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Half-Life 2: Episode Two (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Half-Life 2: Episode Two Windows A nice little upgrade
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Windows Inside the homebase
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Windows The vortigaunt calling for help after the initial Hunter attack.
Half-Life 2: Episode Two Windows Alyx & Freeman caught by an Advisor.

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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

The Press Says

Digital Spy Apr 11, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Gameguru Mania Oct 28, 2007 91 out of 100 91
Avid Gamer Oct 13, 2007 9 out of 10 90
GamesCollection Mar 06, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Gamernode Oct 16, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Oct 10, 2007 9 out of 10 90
PC Games (Germany) Oct 10, 2007 87 out of 100 87
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 15, 2007 17 out of 20 85
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Nov, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
JeuxVideoPC.com Oct 10, 2007 13 out of 20 65

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Trivia

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).

Awards

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

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Mad_Griffith (296) added Half-Life 2: Episode Two (Windows) on Oct 14, 2007
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