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Half-Life 2: Episode Two (Windows)

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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 D.O.G. fights a Strider.
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Windows Main menu
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Windows This area is heavily guarded.
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Windows Transportation is lovely in this episode.

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User Reviews

Nice expansion but something is smelling stale. dreamstealer (146) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

Pelit Nov, 2007 93 out of 100 93
Gamer.co.il Oct 19, 2007 93 out of 100 93
Atomic Gamer Oct 12, 2007 92 out of 100 92
GamesCollection Mar 06, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Tweakers.net Nov 01, 2007 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Oct 15, 2007 90 out of 100 90
YouGamers Oct 22, 2007 89 out of 100 89
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2007 87 out of 100 87
Vgames Oct 24, 2007 85 out of 100 85
GameStar (Germany) Oct 31, 2007 85 out of 100 85


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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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Niccolò Mineo (295) added Half-Life 2: Episode Two (Windows) on Oct 14, 2007
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