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Old 06-01-06, 06:03 PM   #25
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The problem is sure some animations are better, and some textures are more high-res but every single art asset has been seen in Half-life 2. There is nothing to immersive yourself here.
No, no, no.. You cannot have played through the first chapter in the citidal and make such a claim. More detailed anymations, more detailed ingame cinematics, more detailed backgrounds, definently more detailed looking alyx model AND new effects (the core at the citidal just to name the most prominent) PLUS of cause HDR lightning. I pity you if you can't see the difference, because then you wouldn't need such an expensive rig

Anyway as you can probably tell I was impressed. It was everything I hoped for. I have played 5 hours so far and I'm not nearly done yet. I usally have 10-20% more gameplay time in SP games than the average on this board, so this doesn't surprice me.
It is just like a concentrate of the best moments of HL2 mixed together in a lovely little episode. I must admit, I'm an instant fan of episodes. Clever puzzles, varied gameplay and environments, good storytelling IMO (although they could even knock this up a notch in Episode 2 ) and just a nice execution overall. Well done valve
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Old 06-01-06, 06:03 PM   #26
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The $20 thing is kinda interesting. If you compare it to a 3 hour movie it seems like a ripoff. Of course in a movie you just sit and watch, and with a game you go through the story the way you want in the comfort of your own home. I think it's a 'ok' deal as far as being entertained goes.
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Old 06-01-06, 06:12 PM   #27
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Finshed in it about 6 hours. I tend to be on the longer end of "how long does it take to finish" scale.

IMO: Great game. I can't believe my "lowly" rig can play this at 1680*1050 with 2AA/4AF and HDR and really not have any problems. No, it doesn't flow like butter, there was a hitch here and there but ALOT less that I expected. I'm sure if I tweaked with the drivers/settings a bit I would have no problems at all (though I would probably have to ditch the HDR).

I enjoyed this MUCH more than Sin:Emergance. I think I might just be getting too old for the cartoony/12-year-old-boys-view-of-women that it portrays. And don't even get me started on the dialogue.

Combies ... heh ... I liked that joke. (Okay actually I liked the fact that Alex realized how BAD/LAME it was)

So, in conclusion: HL2:E1 = worth $20
Sin:E = Not so much ... maybe $12

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Old 06-01-06, 06:22 PM   #28
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Well, actually a 3 hour DVD costs about $15. So $20 is not bad at all for a game with commentary, etc.
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Old 06-01-06, 06:49 PM   #29
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Well, actually a 3 hour DVD costs about $15. So $20 is not bad at all for a game with commentary, etc.
Unless you don't care about the commentary.

And you can go watch a movie at a friend's house, or rent it, paying nothing/very little...with episodic gaming--especially on Steam--you can't rent, and playing a friend's copy is doable, I guess, but I don't know a lot of friends that would want to give me their password if this situation came up.

Meh. If these were $10, I'd had no problem buying them. $20 is just WAY too much, especially for getting nothing physical at all and there are none of the fees that come with putting a game on store shelves here.
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Old 06-01-06, 07:12 PM   #30
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No, no, no.. You cannot have played through the first chapter in the citidal and make such a claim. More detailed anymations, more detailed ingame cinematics, more detailed backgrounds, definently more detailed looking alyx model AND new effects (the core at the citidal just to name the most prominent) PLUS of cause HDR lightning. I pity you if you can't see the difference, because then you wouldn't need such an expensive rig

Anyway as you can probably tell I was impressed. It was everything I hoped for. I have played 5 hours so far and I'm not nearly done yet. I usally have 10-20% more gameplay time in SP games than the average on this board, so this doesn't surprice me.
It is just like a concentrate of the best moments of HL2 mixed together in a lovely little episode. I must admit, I'm an instant fan of episodes. Clever puzzles, varied gameplay and environments, good storytelling IMO (although they could even knock this up a notch in Episode 2 ) and just a nice execution overall. Well done valve
HDR has ceazed to amaze me, especially HL2's implementation of it. Again I said there are more detailed and higher res texture and better animations and so forth, but you get tried of looking at Alyx and the walls. Not much in more detail seriously. I liked the game except it really was too short.
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Well, actually a 3 hour DVD costs about $15. So $20 is not bad at all for a game with commentary, etc.
I was thinking of the same thing. In fact, one my friends specifically said he'd just use another friend's Steam login to play the game once and be done with it. It all comes with the territory, I guess.
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Old 06-01-06, 08:13 PM   #32
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I think the idea valve has with it is there are going to make 3 episodes, which put together, will be about the same length as half life 2 total, 20x3=60 which is around the same price Half Life 2 costed when it came out, therefore your getting another full game in pieces rather than having to wait around 2 or more years knowing valve to put it out, well worth it in my opinion.
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There are going to be 4 episodes. The fourth is unrelated to the other three.
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Old 06-01-06, 09:08 PM   #34
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$20 is just WAY too much, especially for getting nothing physical at all and there are none of the fees that come with putting a game on store shelves here.
Thats not true as they DO pay to have the game on store shelves, and they also pay to have servers and enough badnwidth to make it availalbe without the store. If you want something physical, go to the store.
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There are going to be 4 episodes. The fourth is unrelated to the other three.
Hence why I said 3

I"ve played a ways through the game with commentary on as well which is very informative and intesting.
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Thats not true as they DO pay to have the game on store shelves, and they also pay to have servers and enough badnwidth to make it availalbe without the store. If you want something physical, go to the store.
Actually, with Steam, its completely pointless to buy something physically, because in the end, you are still tied to Steam itself for authentication. Nor can you easily lend this game, or trade it with friends that you trust, unless you perhaps associate every Steam game with its own account.
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