary to play HL1 first? I'm dying to get right into HL2.


Not really necessary, definitely advised. It's sufficient for HL2 to know that Bad Things happened after the events of HL1, and that HL1 involved some dimensional weirdness. You will be missing out on some of the plot elements but the HL2 plot stands on its own for the most part.

If you get a chance though I definitely recommend picking up the HL1 anthology for around $20, which includes the first game and its two expansions. It's good stuff. I picked it up when I first built my PC about two years ago, before getting the second one.
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