Half-Life 2: Episode Two

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Half-Life 2: Episode Two is the second episode to extend the story behind the original Half-Life 2. In the previous episode, Dr. Gordon Freeman escaped from City 17 with Alyx Vance, while the Citadel was destroyed by a storm of unseen proportions. This episode brings the team face to face with the Combine forces stationed in the White Forest, since they have been ordered to stop Gordon and Alyx from delivering a packet of crucial information stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of survived scientists.

There are no new weapons, but Gordon receives a new form of ammunition for the Gravity Gun: the Magnusson Device. The driving sequences introduce a new vehicle: a powerful car with its engine revealed.

There is also a new soundtrack and the game engine has been updated with a new renderer, a new dynamic lighting and shadowing system, updated physics, and new effects such as motion blur and depth of field. Dual core processors are now supported as well. The player always controls Gordon Freeman, often assisted by Alyx, a Vortigaunt or the rebels.


Half-Life 2: Episode Two Windows Two kitchen dwellers with three men.
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Windows This area is heavily guarded.
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Windows Yes, the good old valve is again part of the game.
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Windows The vortigaunt calling for help after the initial Hunter attack.

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Nice expansion but something is smelling stale. Windows dreamstealer (146)

Critic Reviews

Digital Spy Windows Apr 11, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Worth Playing Windows Nov 20, 2007 9.7 out of 10 97
Atomic Gamer Windows Oct 12, 2007 92 out of 100 92
Tweakers.net Windows Nov 01, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Gamernode Windows Oct 16, 2007 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Windows Oct 15, 2007 90 out of 100 90
GamesCollection Windows Mar 06, 2008 9 out of 10 90
YouGamers Windows Oct 22, 2007 89 out of 100 89
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Nov, 2007 87 out of 100 87
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Windows Nov, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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German version

There are a number of changes in some German versions of the game:
  • All blood is coloured grey
  • Almost all enemies instantly disappear after being killed
A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).


  • Games for Windows Magazine
    • March 2008 - #3 Game of the Year 2007

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