Man, this game is freaking sweet
The beginning is AMAZING. And the animations and everything they did with Alex and Dog so far are just phenomenal. I cant say I've ever seen people or anything else act this realistic in a game before. Except for the odd "blank stare" moments, Alyx seems almost lifelike. Im really impressed.
I really like how they pretty much did away with the standard shooter aproach so far as well. I've barely shot anything at all and I've had a blast. Using the gravity gun and helping Alyx (by pointing with the flashlight) is a refreshing break from the constant shooting in other games. And the puzzles are cool too.
Awesome expansion so far. I played for about 2 hours and Im working my way through the parking garage area. Im having some problems with my system at the moment though so Im taking a break.
Whatever the nasty slow downs are that I've been getting in other games, they are still around and its really irritating. I was getting like 15-20fps in some places in Episode 1 and that just didnt seem right at all. Most of the time I get over 60. I did a bit of testing and it seems like the slow downs only "kick in" when I spin my view around and then try to focus on a certain area. Itl run dog slow for a few seconds, then itl be fine.
Anyone have any idea what would cause this? Im almost positive that this is what I've been getting in BF2 and Half-Life 2 mods as well.
Im doing some general cleaning right now, but I plan on trying new video drivers if this doesnt do it.