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Half-Life 2 (Windows)

94
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
4.2
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

Advertising Blurbs

www.xbox.com:
    Blending suspense, intense action, and the most responsive game environment ever created, Half-Life® 2 opens the door to a world where your presence affects everything around you.

    In 1998 Valve Software released Half-Life, a groundbreaking experience that combined heart-pounding action with continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title won more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named “Best PC Game Ever” by PC Gamer.

    In this eagerly anticipated sequel, once again pick up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman and rescue the world from the wrong you unleashed back at Black Mesa!

    • Digital actors: Interact with the most sophisticated in-game characters ever witnessed.
    • Advanced A.I.: See friends and foes alike assess threats and fashion weapons from what is at hand.
    • Stunning graphics: Experience incredibly realistic environments and jaw-dropping special effects.
    • Physical gameplay: Interact with objects that obey the laws of gravity, friction, and buoyancy.

    Contributed by havoc of smeg (14628) on Sep 16, 2010.

Back of Case - Windows (Israel):

    ההמשך ל-'משחק הפי.סי. החשוב ביותר שנוצר אי פעם' פותח את הדלת לעולם בו נוכחותכם משפיעה על סביבתכם, מהסביבה הפיזית ועד לרגשות החברים והאויבים. היכנסו לנעליו של גורדון פרימן, הרימו שוב את מוט הברזל, והצילו את העולם מפני הפגע ששחררתם בבלק מייסה. זכרו, הרבה אנשים סומכים עליכם.

    שחקנים דיגיטליים: טכנולוגיית אנימציה מתקדמת, מספקת את דמויות המשחק המתוחכמות ביותר שראיתם אי-פעם.
    בינה מלאכותית מתקדמת: ידידים ואויבים מעריכים איומים, מתמחים בלוחמה - תוך שימוש בפני השטח, והופכים לנשק את כל מה שניתן להניח עליו ידיים.
    גרפיקה מרהיבה: אפקטים מיוחדים ומדהימים, מעוררים סביבת משחק מציאותית ברמה של תאמן.
    משחקיות פיזיקלית: עצמים, החל מסלעים וכלה במשאיות, נשמעים לחוקי כוח המשיכה, כוח הגרירה וכושר הציפה.


    Contributed by Solid Flamingo (1333) on Jan 26, 2008.

Back of Box - Windows (UK):
    Half-Life 2

    "THE MOST INTENSE AND EXHILARATING CONFLICT EVER UNDERTAKEN IN A VIDEO GAME"

    PC GAMER - 96%


    The sequel to PC Gamer's GREATEST PC GAME EVER CREATED opens the doors to a world where your presence affects everything around you from the physical environment to the emotions of both friends and enemies. As Gordon Freeman, pick up the crowbar again and rescue the world from the wrong you released back in Black Mesa. Remember, a lot of people are counting on you.

    DIGITAL ACTORS: Advanced animation technology delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever witnessed.

    ADVANCED AI: Friends and foes assess threats, master tricky terrain and fashion weapons from what is at hand.

    STUNNING GRAPHICS: Simply amazing special effects ignite incredibly realistic environments.

    PHYSICAL GAMEPLAY: Objects from rocks to trucks obey laws of gravity, friction and buoyancy.

    Also includes: Counter-Strike: Source

    The next installment of the world's #1 online action game!

    Contributed by Apogee IV (2336) on Dec 02, 2004.

www.sierra.com:
    1998: Half-Life sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title wins more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launches a franchise with more than eight million retail units sold worldwide.

    Now: Half-Life 2.

    By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors -- even the emotions -- of both friends and enemies.

    The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people -- people he cares about -- are counting on him.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66222) on Nov 25, 2004.

fr.vugames-europe.com (French):
    L'essentiel:
    Le jeu le plus attendu de tous les temps!

    Prenez le suspense, le challenge et la claque monumentale offerts dans le premier opus, rajoutez un réalisme poussé à son maximum et une intéraction sans limites : le tout s'appelle Half-Life 2.

    Entrez dans un monde où votre présence affecte absolument tout ce qui se trouve autour de vous, depuis les environnements et les objets jusqu'aux comportements et les émotions des autres protagonistes, amis ou ennemis.

