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Half-Life 2: Episode One Review

Among the benefits of seeing behind-closed-doors sessions at E3 is the chance to see things long before the general public catches wind of what developers have in the pipeline. One of the prime examples this year was EA

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Before writing up the score for the expansion I first went back and reviewed the score I gave the original game. Since the sound effects have all remained the same for Episode 1, there was nothing on that front that stood apart from the original game. Even all of the explosions were recycled, or kept uniform depending on your point of view, but I didn

The controls are completely customizable and revolve around the standard W-A-S-D configuration for the keyboard. The mouse is used for your aiming, or you can play the keyboard jockey and discard the mouse altogether. Nothing has changed here so what worked before works just as well now. I do wish console developers would allow for most customized options in their games instead of giving us four different patterns that make less and less sense as you scroll through them.


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The gameplay for Episode 1 is a little tricky to get a solid grasp on because overall it feels very schizophrenic. One minute Gordon and Alyx sprint through zombie-infested sewers only to run smack dab into a series of elaborate physics puzzle deathtraps, and when they come out the other side they have to fend off another army of swarming enemies. The game feels like a short expansion pack because there

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Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).

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