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Bowser
09-07-2006, 02:49 PM
Reading through the Dead Rising thread, Zooted Granny mentioned Half Life 2. OF course I think, "I have that" Let's play it on a harder difficulty!"

Well, a couple of weeks later, I think I have developed carpal tunnel from that game. I'll be sending all medical expenses in care of one Granny, Zooted.

I see where they are continuing the story with three "mini games". Has anybody picked up the first installment yet?

ChiefFripp
09-07-2006, 02:51 PM
Good game, I really liked the Ravanholm part. Doubt I'll pick up the mini-games though.

Bowser
09-07-2006, 03:02 PM
Good game, I really liked the Ravanholm part. Doubt I'll pick up the mini-games though.

Ravenholm is great. I was disappointed that you couldn't find any saw blades laying around after that, just to see if you could rip some Combine soldiers in half.

From what I understand, nothing has changed for the mini-games as far as engines or installments. It's the same game, just continued.

Count Alex's Losses
09-07-2006, 03:15 PM
I've had HL2 Episode I sitting on my hard drive for months. I have yet to play it. I'm a lazy pirate.

Bowser
09-07-2006, 03:22 PM
I've had HL2 Episode I sitting on my hard drive for months. I have yet to play it. I'm a lazy pirate.

Get to it! The game is only 5 hours or so long. I'd ask to pirate your pirated copy, hax04, but I play it on XBOX. My computer trying to play HL2 would be like Skip trying to run a marathon.

ZootedGranny
09-07-2006, 03:41 PM
I bought and played through Episode 1 twice. It's definitely worth the money. Alyx fighting alongside you really adds a lot to not only the story but the gameplay experience and they introduced a couple of new twists on the physics puzzles. It also has a running in-game commentary that you can turn on, which, for me, was incredibly interesting and something I hope becomes a standard feature for all genres of games.

Episode 2 was recently delayed a few months, and I think now it comes out early next year, along with Team Fortress 2 & Portal, which both look AMAZING.

Valve is actually refining the Source engine to include soft shadowing and new lighting. You should be able to see the difference in the trailer.

HL2 Ep 2 trailer: http://www.xboxyde.com/leech_2972_1_en.html
TF2 trailer: http://www.xboxyde.com/leech_2981_1_en.html
Portal: http://www.xboxyde.com/news_3186_en.html

Also, if you have a 360, Valve is putting together a package of HL2, HL2:E1, HL2:E2, Portal & Team Fortress 2 to simultaneously release with HL2:E2.

Fish
09-07-2006, 06:38 PM
Get to it! The game is only 5 hours or so long. I'd ask to pirate your pirated copy, hax04, but I play it on XBOX . My computer trying to play HL2 would be like Skip trying to run a marathon.

It's on XBox? Geez I missed that one..... Thanks man....

off torrenting......

Ultra Peanut
09-07-2006, 07:41 PM
Valve is releasing a super-duper version with all of the fixins for the 360 and PS3.

Speaking at EA's annual summer press event, Valve's Gabe Newell revealed that Half-Life 2 would be headed to the Xbox 360 and PS3, bolstered with extra content and presumably, plenty of opportunities to kill people with high velocity toilets. The full console package will be comprised of Half-Life 2, Episode One, Episode Two, Team Fortress 2 (it still exists!) and an entirely new title, Portal.

According to Gamespot, Team Fortress 2 now sports a cartoonish art style and a 60's spy feel akin to that of Monolith's No One Lives Forever -- certainly a description you'd never expect to be about a game from Valve. The developer is also trying new things with Portal, which incorporates a rather imaginative gun and encourages you to blast Prey-like portals into floors and walls for all manner of object shifting, puzzle solving hijinx.

The console versions of Half-Life 2 (along with all the extra goodies) are expected to launch alongside the PC game's second episodic expansion. Barring unforeseen code thefts and other delays, that means they'll be out by the end of the year.
Not that it makes up for the lack of mouse/WSAD controls, but it should be nice.

Guru
09-08-2006, 12:45 AM
Episode 1 was great. Picks right up where HL2 leaves off.

Bowser
09-08-2006, 08:52 AM
Episode 1 was great. Picks right up where HL2 leaves off.

Hmmm. HL2 ended....strangely (don't want to give it away for those who haven't seen it). Curious as to how it picks back up.

Thanks for the links, Zooted. Looks cool as hell.

ChiefsLV
09-08-2006, 01:55 PM
Valve is releasing a super-duper version with all of the fixins for the 360 and PS3.


Not that it makes up for the lack of mouse/WSAD controls, but it should be nice.


Seriously, how hard would it be to enable support for a mouse and keyboard in 360 games? They've already got the ability to attach a USB keyboard to the 360 for typing. Why are they holding out on us?

