I don't get the hype about half-life 3, Half-life 2 wasn't as good as the original. So many parts of that game dragged so badly.
Half-life is a great game without enough depth to its story/universe to drag it out over the # of games they produced. Let's be honest here. Half-life 2 was just average to mediocre on release. They improved it with the next few episodes but so many other game devs run rings around valve.