Publicada: 22 de maio
Episode 1 is the nice, short and sweet sequel to Half Life 2 that essentially more or less gives us answers as to the sudden and very cliffhanger-esque conclusion of the second game in the Half Life series. Besides perhaps some extra technical updages and level design not much new is seen in this sequel, however even when recycling their assets Valve managed to deliver in terms of story and fun gameplay, giving us another round with the overpowered uber gravity gun that marked the highlight of the game's finale as well as throw in some extra suspense.
One thing I will mention is how much I liked the short, episodic way they unveiled this 'sequel' of sorts. It gave a relatively inexpensive means to continue the story without putting a lot of stress on the dev teams who likely also had other things to do. Like the original Portal, it was short enough to be almost considered an intern project, but well developed enough that it had the nice spit and polish of a fully professionally-made triple A title (back when the term didn't just restrict to game price and graphic output and actually referred to the quality of the overall game). In a way it's kind of like seeing an expansion pack of sorts to the original, and I like that.
Not much else to say. If you were a fan of Half Life 2 and don't own this one yet (which I don't know why) it is definitely worth purchasing along with the next one.