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Our videos of Half Life 2

Our videos of Half Life 2

The indispensable Half-Life 2 was updated a few days ago, adding a few effects to the game and fixing a few bugs. This originally was a mod by Filip Victor, but it has now become an official patch approved by Valve. Also included is the Community Commentary Mode, thanks to which you might leanr one or two things about this 2004 game.

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Commented on 2015-04-02 13:51:54
Saw this on steam and became curious. Is there a noticeable difference graphics wise?
Commented on 2015-04-02 15:30:13 In reply to asdfg
Posted by asdfg
Saw this on steam and became curious. Is there a noticeable difference graphics wise?
no, it is a lame update. I played for 5 mins and saw no improvement

you are better off waiting for the source 2.0 update or download that fake factory mod
Commented on 2015-04-02 15:36:57 In reply to Doom_Bringer
The fake factory mod is a mod for teens who want to see Alyx Vance as a bimbo. :)

The point of this mod was not to change the game, simple make it up-to-date with episode 2 if I'm not mistaken. It doesn't make a huge difference, but the comparison video shows some nice improvements anyhow.
Commented on 2015-04-02 15:46:44
you don't have to use their character models, the rest of the mod is apparently pretty good. I am gonna download it over the weekend. These vids were enjoyable. I want to replay this game
Commented on 2015-04-02 15:48:38 In reply to Doom_Bringer
It's also a pain to use quite honestly. I managed to make it work a few years back, then it stopped working and I could never make it run again, even after a clean install.
Commented on 2015-04-02 15:53:34 In reply to Driftwood
Posted by Driftwood
It's also a pain to use quite honestly. I managed to make it work a few years back, then it stopped working and I could never make it run again, even after a clean install.
interesting. Are you gonna upload more vids of this update?
Commented on 2015-04-02 16:14:06 In reply to Doom_Bringer
No, like I said I managed to make it work many years ago but gave up the moment it stopped working. :)
Commented on 2015-04-02 23:55:55
This game still provides a better experience than most new games.
Commented on 2015-04-03 01:16:57 In reply to Eyesoftheraven
Posted by Eyesoftheraven
This game still provides a better experience than most new games.
Absolutely. It's a very well designed game.
Commented on 2015-04-03 05:43:38
just played some more. I love this game! It needs a remake!!1
Commented on 2015-04-03 07:23:56
I must have played this game through 4 times over the years. Be it out of boredom, or just to see if I missed something. And I still don't understand the fandom behind it. I truly don't. When it was originally released, it was pretty much agreed that it was simply a sensationalized engine test. Now, I can't help but read this or that pertaining to an obsession over it or dying to have a number 3. I really don't get it... Is it some merged, perverted fascination between Valve and Gabe Newell, or am I just an old fuck?
Commented on 2015-04-04 20:05:10 In reply to crookedmind
Posted by crookedmind
I must have played this game through 4 times over the years. Be it out of boredom, or just to see if I missed something. And I still don't understand the fandom behind it. I truly don't. When it was originally released, it was pretty much agreed that it was simply a sensationalized engine test. Now, I can't help but read this or that pertaining to an obsession over it or dying to have a number 3. I really don't get it... Is it some merged, perverted fascination between Valve and Gabe Newell, or am I just an old fuck?
Why do you care? You don't have to like every single critically acclaimed game ever made, let alone playing through them 4 times...
Posted by crookedmind
When it was originally released, it was pretty much agreed that it was simply a sensationalized engine test
Bullshit.
Commented on 2015-04-04 22:06:12 In reply to Doom_Bringer
Posted by Doom_Bringer
just played some more. I love this game! It needs a remake!!1
It needs a sequel is what it bloody well needs. How long now was Ep2? Shocking behaviour from Valve.

Oh, and if HL2 was just an engine experiment (which is absolute bollocks btw), then I'd love to see what the game would have been like if they'd actually tried.
Commented on 2015-04-04 22:59:37
Best Game Ever but Half-Life the 1st is way better.
Commented on 2015-04-04 23:58:53 In reply to GamersydeVideos
Posted by GamersydeVideos
Bullshit.
No. It was considered that by pretty much all the major review sites and players in 04/05, "GamersydeVideos". I didn't just pull that out of my ass... I attended that fucking e3 for christ sakes. I specifically remember a, "Best game engine test of the year" headline, with no substance.

And I care, because it's all over the place and causes cognitive dissonance.
Commented on 2015-04-05 00:41:47 In reply to MrWhite
Posted by MrWhite
Oh, and if HL2 was just an engine experiment (which is absolute bollocks btw), then I'd love to see what the game would have been like if they'd actually tried.
It would of been amazing.

I truthfully believe (now), that the masses who are in love with Half Life 2, were not PC gamers prior to 2001 or played HL2 long after it was released, having very little frame of reference to be able to maybe contemplate the era. It sort of makes sense when you think about it, only because at the time when they showed the presentation of HL2 at e3, it was mind blowing, all of the features of the source engine were shown off (I still remember the water blocks and the faces in the crowd). It was mind blowing because the only current comparison at e3 was what they were doing with Unreal, Doom 3, World of Warcraft, etc. And the Source engine was a major step forward in model, texture, etc advancement in its own right. But, when the game was actually released, everything that was in the test was in the game, and the story and game play seemed to rely on these engine quirks rather than the core gameplay like in Half Life.

I think this what caused the initial, "Oh my God" reactions from the media, then that reaction turned to, "the final game is just an engine test". I remember feeling the same way, that there is no gameplay here, just a bunch of different engine gadgets to fuck with through a linear plot as it progressed, and being able to compare it to the first, it was a huge let down. Being able to look back at in hindsight now, I can see how the major engine improvements at the time have had an affect on the players feelings about the game now, because that is what gamers base most games off of these days. I also think there may have been an expectation of HL2 being better than HL1, but wasn't. And that caused the negative affect.

I personally didn't know one person who cared for HL2. This was when I was working in the industry, dealing with publishers, columnists and all those pretentious hypocrites in the media. Being online was a major part of my life, my world (like it is for a lot of people here). So, I knew a lot of gamers. I just think times and tastes have changed so much that the standard has shifted too far towards eye-candy than substance (like the movie industry) that it's taken this long for the shift to change in a positive way towards what HL2 offered in terms of candy. And you be damned if you go against the hive-mind.

Ah, well. It really doesn't matter now and I'm too old for this fickle shit. If there is an HL3, I'm sure it will be game of the century and a statue will be erected of Gabe Newell in Times Square, followed by a movie of it by Michael Bay and everyone will be happy for life. The end.
Commented on 2015-04-05 04:46:26 In reply to crookedmind
Posted by crookedmind
...
So you don't think HL2 deserves the praise it has gotten, that's a fair opinion, but you should know, your message is close to getting lost amongst all that pessimism and bitterness. Just to give you some frame of reference, you sound like you're 85 years old and sided with the losers during the great war.
Commented on 2015-04-05 09:54:52 In reply to asdfg
Posted by asdfg
Is there a noticeable difference graphics wise?
http://bit.ly/1GVoK2C

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