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Half-Life 2: Episode One to Stand Alone

Half-Life 2 will not be required to run Episode 1 on Eurogamer has answers from Valve's Doug Lombardi to some follow-up questions they sent about the upcoming episodic follow-ups to Half-Life 2, learning along the way that the original game will not be required to run Episode One.

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47. Re: No subject Mar 3, 2006, 11:35 aldo_14
 

Not in London it's not. It can be up to 3 times that. But the cinemas in London are usually nicer

That's London, though...... bit of an exceptional case.

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46. No subject Mar 3, 2006, 01:38 VoodooV
 
Homeworld Catyclysm was standalone I think.

I never understood that.. They claim its so you can buy the sequel without having to buy the original...thats fine..but who does that? I can't even conceive of buying an expansion and not buying the original product...or buying the expansion 1st, original 2nd

If I'm even remotely interested in a sequel/expansion. I always start at the beginning.

 
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45. Re: No subject Feb 26, 2006, 12:00 Tango
 
Wait till it's out and see how long it really is. Then people can bitch if it's too short
Yeah but that means they can't bitch NOW

a cinema ticket is about 3.50 for, approx, 1 1/2 hours.
Not in London it's not. It can be up to 3 times that. But the cinemas in London are usually nicer

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44. BTW Feb 26, 2006, 03:19 venomhed
 
Anyone defending a 4-6 hour episodic game for $20 are the same people that support tax increases on food, liquor and fuel. They look at it like this.

"Jeez man. Its only a nickel on my gas, quit being so cheap."

Well dumb ass let me shove this into perspective.

You gas tax goes up, along with your food, clothing, service taxes, gratuity tax, "convenience" charge tax, your cell phone taxes, your utility taxes etc.

Every year you get nickled and dimed to death, EVERY year.

To defend this is to basically pull down your pants, walk into a prison and scream.

FUCK ME!

 
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43. Zepha Feb 26, 2006, 03:15 venomhed
 
Classic! And so fucking true.

Look at Battlefield with its add ons "packs"! What friggin greed for a game that isn't even working properly and gets a little worse each patch.

I refuse to play this game if you know what I mean.

 
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42. Re: No subject Feb 26, 2006, 01:03 Zephalephelah
 
Episode 1: $20
Episode 2: $20
Episode 3: $20
Episode 4: $20
Episode 5: $20
Episode 6: $20
Episode 7: $20
Episode 8: $20
Alyx Desktop Collection & Mini-game Episode 9: $15
HL2-Episode Source SDK for Mod-Makers: $129
Alyx, Gordon, Barney, Dogg action figures: $80 total
Official Strategy Guide: $20
Episode 10 Finale: $35
Gabe Newell Autographed Crowbar: $50


 
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41. Re: No subject Feb 25, 2006, 20:18 aldo_14
 
IF its only 4 hours long. Wait till it's out and see how long it really is. Then people can bitch if it's too short.

How often have you known a developer to under estimate the length of a game in a public (PR) statement? Bear in mind the decision to buy generally is made based on anticipated content, etc; people (generally speaking) don't randomly buy things and only then begin to decide if the are worth the price. So we're kind of expected to make these judgements justnow.

Movie tickets aren't much different.

In UK terms (The RR price for the game is the same in numerical terms - 19.99), a cinema ticket is about 3.50 for, approx, 1 1/2 hours.


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40. Re: No subject Feb 25, 2006, 16:47 /dev/null
 
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$19.99 for 10 hours? I'd be happy.
$19.99 for 8? Annoyed, but I'd buy it.
$19.99 for "4-6?" Only if the reviews are perfect, and even than I'd be pissed.
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I'd even be happy for "4-6". Seems pretty cheap to me.


 
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39. Re: No subject Feb 25, 2006, 15:13 John
 
IF its only 4 hours long. Wait till it's out and see how long it really is. Then people can bitch if it's too short.

Movie tickets aren't much different.

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38. No subject Feb 25, 2006, 14:21 aldo_14
 
$5 an hour, then.....

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37. rabble all you want Feb 25, 2006, 13:06 Jim
 
I'll still be buying this, despite my gaming rig being a bit out of date.


 
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36. Re: No subject Feb 25, 2006, 13:04 Tango
 
Blue Shift was standalone. But yeah, interesting point.

 
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35. No subject Feb 25, 2006, 12:53 JaZeeL
 
So doesn't this kind of turn "Episode 1" into HL3? I can't think of many game expansions that have been standalone.

Not that I'm saying this game should be worthy of HL3 -- for 4-6 hours of playable content.

 
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34. Re: No subject Feb 25, 2006, 12:30 John
 
It is 20 bucks with deathmatch. Presumably, if you already have HL2 there will be a cheaper package.

And what if we don't want DM?

GW: Grad Mcgarth W/N Going to finish game before I start a new character me thinks
 
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33. Re: No subject Feb 25, 2006, 11:59 Tango
 
Well, dude, that's a shitload of cheese...
It depends what sort. Processed Kraft triangles, yeah it's a lot. High quality cheese for two cheese fans... not so much.

 
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32. Re: No subject Feb 25, 2006, 11:13 Semantics
 
from the article: ""For HL2: Episode 1 we're targeting four to six hours of new single player gaming plus HL2 DM and HL DM: Source for $19.99 - HL2 not required"

It is 20 bucks with deathmatch. Presumably, if you already have HL2 there will be a cheaper package.

 
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31. Re: No subject Feb 25, 2006, 10:35 Clone
 
Well, dude, that's a shitload of cheese...

 
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30. Re: No subject Feb 25, 2006, 09:12 MMORPGHoD
 
I guess we now know which link in the last Ep 1 thread listed the right price. They made it stand alone so they can charge more, even though anyone who would consider getting this would already have HL2. If you didn't buy HL2, you're not going to pay $20 for one 4-6 hour episode.

I wonder how much HD space is that steam preload folder is going to take up now.

 
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29. Re: No subject Feb 25, 2006, 09:04 Awesome Spume
 


So what you're saying is that he outwitted you.


It looks like you need some help with your reading too. He outwitted no one except you since you were stupid enough to buy into his specious argument. Then again if you are spending $20 on cheese in a week and spend a week playing a game designed for four hours of play, that is not surprising.


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28. Re: 4-6... right on the edge of Feb 25, 2006, 08:45 Wade
 
Aftermath was NEVER going to be a "full-featured" expansion in the first place.

Every single interview or report dealing with the game since it was mentioned last year indicated that it was going to be an shorter "episode" not a traditional "expansion".

The only thing that has changed since then has been the name.

Honestly, sometimes I wonder about the reading comprehension of you people.

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