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« on: November 15, 2004, 08:06:48 PM »

Gamespy - first impressions
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/half-life-2/566212p1.html

Gamespot - 9.2
http://www.gamespot.com/pc/action/halflife2/review.html

IGN - 9.7
http://pc.ign.com/articles/566/566202p1.html
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2004, 08:19:04 PM »

I'm surprised...I expected slightly higher especially compared to some of the recent console titles that have come out and their scores.
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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2004, 08:30:17 PM »

I will judge for myself when I play it starting tomorrow, but the gamespot review has some disappointing points I don't like at all:

AI is lacking, story isn't very good, the game is easy, and the length is only 15-20 hours long.

Shocking!  Yet, gamespot did give it the same score as FarCry.  FarCry is my favorite FPS, so I have some hope for HL2.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2004, 08:42:35 PM »

Gamespy's the only review that matters to me, though I have a feeling they'll be giving it the ambiguous five-stars.

Honestly, I'm more excited about Bloodlines than Half-Life 2.
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2004, 08:44:20 PM »

I'm hoping that those 'disappointing' aspects like story and AI are disappointing in comparison with the best imagined theoretical wonderful versions, and not in comparison to, say, Far Cry.  As a college student myself, I'm all for grading it on the curve instead.
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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2004, 08:53:37 PM »

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Honestly, I'm more excited about Bloodlines than Half-Life 2.


Ditto. Bloodlines will be a day one buy.

Granted, I'm sure I'll get HL2, but I'm just not feeling the vibes for a pure shooter right now.
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« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2004, 08:58:16 PM »

Story and AI are disappointing?!?!?!

oh crap. Maybe the Pc Gamer review was a little over the top and this game really isn't the second coming after all...  :?
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« Reply #7 on: November 15, 2004, 09:00:31 PM »

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Story and AI are disappointing?!?!?!


that's according to Gamespot...read the IGN review and you get a totally different opinion.  yet another example of how you reviews should always be taken with a grain of salt...
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« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2004, 09:03:42 PM »

Their half-life review also says that the story sucked.  And it did.  The atmosphere, presentation and pacing were great.
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« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2004, 09:20:35 PM »

What I really want to know is how will the performance be on my PC.  

I hope HL2 captures the beauty, freedom, and intensity of FarCry.  IMO, FarCry is the FPS game to compare to.
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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2004, 09:42:12 PM »

I'm disappointed Ocampo said the game wasn't groundbreaking. Of course, after he gave Dominions 2 a 6.2 I really don't trust his reviews.
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« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2004, 10:00:52 PM »

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Honestly, I'm more excited about Bloodlines than Half-Life 2.


Ditto. Bloodlines will be a day one buy.

Granted, I'm sure I'll get HL2, but I'm just not feeling the vibes for a pure shooter right now.
They're both on pre-order for me.  biggrin
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« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2004, 10:02:43 PM »

I am very excited about Bloodlines as well and will be picking it up tomorrow.
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« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2004, 10:50:25 PM »

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I am very excited about Bloodlines as well and will be picking it up tomorrow.


Huh?  Bloodlines is out tomorrow?
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« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2004, 11:02:25 PM »

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I am very excited about Bloodlines as well and will be picking it up tomorrow.


Huh?  Bloodlines is out tomorrow?

Yep
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« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2004, 11:24:14 PM »

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Their half-life review also says that the story sucked.  And it did.  The atmosphere, presentation and pacing were great.

The story was great (for a fps of course) prior to the alien levels which were annoying as hell.
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« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2004, 12:08:11 AM »

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I am very excited about Bloodlines as well and will be picking it up tomorrow.


Huh?  Bloodlines is out tomorrow?

Yep


That's the best news I've heard all day.  I knew I'd find something good in this thread.
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« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2004, 01:24:22 AM »

I'm just waiting for the call.  It's a shame bloodlines doesn't have multiplayer though...Vampire: Masquerade - Redemption (yes I mangled the name) had a great multiplayer mode only hampered by its complexity.  Heck..I believe there still is a mod community for it today
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« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2004, 01:34:16 AM »

I just got back and am reading the reviews-any reviews for Vampire out yet?
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« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2004, 03:31:37 AM »

Bloodlines ships tomorrow, but I doubt too many will see it in stores until Wednesday.
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« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2004, 04:26:38 AM »

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AI is lacking, story isn't very good, the game is easy, and the length is only 15-20 hours long


The AI for your team mates sometimes will block you in corridors (fixable) but in gunfights they perform splendid. The enemy AI is VERY good. The story leaves you hanging (just liek HALO 2 did and I loved the story so I disagree with the reviewer) and that is to be expected since Gabe said that there will be a Half-Life 3.  

