Friday, 1 April 2011
Posted by Jon Stone
Alas, this hasn't aged very well. Back in the day, it was getting marks of 11 out of 10 and being cited as the greatest game ever. But whereas the original Half-Life remains a masterclass in spare and sure-footed narrative-driven gaming, its sequel is an awkward sprint from one infodump to the next. Characters stubbornly refuse to come to life and the now-not-that-impressive physics puzzles are somewhat crowbarred into frantic chase/escape scenes. The pacing is still strong and the multi-dimensional dystopia well realised, but it simply doesn't stand up to more recent games in the way true classics should.