Great Graphics, Great levels, but Dated Play
This review is going to be simple and straight forward.
I downloaded it off Steam, fully patched and updated. No bugs at all. Even the annoying audio stutter was resolved.
It stays true to the original, for good and bad. You have the clever puzzles and hidden paths of escape. The sound effects are improved but not replaced. The voice acting is top notch and including a lot well known actors like Robert Culp and Robert Guillaume.
The graphics are remarkable, considering that they'll run on most machines made within the last 8 years. Unlike Doom3, You don't need an ATI or Nvidia card to play the game. You have several options for customizing the video to match the requirements of your PC.
The story is not going to win any Hugo awards, but it serves the gameplay suitably. The story is actually enhanced by the dialog performed by the helpful and not-so-helpful NPCs.
The gravity gun is awesome but not used enough in game play. Part of the fun is finding out what weapons work best against the varied baddies you face. The barnacles and headcrabs make a great return as the annoying aliens.
This game is very linear. The only challenge stems from survival to the next level. For a game with such potential, the play options are surprisingly limited.
The bullsquids and One-eyed Howlers are missing.
The Bottom Line
A decent challenge the first time you play it.
If you're into run and gun gaming, this is a good game for you. If you're more into any role playing, you might find this a bit dry. There's little reason to play it more than once.