1998. HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling.
NOW. By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around them, from the physical environment to the behaviors even the emotions of both friends and enemies.
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Originally played in 2007 or so.
Most of the core concepts of Half-Life 2 remain solid today but several of its features have not aged well. Most notably, the physics puzzles are just not as fun as they were when they were a novel concept and the difficulty just changes how much of a bullet sponge you and the enemies are which can make some segments quite frustrating on hard.
Nonetheless, it is a wonderful game and is definitely worth playing.