Friday, November 19, 2004

Half-Life 2

If you didn't see the little snippit at the bottom of my MX 1000 Uber Mouse of Doom review... well, I think Half-Life 2 is awesome.

It's fun.

The story is quite compelling.

It's fun.

I really can enjoy the graphics in it more then I could in Doom 3, even though Doom 3 is a technically superior game engine... that extra bit that Carmack pushed for just ends up be negligable to me.

Plus.. btw.. did I say it was fun yet?

I don't think i've talked to anyone that didn't describe, with massive amounts of glee, the fun that they had with the airboat once they got the add-on for it attached.

I don't think I've seen Skull the Troll ever have that much glee... even if he was surrounded with all the Pokemon he ever wanted.

And that's a lot of Glee.

P.S. Thanks to Valve for making sure to compile in fun.dll, too many companies are forgeting that crucial part.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glee Indeed! HL2 is fun & enjoyable on so many levels. As annoying as the installation was, the game does kick serious ass.

The best non-gameplay feature (if you can make use of it) is hands-down the Widescreen support. They let you specifically set it up in 4:3, 16:9 or 16:10 ratios, and list the appropriate supported resolutions based on that selection. Having had to go through all kinds of config issues & console commands to get other games to run with the right settings, this was a pleasant surprise.

The graphics are truly amazing. I'm running it on 1920x1200 with all the options on and the frame rates are stellar. I had to run Doom 3 at 1024x768 on moderate settings to get similar frame rates, and frankly I think HL2 looks better. The higher resolution more than makes up for Doom 3's "superior" engine (in 800x600 w/ full options on) in the eye-candy factor. IMO.

The physics engine adds a lot to the game too, and the Gravity Gun rulz - although I'm sure more kick-ass weapons will be showing up later (I just finished up at the Lighthouse). The crossbow is a close second, and the RPG is fun if you have the room to play with it.

11/22/2004 3:58 PM  

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