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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Half-Life 2 Reviewed
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments

Mac|Life has posted a new review of Valve Software's Half-Life 2. The game puts players in the role of research scientist Gordon Freeman who must rescue the world from alien invaders. Mac|Life gave the game a score of 4.5 out of 5.

From the review:

The game takes a little while to get going--itíll take about half an hour to obtain your hazardous environment suit and get your hands on the gameís first weapon, the mighty crowbar--but itís worth the wait. This isnít your typical first-person shooter. Youíll need to solve puzzles to advance, and at times youíll be seriously outnumbered and outgunned--moments that require more brains than brawn to survive.

Despite Half-Life 2ís age, this giant of a game still impresses. Beautifully rendered models both create stunning landscapes and convey an incredibly claustrophobic world you canít help but rebel against. The outstanding dialogue draws you into the plot and characters. Those in authority sound like they enjoy their power, the friendly scientists sound lost in their intellectual wanderings, and the rebels gain your sympathy and make you want to fight for their cause. Half-Life 2ís unique inventiveness also sets it apart. Where other first-person shooters might immediately grant you a giant arsenal and tell you to shoot everything in sight, Half-Life 2 utilizes quieter strengths: good artificial intelligence, for example, great controls, a terrific physics engine, and pheromone-based pods that can summon a giant insect army to attack your enemies. The awesome gravity gun can draw objects to you and fire almost any object as a projectile--itís as much a tool as it is a weapon.
Check out the full review at the link below.

Mac|Life: Half-Life 2 Review
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