I finished Half Life 2 last night, and I can say with confidence that it is probably the finest game I’ve ever played. It’s hard to believe that Valve, the game’s developer, has only made one game before, the original Half Life, which was a revolutionary when it came out 6 years ago.
The physics in this game are unlike any game thus far, and it will no doubt be seen in later games. The art direction was superb–it had a cinematic quality to it. My only complaint is the ending is a bit anti-climactic, though the levels you play leading up to it were not dissapointing.
It’s actually a good thing that the game is this good. The game was set to be released 1 YEAR AGO, but I think Valve made good use of that extra year.
It’s good. Buy it.