Advantages Character interaction, story, graffix including HDR lighting, exciting strategic range of combat situations, physics, environments
Disadvantages Quite short leaving people feeling there should be more game for the price
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Half Life 2 Episode 1, originally going to be called Aftermath, continues where the Half Life 2 story left off in an episodic format. Half Life 1 and 2 were simply awesome games and they begin the complicated Half Life story which this game continues so if you haven't played them I suggest you play them before you play Episode 1 or you wont know what the hell is going on. The best thing about HL2 episode 1 is the character interaction between the player and your sidekick Alyx, who the player spends most of the game with. Valve have managed to do this excellently despite the fact that Gordon (the player) never speaks and there are no cut scenes. She really feels like a real life person with real life emotions and a personality. The game contains many memorable moments where Alyx interacts with the player. The fact that the player has a sidekick also adds to the game play in some places.NEW CONTENT
COMBAT AND PUZZLES
The combat and puzzles in the game are excellent and the player faces a variety of different combat situations which challenge the player in different ways. These ensure that the game play is never monotonous as there is always something new around the corner. However people who did not like the gravity gun section in the citadel at the end of Half Life 2 will be disappointed to find that in the first section of Half Life 2 Episode 1, the player again has to fight through the citadel with a charged blue gravity gun. However the citadel in Episode 1 offers plenty of new puzzles to challenge the player.
Half Life 2 Episode 1 contains many great and realistic environments (mostly city or citadel themed) which players must fight through. However they are sometimes very similar to the environments encountered in the original Half Life 2. However the player never feels that they are going through the same rooms over and over again like in for instance Halo. As each different street in City 17 and area in the Citadel looks different and offers different challenges.
For those of you who like a bit of multiplayer action, episode 1 also comes with HL2 DM (also included with original HL2) - Deathmatch based on Half Life 2, and Half Life DM source - a multiplayer version of Half Life source. Unfortunately there aren't many servers running Half Life DM source so finding a game can be difficult.SUMMARY
Dx7 graphics card.
Mouse and keyboard
£19.99 (UK price - Includes Tax) upon release. Many places now offer the game for cheaper.
SHOP.COM UK £15.99
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