Bowser
08-18-2008, 10:13 AM
Half Life Episode 3 news for the HL fans (well, kinda). It's updated about half way down the page.....

http://www.videogamesblogger.com/2008/02/09/half-life-2-episode-3-will-contain-valves-laundry-list.htm

Bowser
08-18-2008, 10:27 AM
I bought and played through Episode 1 twice. It's definitely worth the money. Alyx fighting alongside you really adds a lot to not only the story but the gameplay experience and they introduced a couple of new twists on the physics puzzles. It also has a running in-game commentary that you can turn on, which, for me, was incredibly interesting and something I hope becomes a standard feature for all genres of games.

Episode 2 was recently delayed a few months, and I think now it comes out early next year, along with Team Fortress 2 & Portal, which both look AMAZING.

Valve is actually refining the Source engine to include soft shadowing and new lighting. You should be able to see the difference in the trailer.

HL2 Ep 2 trailer: http://www.xboxyde.com/leech_2972_1_en.html
TF2 trailer: http://www.xboxyde.com/leech_2981_1_en.html
Portal: http://www.xboxyde.com/news_3186_en.html

Also, if you have a 360, Valve is putting together a package of HL2, HL2:E1, HL2:E2, Portal & Team Fortress 2 to simultaneously release with HL2:E2.

Probably my favorite purchase for the 360 thus far. Hell, I might go play through the whole Half Life storyline thing again. (Interestingly, I've never played the first Half Life game. I don't think I've ever even seen it)

Am I wrong in hoping they incorporate the Portal gun into the Episode 3 storyline?

Bowser
08-18-2008, 10:53 AM
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Demonpenz
08-18-2008, 10:55 AM
it's nice outside. go get some excersize losers

QuikSsurfer
08-18-2008, 10:55 AM
Probably my favorite purchase for the 360 thus far. Hell, I might go play through the whole Half Life storyline thing again. (Interestingly, I've never played the first Half Life game. I don't think I've ever even seen it)

Am I wrong in hoping they incorporate the Portal gun into the Episode 3 storyline?

Gravity-Gun not enough for you?

Bowser
08-18-2008, 10:55 AM
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Bowser
08-18-2008, 10:56 AM
Gravity-Gun not enough for you?

Hell no! Give me more! :)

By the looks of it, Gordon takes on a whole flock of Advisors. He may need both to get through.

Bowser
08-18-2008, 02:54 PM
it's nice outside. go get some excersize losers

"Loosers"

HC_Chief
08-18-2008, 04:26 PM
Probably my favorite purchase for the 360 thus far. Hell, I might go play through the whole Half Life storyline thing again. (Interestingly, I've never played the first Half Life game. I don't think I've ever even seen it)

Am I wrong in hoping they incorporate the Portal gun into the Episode 3 storyline?

Half Life, the original, is one of the greatest games of all time. It was one of the very first FPS to be story-based, rather than simple fast-twitch shooter.

When I read the hype for Bioshock, I always harken back to HL. Bioshock, to me, is not original... sure, the storyline is different and the graphics are way better, but I've played games like it before... like Half Life ;) (not taking anything away from Bioshock - I love the game)

Half Life is the platform which brought Team Fortress back to prominence. I liked it in Quake, but it frigging ruled in the HL engine (until they nerfed the grenades that is).

Half Life is the platform that introduced Counterstrike, which was the tits until beta 6.

I would love to see the original Half Life redone with a new dazzling engine. That would be badass.

QuikSsurfer
08-18-2008, 04:28 PM
Half Life, the original, is one of the greatest games of all time. It was one of the very first FPS to be story-based, rather than simple fast-twitch shooter.

When I read the hype for Bioshock, I always harken back to HL. Bioshock, to me, is not original... sure, the storyline is different and the graphics are way better, but I've played games like it before... like Half Life ;) (not taking anything away from Bioshock - I love the game)

Half Life is the platform which brought Team Fortress back to prominence. I liked it in Quake, but it frigging ruled in the HL engine (until they nerfed the grenades that is).

Half Life is the platform that introduced Counterstrike, which was the tits until beta 6.

I would love to see the original Half Life redone with a new dazzling engine. That would be badass.

This would make my Christmas list.

Guru
08-18-2008, 04:53 PM
I just finished HL2 for the second time. so much fun. Starting ep1 for the second run now.

Bowser
08-18-2008, 05:29 PM
I just finished HL2 for the second time. so much fun. Starting ep1 for the second run now.

Orange Box? I'm thinking I'm going to have to do it all over again, too.

Bowser
08-18-2008, 05:34 PM
Half Life, the original, is one of the greatest games of all time. It was one of the very first FPS to be story-based, rather than simple fast-twitch shooter.

When I read the hype for Bioshock, I always harken back to HL. Bioshock, to me, is not original... sure, the storyline is different and the graphics are way better, but I've played games like it before... like Half Life ;) (not taking anything away from Bioshock - I love the game)

Half Life is the platform which brought Team Fortress back to prominence. I liked it in Quake, but it frigging ruled in the HL engine (until they nerfed the grenades that is).