The game is easy? Relative and depends on difficulty setting.

15-20 hours long? That is a long time for a FPS. The original Half-Life i beat in less time. Halo 2 I beat in half the time. I love the experience and the game. 15-20 hours IS a long time for the genre.

I knew the story would end leaving you wanting more. That is the point and I like it because I know that a sequel is coming to complete the franchise at some point.
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« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2004, 04:29:45 AM »

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AI is lacking, story isn't very good, the game is easy, and the length is only 15-20 hours long


The AI for your team mates sometimes will block you in corridors (fixable) but in gunfights they perform splendid. The enemy AI is VERY good. The story leaves you hanging (just liek HALO 2 did and I loved the story so I disagree with the reviewer) and that is to be expected since Gabe said that there will be a Half-Life 3.  

The game is easy? Relative and depends on difficulty setting.

15-20 hours long? That is a long time for a FPS. The original Half-Life i beat in less time. Halo 2 I beat in half the time. I love the experience and the game. 15-20 hours IS a long time for the genre.

I knew the story would end leaving you wanting more. That is the point and I like it because I know that a sequel is coming to complete the franchise at some point.

And you know all this because....?
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« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2004, 04:37:11 AM »

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Bloodlines ships tomorrow, but I doubt too many will see it in stores until Wednesday.


Gamestop claims it shipped today...

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ETA: 11/15/04


If not, well then maybe I will swing on over to Best Buy and see if they have it out early as well...  biggrin
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« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2004, 04:41:37 AM »

Blah...we need a chat room. I don't mean the former GG IRC chatroom either *shudders* Terrible, terrible place that was.

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« Reply #24 on: November 16, 2004, 04:58:09 AM »

I feel bad for you folks looking forward to Bloodlines... I haven't heard one good word about it.

FYI - It's doing so 'well' Troika is about 2 steps away from closing their doors.
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« Reply #25 on: November 16, 2004, 05:02:50 AM »

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I feel bad for you folks looking forward to Bloodlines... I haven't heard one good word about it.


I've heard plenty of good words about it. Knightshade Dragon's words for starters.

Besides, you didn't like Halo 2, which I love, so I kinda hafta take your thoughts with a grain of salt.

And how can you make a judgement about how well it's doing, when it hasn't even been released yet?
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« Reply #26 on: November 16, 2004, 05:08:21 AM »

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I feel bad for you folks looking forward to Bloodlines... I haven't heard one good word about it.

FYI - It's doing so 'well' Troika is about 2 steps away from closing their doors.
A few points:

1.)  I haven't heard one bad word about it.  Unless you've only asked your bowels for its thoughts on Vampire, I find your first point hard to believe.

2.)  The game's not even been released yet.  It can't do "well," sarcastically or not, until it can be purchased.

With three* posts and utterly baseless claims, it's hard to resist stamping TROLL on your forehead.

*Oh, pardon me, four posts.  You're 33% more qualified than I thought you were.  Unfortunately this still leaves your credibility at 0.
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« Reply #27 on: November 16, 2004, 06:15:07 AM »

So why feed the f*cking troll?

That's what I don't get.
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« Reply #28 on: November 16, 2004, 07:55:40 AM »

word.
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« Reply #29 on: November 16, 2004, 08:02:38 AM »

There are impressions from the warez version of Bloodlines on the gamefaqs board, and some other places.

My EB said they ought to have Bloodlines tomorrow.

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« Reply #30 on: November 16, 2004, 08:04:01 AM »

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So why feed the f*cking troll?

That's what I don't get.
Pre HL2-release fun.
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« Reply #31 on: November 17, 2004, 04:47:35 PM »

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Gamespy's the only review that matters to me, though I have a feeling they'll be giving it the ambiguous five-stars.


Just curious, but why do you regard GSpy's review's so highly? They're typically short and usually lack depth. I much prefer something like AVault's typical review.

Back to HL2, Bill loves it; says the story is fantastic.
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