Gamers will also find many new, and old, weapons in
the game. One again, I won't ruin the surprises, but I will tell
you that some of the weapons you get are, well, nice. Quite nice.
You will find the return of weapons such as the Pistol and Machine Gun,
which are definitely new and improved. The pistol for example
makes a debut in a much more attractive yet deadly form. Still, the
coolest gun in the game, is one unlike any we have seen before--the
Defy gravity. Lift extremely heavy objects.
Drag items towards you like Luke Skywalker would do with "the force".
The gravity gun is a huge and jaw dropping addition to the game.
Picture this: you are running around attacking enemies and one of the
NPC's throws a grenade at you. You whip out the gravity gun, suck
the grenade towards you, and shoot it back at that NPC's, killing them.
As you can see, you will have a lot of fun with this weapon throughout
Just like in HL1, Valve flawlessly gets gamers used
to new weapons like these. Without ruining too much, I will tell
you this: when you first get the gravity gun, you will learn how to use
it with a nice game of "catch" with one heck of an "animal."
Valve clearly thought-out parts of this game for a while.
I'm sure we all remember the "interesting" looking
characters Valve designed for Half-Life. Well, I must admit, they
put a lot of work into fixing the lifeless corpses they created before.
In HL2, things just seem realistic. Characters are wonderfully
designed with great texture, dynamics, and several dozen facial
animations to express the emotion of any situation. The graphics
in this game are simply astounding. For all of you that thought
Doom III crushed all other games in visual beauty, wait until you see
One of the great things about HL2 is that it can run
on limited systems. Sure, it will look best if you have one
juiced-up computer, but even with the average computer on the market,
this game will run with hardly any hiccups. This is something
that games like Doom III could do nothing for. If your running a
decent system that isn't top-of-the-line, don't worry, this game should
work for you!
Overall, Half-Life 2 will definitely please any
gamer on the market. We've waited for six years for this sequel,
and luckily that time wasn't wasted in designing this game.
However, please note, to play the game, you must have an internet
connection to register the game.