Half Life is the platform that introduced Counterstrike, which was the tits until beta 6.

I would love to see the original Half Life redone with a new dazzling engine. That would be badass.

The original was a straight PC game, right? I'm thinking I might be able to find that pretty easily for a good price....

TrickyNicky
08-18-2008, 05:48 PM
Half Life is the platform that introduced Counterstrike, which was the tits until beta 6.
So you remember the days when the p90 was as accurate as the mp5?

Count Alex's Losses
08-18-2008, 06:08 PM
Can't wait for the third episode. I totally love HL2. It's incredible.

QuikSsurfer
08-18-2008, 06:22 PM
The original was a straight PC game, right? I'm thinking I might be able to find that pretty easily for a good price....

Yup

Check Steam

Count Alex's Losses
08-18-2008, 06:24 PM
Make sure you get the hi-res pack for the original Half Life.

Also they are working on a total conversion of the original HL to the Steam engine used for HL2.

http://www.blackmesasource.com/index.php

http://www.blackmesasource.com/media/c1a0_release11_006.jpg

Mr Luzcious
08-18-2008, 11:06 PM
I very rarely play anything on any difficulty but the easiest. I play games for fun, not to get frustrated.

Guru
08-18-2008, 11:21 PM
Can't wait for the third episode. I totally love HL2. It's incredible.
I still can't beat the damn striders in the final level of ep2.

Guru
08-18-2008, 11:22 PM
Make sure you get the hi-res pack for the original Half Life.

Also they are working on a total conversion of the original HL to the Steam engine used for HL2.

http://www.blackmesasource.com/index.php

http://www.blackmesasource.com/media/c1a0_release11_006.jpg
You mean the Source version of it? I was really disappointed in that "upgrade."

Count Alex's Losses
08-18-2008, 11:23 PM
You mean the Source version of it? I was really disappointed in that "upgrade."

Yes, but there's also a hi-res texture pack. Better than a hole in the head.

The black mesa: source is a full mod though and looks amazing.

Guru
08-18-2008, 11:25 PM
Yes, but there's also a hi-res texture pack. Better than a hole in the head.

The black mesa: source is a full mod though and looks amazing.

Didn't realize there was another hi-res option. I don't know that Black Mesa will ever see the light of day though.

Guru
08-19-2008, 01:22 AM
I very rarely play anything on any difficulty but the easiest. I play games for fun, not to get frustrated.

I tend to be that way too. The 360 and achievements kind of swung me to give harder modes a shot though.

Kraus
08-19-2008, 01:49 AM
I tend to be that way too. The 360 and achievements kind of swung me to give harder modes a shot though.

I agree. I tend to play games numerous times to get those last few achievements.

Still working on 1050/1050 for Mass Effect and 1000/1000 for Dead Rising.

Guru
08-19-2008, 01:56 AM
I agree. I tend to play games numerous times to get those last few achievements.

Still working on 1050/1050 for Mass Effect and 1000/1000 for Dead Rising.

Heh. Not THAT dedicated. I did manage to get through Halo 3 on Legendary with help though. CoOP. I sure wish more games would allow online coop. That was really fun.

HC_Chief
08-19-2008, 09:25 AM
So you remember the days when the p90 was as accurate as the mp5?

Never used it... I was a M4 w/ red-dot & silencer man, myself. You could own with that bad-boy. It was dead-on accurate every time.

I think that's what brought on the first nerfs; the M4 was so deadly in the hands of a good player that they had to "balance" the weapons. :rolleyes:
That introduced the bunny-hopping headshot which drove a bunch of players (present company included) out of the game.

TrickyNicky
08-19-2008, 12:37 PM
Never used it... I was a M4 w/ red-dot & silencer man, myself. You could own with that bad-boy. It was dead-on accurate every time.

I think that's what brought on the first nerfs; the M4 was so deadly in the hands of a good player that they had to "balance" the weapons. :rolleyes:
That introduced the bunny-hopping headshot which drove a bunch of players (present company included) out of the game.
When it had that half-zoom it sure was unstoppable. Source is mostly just an AWP race, then AWP deathmatch. Source is fun, if strictly for 40 man servers. Most people have moved on to TF2.

HC_Chief
08-19-2008, 01:05 PM
When it had that half-zoom it sure was unstoppable. Source is mostly just an AWP race, then AWP deathmatch. Source is fun, if strictly for 40 man servers. Most people have moved on to TF2.

I was at #48 worldwide for a time in TFC :D

I had conc-jumping and circle-strafing down to a science. Ahh, good old days of TFC clan gaming....

TrickyNicky
08-19-2008, 02:03 PM
I suppose you breezed through all the concjump maps then? Those were a fun time-waster.

HC_Chief
08-19-2008, 03:26 PM
I suppose you breezed through all the concjump maps then? Those were a fun time-waster.

My specialty was concing to grab or cap. I loved concing from the entry room in 2Fort to the flag, then concing out through the upper slit before a shot could hit me :D