PC, XBOX Tuesday, November 15, 2005 | 1:42 PM

10 first minutes of Half-Life 2

10 first minutes of Half-Life 2

Rise and shine, here are the ten first minutes of HL2 Xbox ! The long awaited port finally came in place before the 360's release, but even after a year or more, it still smell like a rush.



As you'll see in the video, the game looks fine, even if the textures have suffered a lot. There's also a bit of aliasing, but it's only cosmetic, small glitches. Because the real pain of Half-Life 2 Xbox, not mentioning the game itself, concerns its whole steamy engine, hardly giving a framerate that throw-out its lungs permanently. Well, maybe not "permanently", but long enough to be worried. It's really strange, because there's also a lot of HDR in the game, and I wonder why Vavle would put such an effect in the game without securing a good framerate. I mean, that's retarded. Anyway, if the slowings don't kill you enthusiasm, be sure the loadings will. I have cut them from the video, but you must know that there are FOUR loadings during the 10 first minutes of the game. This is... impressive.

Now, I'm done with the bad points, let's be sweet on Half-Life 2. So, except what I mentioned earlier, the game is just identical to its original version. The physics are exactly the same, and so are the maps. Finally, my point is: if you can pass these technological problems, you'll enjoy this game. You sure will. But, you must know that you will suffer. Your eyes will suffer. And so will your nerves. Ready to rumble ?

ps: following some requests, I forgot to tell you that the game supports 16/9.

10 first minutes of Half-Life 2 FR
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10 first minutes of Half-Life 2 EN
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Commented on 2005-11-15 14:32:40
stupid move, I dont understand why they released this for the xbox. If they released it for the xbox 360 it would sell a lot better I think.
Commented on 2005-11-15 14:52:18 In reply to rayko
Posted by rayko
stupid move, I dont understand why they released this for the xbox. If they released it for the xbox 360 it would sell a lot better I think.
yes
Commented on 2005-11-15 14:58:55 In reply to mehdino1
Totally agree, a very silly move - this would of been a 'AAA' title if released on 360!!
Commented on 2005-11-15 15:13:17
It's a brillant conversion and the loading screens are very quick with only some slowness now and again... This is a must buy title!
Commented on 2005-11-15 15:17:53
Wow, It looks alot better then i would of thought it would, looks like all the setitings on Low on the PC.

does it have the same physics?
Commented on 2005-11-15 15:20:33 In reply to fatsausage
Posted by fatsausage
It's a brillant conversion and the loading screens are very quick with only some slowness now and again... This is a must buy title!
The loadings are quicker than before, yep, but they're still there. And for a console game, four loadings in 10 minutes is a big shock. And, man, the framerate ! How can you call that a "brilliant conversion" !

Sheps> In the news, above the images, there is a text. Read it.
Commented on 2005-11-15 15:23:22
I cant wait to play this on my 360 in 720p,My PC sucks so im really looking forward to it.
Commented on 2005-11-15 16:07:29
Great game, no matter what system it might happen to show up on.
Commented on 2005-11-15 16:08:45
Totally agree with the 360 comments.
Commented on 2005-11-15 16:26:58 In reply to Mysthunter
Posted by Mysthunter
I cant wait to play this on my 360 in 720p,My PC sucks so im really looking forward to it.
its not coming out for the xbox 360.
Commented on 2005-11-15 16:30:51 In reply to rayko
This game is backward compatible.
Commented on 2005-11-15 16:43:00
It'll probably look a bit better on the Xbox 360 is guess.

I wonder if when they make game B/C if they are able to upgrade or make the game itself better than when you played it on Xbox, or do they just fix the jaggies and upscale the resolution.

