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Half-Life 2 (stylized as HλLF-LIFE2) is a first-person shooter video game and the sequel to Half-Life. Developed by Valve Corporation and published by Sierra Entertainment, it was released on November 16, 2004, following a protracted five-year $40 million development, during which a substantial part of the project was leaked and distributed on the Internet.

This game is separated into short-length chapters.

Plot

The game takes place some years after the events of Half-Life, where the protagonist, Gordon Freeman, is awakened by the enigmatic G-Man to find out that the world has been taken over by the alien Combine due to events that occurred at the Black Mesa Research Facility, the setting of the first game. Gordon encounters human resistance forces that aid him, including former associates from Black Mesa, among them Dr. Eli Vance and his daughter Alyx. Alyx joins Gordon as they search for a way to eliminate the Combine from Earth and free humanity.

Why it Rocks

  1. Pure, realistic graphics.
  2. Amazing soundtrack.
  3. It reveals the truth about Gordon Freeman.
  4. Brilliant plot and story.
  5. You can shoot or explode the enemies with as many weapons as you like.
  6. Awesome voice acting.
  7. You can be healed or get guns from your allies.
  8. You can drive with a car or a boat to get past the tons of enemies.
  9. The fact that Episode 3 is yet to come spawned a meme.
  10. Great modifications, including some of them that improve the graphics such as FakeFactory and Half-Life 2: Update (Available on Steam).

Bad Qualities

  1. The amount of weapons is more limited than in the prequel.
  2. The game itself has aged a bit, since it was made in 2004.
  3. Some of the soundtrack is recycled from the prequel, such as the "Lambda Core" during the Hunter Chopper chase in Water Hazard chapter.
  4. The ending in Episode Two is a MASSIVE Cliffhanger.

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