Going back to HL2 after FEAR felt awful.I'm one of those people who liked FEAR, but didn't think it was that revolutionary (it certainly didn't "blow by the bar HL2 set"). It did a few things better than HL2 (AI, graphics) but pretty much everything else was equal or worse. Maybe that clouds my opinion, but I've replayed HL2 after playing FEAR, and I still like HL2 better. I really doubt I'll replay FEAR, but I've already played through HL2 twice, and I doubt it'll be my last replay of it. Good AI isn't the only (or even necessarily the biggest) factor in a good FPS. Then again, I'm one of the few who didn't think the AI in HL2 was bad - you'd think I'd notice that playing through the entire game twice. Who knows, maybe I have low expectations.
I don’t understand that statement, they made one fucking game –a great game to be sure -- and its sequel, and are hugely famous for a mod that a fan made.It's not really that hard to understand: Valve made HL, HL2, bought and heavily updated CS, made CS:S, bought and updated DoD, made DoD:S and bought and updated TF. Each of those things was done very successfully, therefore the statement I made is perfectly valid. Regardless of your obvious dislike of Valve their products have always received very good reviews and I have most certainly enjoyed them. I have no problem with you disliking Valve or their games, however that does NOT invalidate my point.
Valve has always produced top notch gaming, in my opinion and that of most reviewers and gamers, so why is everyone predicting that this will suddenly be their downfall?
How exactly do you know they havent? Episode 1 for both HL2 and SiN has taken 6 months longer than originally expected. You can guarantee there is overlap of development from 1 episode to the next, which is obvious from the "teaser" of Ep2 shown at the end of SiN. Do not dilute yourself to think that Valve or Ritual tell the public everything they are working on and when.
Episode One is the first in a trilogy of episodes that will conclude by Christmas of 2007.
Also included in Episode One is a first look at Episode Two, which will ship by year's end.
Sorry to disappoint you... From the same PC Gamer article : "The G-man's tiny role in Ep1 leaves him as enigmatic as ever."I hadn't seen about that... it's a bit disappointing actually. It was nice how vague HL2 was in some ways but I'm hoping that Ep1 actually has some serious plot progression - they can't keep dragging it out in the vague manner they have. Unless they actually develop the plot considerably I'll just skip Ep2.
I paid my 17.95 for it already, and I'm hoping it will be worth it. If not, I will be bitching about it as much as possible, and I won't buy the second episode. But I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for the first one.That's exactly my philosophy.