    Dans la peau du scientifique devenu culte Gordon Freeman, vous n'avez pas d'autres choix que de vous emparer du pied de biche et de sauver la Terre d'une horde d'Aliens effrayants que vous avez malencontreusement "libérés" à Black Mesa.

    La suite officielle de l'histoire de Gordon Freeman

    Un système d'animation faciale pour jouer sur un éventail complet d'émotions différentes

    Evoluez dans un monde qui obéit aux lois de la physique: masse, friction, gravité, ou flottement

    Le rendu des ombres crée les environnements les plus réalistes jamais vus dans un jeu vidéo

    L'Intelligent Artificielle permet à tous les personnages de s'adapter et de réagir en fonction de la situation

    Contributed by Xoleras (66222) on Nov 25, 2004.

de.vugames-europe.com (German):
    Inhalt:
    Gordon Freeman ist zurück!

    Wieder nimmt der Spieler das Brecheisen des Forschers Gordon Freeman auf, der sich auf einer von Aliens besetzten Erde wieder, deren Ressourcen verbraucht sind und deren Bevölkerung stetig abnimmt. Freeman hat die wenig beneidenswerte Aufgabe die Welt von dem zu retten, was er selbst in Black Mesa freigesetzt hat. Und viele ihm wichtige Leute zählen fest auf ihn. Das intensive real-time Gameplay von Half-Life 2 wird nur von Source® ermöglicht, Valves neue geschützte Engine-Technologie. Source ermöglicht bedeutende Weiterentwicklungen bei:

    den Charakteren - Ein fortschrittliches Gesichter-Animations-System bewirkt, dass die Charaktere im Spiel so differenziert aussehen wie noch nie. Mit 40 ausgeprägten “Gesichtsmuskeln” zeigen die menschlichen Charaktere die volle Bandbreite menschlicher Emotionen und reagieren flüssig und intelligent auf den Spieler.

    der Physik - Ob Kieselsteine, Wasser oder 2-Tonner – alle Dinge reagieren wie erwartet, gemäß den Gesetzen der Trägheit, Reibung, Scherkraft und des Auftriebs.

    der Grafik - Der shader-based Renderer von Source, wie auch der, der von Pixar auch in Filmen wie Toy Story® und Monster AG® genutzt wurde, schafft eine der schönsten und realistischten Umgebungen die je in einem Spiel gezeigt wurden.

    der AI - Weder Freund noch Feind werfen sich einfach blindlings in die Schlacht. Sie können Gefahren abschätzen, unzugängliches Gelände bezwingen und aus nahezu allem Waffen herstellen.

    Schauplatz: City 17, die in ihrer Detailschönheit an alte Metropolen Europas erinnert

    Einzigartige KI: Gegner und Begleiter reagieren situationsabhängig

    Geniale Physikengine: ermöglicht realistische Interaktionen mit sämtlichen Objekten

    Facial-Animation-System: Fantastische Spielfiguren-Mimik und -Gestik

    Map-Editor sowie volle Unterstützung von der Community entwickelten Mods

    Contributed by Xoleras (66222) on Nov 25, 2004.

au.vu-games.com:
    Description:
    Freeman is back!

    Once again, pick up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling.
    Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people - people he cares about - are counting on him.

    "...THE BEST GAME EVER MADE" - PC Gamer

    IN STORES NOW!

    Standard Edition - $89.95

    Also available in a limited Collectors Edition for $129.95

    Available from EB Games, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith Electronics, K Mart, Target, Big W, Myer, The Games Wizards and all good game retailers

    New engine technology - SOURCE, provides major enhancements to the characters, physics, graphics and AI.

    Advanced Facial animation systems deliver the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen.

    Objects - from pebbles to water to 2-ton trucks - respond as expected, as they obey the laws of mass, friction, gravity, and buoyancy.

    Neither friend nor foe charge blindly into the fray. They can assess threats, navigate tricky terrain, and fashion weapons from whatever is at hand.

    HAMMER gives control over the "Complete Development Environment". Giving the user the ability to create not only maps, but mods, skins, sound effects, etc.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66222) on Nov 25, 2004.