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To be honest, I didn't even know the game was released until yesterday, and I just got it today (just put in disk 5). So, is there any one else out there who got it, and if so, what do you think? I'm not putting a poll for this since opinions may vary from possible options.

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Disk 5? :? Mine only come with one disk....

 

I bought the game Saturday at the on base mall (called a "PX"). Initially all I saw was the regular edition(s), each having a different face on the front (i.e. Freeman, Alyx, and the G-Man), and so I stood there for what, in retrospect, seems like an hour...and that's when I saw the COLLECTOR'S EDITION! Being the Half-Life fanatic I am (I own three version of Half-Life, two versions of Opposing Force, two versions of Team Fortress Classic, two versions of Counter-Strike, Blue Shift, Half-Life 2, and a Half-Life 2 T-shirt) I HAD to get the Half-Life 2 Collector's Edition (incidentally, it brought one of the above mentioned Counter-Strikes, one of the versions of Half-Life, the T-shirt, and Half-Life 2). Next I plan to purchase the relatively old PS2 Half-Life for the sole fact that it is has a co-op game that I have yet to beat (I played it with my younger sister some years back when a friend lent it to me, though I never completed it).

 

Oh what joys of joy! My heart explodes with the happiness of FINALLY owning and playing Half-Life 2! I have been awaiting this day(s) since 2000 when I, at last, beat Half-Life! Oh what happiness, what greatness!

 

THE game is GREAT! AWESOME! WOO YAY to the EXTREME!

I command a GIF-maker to great a GRAND WOO YAY of HALF-LIFE 2 and/or HALF-LIFE 2's RELEASE so that we may all celebrate this momentous occasion in WOO YAY-like style!

 

 

The only down side to the game, it took me nearly two hours to install since it calls for a WHOLE mess of online files and other computer stuff that is beyond my intellect.

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There are only two aspects of the game I don't like: despite the powerhouse of a computer I am running, there are still instances where it choke a little, and the fact that Steam is a pain in the ass!

History is on the move, Captain. Those who cannot keep up with it will be left behind, to watch from a distance. And those who stand in our way will not watch at all."

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Yeah, it took me a total of 2 hours to install HL2. 30 minutes for the installation from the CD, 1.5 hours to install the stuff from the Steam server. :roll: Of course, it'll probably install faster on DSL or Cable than on dial-up. :roll:

 

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Okay, but to keep from spoiling it, I'll put it in black text. To read it, just highlight the following:

You're Gordon Freeman, MIT graduate, ex-Black Mesa associate, and all around good guy. You have joined the infamous "G-Man" and have apparently been in some sort of hibernation for a while now. You wake the hissing voice of your new boss who beckons you to be "the wrong man in the right place." Suddenly you find yourself aboard a train with two other passengers, one of whom observes he didn't notice you board. At the end of the train you find yourself in what the telecaster says is CIty 17.

 

Apparently the the portal flux you caused a few years back at Black Mesa has caught the attention of an imperial power called the "Combine," who came to Earth soon after you killed the Nihilanth on Xen (end of the first Half-Life) and have taken over. The former adminstrator at Black Mesa (not to be confused with the "G-Man") has forged a treaty of sorts with the Combine to allow certain cities, such as City 17 and City 14, to remain populated by humans. Still, the Combine is cruel, ready to destroy all human life.

 

As Gordon Freeman you team up with fellow freedom fighters Barney Calhoun (ex-Security Guard at Black Mesa), Dr. Alex Kliener (mentor at MIT who found you your job at Black Mesa), Dr. Eli Vance (an associate from Black Mesa who survived the incident), and Alyx Vance (Dr. Vance's daughter), your mission: bring about the Combine's reckoning, as an allied Vortigaunt so eloquently put it.

 

I won't give away much more of the storyline to allow you to play, but basically you leave City 17 to rendezvous with other freedom fighters, fighting the aliens who inhabit the places between "safe zones" and Combine troops guarding roads and towns along the way.

 

Hope that helped.

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One word to desribe Half-life 2 . . . AWESOME

 

 

 

I loved the first Half-Life, and I'm loving the second half-life. My version came with 5 CDs as well, there are three versions of HL2 - Bronze, Silver and Gold. I know that HL2 silver comes with HL Source (which is identicle in every way to the normal Half Life) and is on DVD, not sure about Gold though.

It took about 40 minutes to install the game and run it the first time round for me. It's a loooooong wait, though worth it :wink:

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The Black Mesa incident was the one that occured in the Top Secret Black Mesa research center in HL1. Gordon Freeman after putting an unknowen material in a laser during a experiment cause a dimentional gate to open and aliens invade the facility. The governement comes to clean which includes getting rid of all the witnesses. You escape after having passed a deal with the G man i think he is called.

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I've also heard reports of this. It is apparently caused by the sensation of moving when you are sitting stil (motion sickness). I haven't experienced this, but it is suggested that if you do, to lower your resolution.

History is on the move, Captain. Those who cannot keep up with it will be left behind, to watch from a distance. And those who stand in our way will not watch at all."

- ”Grand Admiral Thrawn"

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I was a bit surprised as well. I wonder whether it has to do with the game or more with the fact that people enjoy larger television and home cinema sets these days... :roll:
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In the Netherlands, Half-Life 2 seems to have caused nausea and dizziness among players. Any similar news elsewhere?

 

Weird! Then again, some games I've played before have a simular effect on me. Both Morrowind and *sniff* Dark Forces would make me feel sick after playing them for a while.

I'd die if that were the case with HL2!

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