xinyo Sep 18, 2012 @ 7:22am
The end
After that much fight with Hunters and Striders, the rocket finally lauched.
I didnt expect to watch our hopeless old friend just die but couldnt do anything. The cold, pain and lassitude from last battle just surrounded me, which make me feel like i am so useless.
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Grave Robber Oct 29, 2012 @ 2:37am 
And THAT, is why we need an Episode Three
smash Nov 2, 2012 @ 6:32pm 
Arrrrgghh! I can't wait any longer!
_GoldSrc_ Dec 6, 2012 @ 11:03pm 
those spoliers man, there's still people that haven't finished the game.
but yeah i nearly cried when i saw Eli getting killed ,
damn Advisors, they will pay don't worry.
Fatikis Dec 7, 2012 @ 7:20am 
The game is 5 years old and the thread is labeled 'The end'
I think it is safe to say that if you went to the Half Life 2 EP2 forum and then clicked on a thread named 'The end' when you had not finished EP2 you deserve to have the game spoiled.

But yes huge emotional impact. You are the man who is forced to save the world but are helpless to save those closest to you.

I'm unsure how gameplay will work in the next game. How can they make you feel useless but also give you a chance to win if directly facing an Advisor? They could completely avoid direct confrontation with an Advisor and have you kill them through some alternative means but that would be incredibly dull.

They could make you immune to the Advisor's telepathy but that too seems like a cop-out.

And what do they do with Alyx? She is supposed to be with you. Do they create a reason for her to be absent? That too seems too seems like an easy way to not have to directly deal with the Alyx problem. And lets face it Alyx is the only player emotional connection that exists. Without her the only real emotion they could pull off it fear.

Doing what they did in EP2 creates so many problems. It either forces Valve to create entirely new gameplay mechanics or to be only a mediocre game. And now the time difference is against them too. They not only have to create these new mechanics but they have to make the story of the next game self contained. It has to make sense so someone who has never touched another HL game.

These are some of the problems Valve faces and frankly I doubt their ability to pull it off.

I mean they can make a game that is ok. They can choose to ignore the need for a new gameplay mechanic. They can say 'oh Gordon got a suit upgrade and now is immune to the advisors'. They can simply retell part of EP2. They can either drop Alyx somewhere or make Alyx's actions predictable. And there are 100 more smaller and yet equally important issues that I have left out if the next HL is going to be great instead of good.

Good would have worked for EP3. Anything short of amazing will be seen as failure for HL3.
Mclochnessmonster Dec 7, 2012 @ 4:23pm 
Any idea if an episode 3/HL3 is actually going to happen? I get mixed reviews every time.
Alex Dec 7, 2012 @ 4:37pm 
Definitely going to happen, it's been confirmed to be in development.
Fatikis Dec 7, 2012 @ 5:57pm 
It will happen eventually. I'm actually watching the terrible VGA's wishing there would be a HL3 announcement but I find it very unlikely.
Some Loser Dec 27, 2012 @ 6:29am 
Originally posted by Fatikis:
The game is 5 years old and the thread is labeled 'The end'
I think it is safe to say that if you went to the Half Life 2 EP2 forum and then clicked on a thread named 'The end' when you had not finished EP2 you deserve to have the game spoiled.

But yes huge emotional impact. You are the man who is forced to save the world but are helpless to save those closest to you.

I'm unsure how gameplay will work in the next game. How can they make you feel useless but also give you a chance to win if directly facing an Advisor? They could completely avoid direct confrontation with an Advisor and have you kill them through some alternative means but that would be incredibly dull.

They could make you immune to the Advisor's telepathy but that too seems like a cop-out.

And what do they do with Alyx? She is supposed to be with you. Do they create a reason for her to be absent? That too seems too seems like an easy way to not have to directly deal with the Alyx problem. And lets face it Alyx is the only player emotional connection that exists. Without her the only real emotion they could pull off it fear.

Doing what they did in EP2 creates so many problems. It either forces Valve to create entirely new gameplay mechanics or to be only a mediocre game. And now the time difference is against them too. They not only have to create these new mechanics but they have to make the story of the next game self contained. It has to make sense so someone who has never touched another HL game.

These are some of the problems Valve faces and frankly I doubt their ability to pull it off.

I mean they can make a game that is ok. They can choose to ignore the need for a new gameplay mechanic. They can say 'oh Gordon got a suit upgrade and now is immune to the advisors'. They can simply retell part of EP2. They can either drop Alyx somewhere or make Alyx's actions predictable. And there are 100 more smaller and yet equally important issues that I have left out if the next HL is going to be great instead of good.

Good would have worked for EP3. Anything short of amazing will be seen as failure for HL3.

And now you know why its taking so long for Half-Life 3.
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