Btw - is it me or does the English Version video link not working?
Commented on 2005-11-15 16:45:00
I would have gotten it on the 360, not the Xbox.
Commented on 2005-11-15 16:48:06 In reply to ZeroEx
So, you're the first one who tried to download the video ! woooo
Commented on 2005-11-15 16:48:47
Some people seem to forget this Game is the Best on this planet, except Shenmue 1 propably. XBox Version isnt perfect, but still the best game on this system, i guess.
The Atmosphere and art direction of this game is outstanding, with the best sound effects i have heard in over 15 years of gaming.
Commented on 2005-11-15 16:49:59
The EN video should work now.
Commented on 2005-11-15 16:50:39
This message is in "Boulet Time" (TM), If you still *really* want to see it, click here

Commented on 2005-11-15 16:51:18 In reply to Snoopers
Posted by snoopers
The loadings are quicker than before, yep, but they're still there. And for a console game, four loadings in 10 minutes is a big shock. And, man, the framerate ! How can you call that a "brilliant conversion" !

Sheps> In the news, above the images, there is a text. Read it.
Ohhhhh please dude .... I know the framrate sucks a little sometimes but it is still very playable. Lets face it they didn't have a lot to work with 733Mhz cpu, 64mb, Geforce 3 derivative. They did wonders in my opinion with what little they did have. Plus if they gave a better framrate and sacrificed more effects people would whine about that soooo this is a no win situation tbh, you just cant please everyone.

Anyway not everyone is going to buy a 360 right away ... so xbox users deserve good games too. I know I'd certainly be pissed if they stopped all development for xbox and just swiftly moved over to 360. I'm a Uni student atm and I cant afford to just adopt the 360 on release as much as I'd love to though.

Lastly of course its going to better on a 360 ........ why even try and make a stupid point like that.

Andy
P.S. <3 that wasn't at just you even though I posted a quote from you ...hehe So dont hate me :D
Commented on 2005-11-15 16:53:55 In reply to akirru
I'm not hating you, I'm arguing :p

The loadings plus the framerate plus stupid HDR that eat ressources for nothing... I mean, what the fuck ?

And btw, I never said this game should be on 360. What I say is: they should have worked harder on this port. When I see ports like the Dooms, I know that good ports of superb PC games is possible. But hey, Valve is not (and will never be) id.
Commented on 2005-11-15 17:13:16
If this would have come out on 360 I also would have bought it. And if it somehow came out with CS:S on 360, I wouldnt need any other game.
Commented on 2005-11-15 17:19:46 In reply to rayko
@rayko:
Yu Suzuki has lately confirmed that Shenmue 3 is not in the works.
Its a shame, but we cant do anything but wait.
Commented on 2005-11-15 17:47:32 In reply to rayko
Posted by rayko
stupid move, I dont understand why they released this for the xbox. If they released it for the xbox 360 it would sell a lot better I think.
no it's not !!! gfx is ok and gamplay is great so before you buy x360 you have smthng good to play
Commented on 2005-11-15 18:00:57
Snoopers, I really didn't notice a big problem with the framerates - and I am half way though the game... After struggling to get this game working sweetly on a high end PC, it's a joy to play on the good old' Xbox.
Commented on 2005-11-15 18:18:56 In reply to Snoopers
Posted by snoopers
I'm not hating you, I'm arguing :p

The loadings plus the framerate plus stupid HDR that eat ressources for nothing... I mean, what the fuck ?

And btw, I never said this game should be on 360. What I say is: they should have worked harder on this port. When I see ports like the Dooms, I know that good ports of superb PC games is possible. But hey, Valve is not (and will never be) id.
Yeah, id didn't port doom 3. Vicarious Visions did the port and they worked damn to squeeze what they did. Also, as a general comment, i am fairly certain the load times were spliced out of the video. If you pay attention, the dialoge towards the end just before the rooftops if cut off. Also, gamespots hands on said the load times were a little longer than the PCs.
Commented on 2005-11-15 18:38:29
Er, Snoopers says in the comments above the screenshots that it has 4 loading screens in the first ten minutes, which he edited out.

It's not that hard to see them in the video either, you get a slight skip (usually in a corridor or before a door, just like in HL) where it'll come up and say loading.

Looks very good to me, I doubt I'll be buying it though with the X360 release so close, but it is surprisingly nice to see psyhics similar to that of Oblivion, on the Xbox. :)
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