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Half-Life 2: Episode One (Windows)

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Description

Half-Life 2: Episode One continues the story of Half-Life 2. It begins immediately after the end of this game, and follows Gordon Freeman (the player) and Alyx as they attempt to escape City 17 in the wake of the defeat of the Combine forces and the battle in the Citadel.

Gameplay and Gordon's weapon arsenal are identical to Half-Life 2. Enemies too are familiar, with only one new zombie variant. A notable gameplay feature is the behavior of Alyx, who fights along Gordon's side for virtually the entire game. While the player still provides most of the offensive firepower, Alyx does provide a beneficial presence, and is far from the typical cannon fodder AI.

The game has four to six hours of gameplay, and also features a "Commentary" mode, which enables hotspots on each map where the player can listen to developer commentary explaining how or why certain things were done.

Screenshots

Half-Life 2: Episode One Windows The abandoned hospital
Half-Life 2: Episode One Windows Fighting a black headcrab zombie in the hospital
Half-Life 2: Episode One Windows First encounter with a "Zombine"
Half-Life 2: Episode One Windows "Dog" finding you under some trash

Alternate Titles

  • "戰慄時空2首部曲:浩劫重生" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "半条命2:第一部" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Half-Life 2: Aftermath" -- Working title
  • "Bantiao Ming 2: Diyi Bu" -- Chinese title
  • "하프라이프 2 에피소드 1" -- Korean spelling
  • "ハーフライフ2 エピソード1" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

More of the same... but that's not a bad thing. Ian Badeer (77) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Pack your gear, Morgan.. I mean Gordon. There's still three episodes to go. Marko Poutiainen (1148) 3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars3.29 Stars
Has more of the unique level design of HL2, but not much. Andrew Bruck (4) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
Half-Life 2: Episode One Is Better Than Star Wars Episode One MasterMegid (897) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
About as good as it is long. Peta Michalek (9) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars

The Press Says

GameStar (Italy) Jun 13, 2006 92 out of 100 92
Hrej! Jun 05, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Jeuxvideo.com Jun 02, 2006 18 out of 20 90
Game Freaks 365 2006 9 out of 10 90
Armchair Empire, The Jun 14, 2006 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Jun, 2006 87 out of 100 87
Gameslave UK Sep 17, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Action Jul 16, 2006 82 out of 100 82
GamesWEB Jun 02, 2006 80 out of 100 80
Gaming since 198x Dec 02, 2007 2 out of 5 40

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Trivia

Dog

Valve development commentary in the game mentions that players seemed to love Dog, so they made him the first thing the player sees at the start of the episode.

Dr. Breen

Apparently, some citizens enjoyed some of the Breencasts. In the game, one citizen can be heard saying to another; "I don't miss Dr. Breen, but I do miss his show. Remember when he had the jugglers on?". This is possibly a reference to the satirical webcomic Concerned (the author of Concerned, however, denies this, believing it to be something of a stretch and citing the absence of jugglers in his strip).

German version

There are changes in some German versions of the game:
  • All blood by humans (including German Freeman) and blood which is part of the level design was coloured green
  • Almost all enemies instantly disappear after being killed. An exception are some dark parts were burning zombies are used as light source.
  • The cries of burning zombies were toned down
  • During the part were Alyx finds the first zombine, the corpse she refers to was removed
A detailed list of changes can be found on schnittberichte.com (German).

Awards

  • 4Players
    • 2006 – #3 Best Add-On of the Year
  • Games for Windows: The Official Magazine
    • March 2007 - #4 Game of the Year 2006
  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – #9 Game of the Year
    • 2006 – #3 PC Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PC Action Game of the Year
    • 2006 – PC Action Game of the Year (Gamers' Vote)
    • 2006 – Best Graphics of the Year (PC)
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
Information also contributed by Mark Ennis.
Shadowcaster (237) added Half-Life 2: Episode One (Windows) on Jun 07, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (257880) and Zeppin (8355)