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DescriptionHalf-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.
- "Hλlf-Life²: Episode Two" -- Cover / in-game title
Part of the Following Groups
- 3D Engine: Source
- Distribution Method: Episodic
- Game feature: Developer commentary
- Half-Life universe
- Physics Engine: Havok
- Technology: amBX
|Nice expansion but something is smelling stale.||dreamstealer (146)|
|Digital Spy||Apr 11, 2008||100|
|Thunderbolt Games||Jan 02, 2008||10 out of 10||100|
|Worth Playing||Nov 20, 2007||9.7 out of 10||97|
|Gameguru Mania||Oct 28, 2007||91 out of 100||91|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||Oct 10, 2007||9 out of 10||90|
|YouGamers||Oct 22, 2007||89 out of 100||89|
|Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks||Nov, 2007||80|
|Absolute Games (AG.ru)||Oct 15, 2007||79 out of 100||79|
|Gamekult||Oct 16, 2007||7 out of 10||70|
|JeuxVideoPC.com||Oct 10, 2007||13 out of 20||65|
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German versionThere 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
- Games for Windows Magazine
- March 2008 - #3 Game of the Year 2007
Related Web Sites
- Wikipedia: Half-Life: Episode Two (Article in the open encyclopedia)
Niccolò Mineo (322) added Half-Life 2: Episode Two (Windows) on Oct 14, 2007
Credits (202 people)
175 developers, 27 thanks
Gautam Babbar, Ted Backman, Kelly Bailey, Jeff Ballinger, Aaron Barber, Jeep Barnett, Jeremy Bennett, Dan Berger, Yahn Bernier, Ken Birdwell, Derrick Birum, Mike Blaszczak, Iestyn Bleasdale‑Shepherd, Chris Bokitch, Steve Bond, Matt Boone, Antoine Bourdon, Jamaal Bradley, Jason Brashill, Charlie Brown, Charlie Burgin, Andrew Burke, Augusta Butlin, Julie Caldwell, Dario Casali