Posted: May 23
-Still looks and feels like a Half-Life game/story.
-You finally find out which random security guard is Barney Calhoun. And it would seem that it was none of the Half-Life guards!
-Overloaded with easter eggs, especially near the beginning.
-HEV chargers are still operational despite the fact that you can't use them. I just found that amusing.Cons
-Has some really outlandish puzzles, even more-so than certain Valve puzzles could be. How was I supposed to know that pushing a barrel over two broken wires equals MAKING THE DYNAMITE EXPLODE?
-Easily the shortest entry in the Half-Life series, even shorter than Half-Life 2: Episode 1 (and I play games at a snail's pace).
-Not much new content in general when compared to Opposing Force. No new weapons, enemies, etc. I mean, there's a new character, so I guess that's something...
-The closest you get to a final boss is making sure the teleporter doesn't explode or whatever.
-There's a REALLY annoying bug where, if you die and respawn by clicking one of the mouse buttons, your weapon will constantly fire off until you click the mouse button again. I'm not sure if there's a fix for this or even if it's just me, but just be wary of that.Conclusion
Out of all of the entries in the Half-Life franchise, this is probably the least impactful. In fact, I'm willing to bet there have been mods for Half-Life that both continue the story in its own way and left more of an impact to the player. That being said though, this expansion isn't bad by any means. Just not quite as good as other games in the series.
If you want this game, I'd recommend buying one of the Half-Life complete packs if you don't have a large number of the other entries. You'll get the other entries and save money overall in the process.
Score rating: 7/10