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Gameplay 8.0
Graphics 9.0
Sound 8.9
Value 7.5
Developer: Valve
Distributor:
Electronic Arts
Review Date:
July 2006
Reviewer:
Andrew B

8.0

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Half-Life 2: Episode One

Half-Life 2 Aftermath is the first of a series of episodic expansions for the popular and acclaimed Half-Life series. This episode takes place right after the events in HL2, and you and Alyx will flee from City 17, fighting against creatures who were previous blocked from entertaining the city The Citadel you assaulted in HL2 is tumbling into chaos, and this event will have catastrophic effects on the surrounding area, prompting your escape.

The Half-Life series valiantly returns in Half-Life 2: Episode One that continues from the previous game after the Combine tower is destroyed. Gordon once again returns as the hero with his extremely sexy sidekick Alyx whose undergone some remarkable changes, graphically since her first incarnation. With that said, Episode One has received an amazing facelift that truly takes his series to the next level and gives us a great insight into the next incarnation of the series.

As opposed to the previous game, Episode One is considerably shorter and will take the average gamer around 8 hours to complete but bare in mind that this title only costs around $36AUD which although a little steep is still worth every penny, considering the evolution of the series.

The gameplay of Episode One is virtually identical to all first person shooters where the gamer must engage in a variety of different missions and submissions in order to successfully complete the title through a plethora of firepower and strange otherworldly creatures. As opposed to the previous game, Episode has an intensive claustrophobic feel as the majority of levels are now based indoors that really lends itself to genre.

Probably the most new aspect of gameplay is the novel of idea of Gordon using his flashlight to assist Alyx aim her weapon and fortunately for you,  your sexy revamped sidekick has virtually unlimited ammunition. The enemy of Episode One is based from the previous game (Vortigons) that contains all the stock standard foes and weapons of the previous game but considering that this takes place almost instantly from the previous game, it makes perfect sense.

Both graphically and soundwise, Episode One is an amazing title that features state of the art graphics that has received somewhat of a face lift. Although the gaming environments appear to be somewhat familiar, the characters (if you can believe) look considerably more realistic, especially Alyx herself.

Whether its the realistic lighting or reflective surfaces and the special effects, the developers have also added some professional voice acting and a very Hollywood sounding musical score to immerse you into this wonderful universe.  With that said, I would suggest a high-end computer to thoroughly enjoy this title.

In conclusion, Half-Life 2 Episode One is a well made add-on that I would recommend to all fans of the original series that contain an engaging storyline, amazing graphics and that famous Half-Life universe that is sure to draw you into this stunning computer generated world. My only complaint is the game is rather short but needless to say, it's a great sneak peak of the next Half-Life installment. Check it out!






 
 



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