My two cents, you'l get them for free.
Great game I'l give it a ruff 7.5. (out of 10)not an 8 cause of the loading of two shells at once in the shotgun as well as the spread of the shotgun. not to mention the insane amount of gibbing. This I fixed in about two hours modding the weapon definitions, the shotgun loads one shell at the time, the spread is narrowed down to about three times that of a real life 12gauge. and regular guns cannot gib, rocket launcher,grenade, plasma, etc. gibs like they should.
Also a great game I'l give it a 7, because of X|steamX|
the sqaud AI, keeps following into rooms and blocking my movement, but it has huge events IMO, going thru the court yard defenses of Nova prospekt with two gunships is something I almost have to play several times, just for the fun of it. as well as the striders during the last parts of the game. in over all, a well polished game with very fun to watch scripted seqeunces, (D.O.G) but in essence it's just another well made run the rail that is the story line type of game. the only new game mechanic implemented with HL2 is the gravity gun. (witch seems to dumbed down also from the early vids.)
sadly I have given up on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. but looks forward with anticipation to FEAR.
the only true game of last year was GTA San Andreas.
the game reciveing the highest score ever from me is
Thief 2 with the reigning score of 8.5.
in other words theres never been made a game to get the 10.
Yes, I abuse grammar by opening my mouth.