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The 100 Greatest Games | 15 | Half-Life 2

YEAR: 2004     FORMAT: PC

The 100 Greatest Games | 15 | Half-Life 2


How can you sum up the charms of Half-Life 2 in less than 100 words? Maybe it was the stunning use of virtual physics we loved most, allowing players to toss enemies around like ragdolls and creating one of the most convincing digital worlds ever seen? Or perhaps it was the oppressive and relentlessly grim atmosphere that was most memorable, the dystopian tale punctuated by moments of extreme terror when you're trapped in an alley by rampaging, brain-ravaged zombies. To be frank, though, it was probably the hardcore gunplay and extreme violence that charmed most gaming gorehounds, the raw and relentless action making Half-Life 2 an impossible title to put down until you'd blasted the last Combine soldier into oblivion. Whatever your reason, one thing's for sure: Half Life 2 rocked. Hard.

Memorable for...
Ravenholm. Arguably the game's high point, the eerie, mutant-infested town was a chilling change of pace and veered close to survival horror territory with its sense of creeping dread. Worst of all? The horrific black headcrabs: not only poisonous but a bugger to kill as well.

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