Comments on: Half Life 2 /2008/01/28/half-life-2/ Spotlight's Game Reviews Thu, 16 Oct 2008 06:43:04 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.6.2 By: Jimmyd5 /2008/01/28/half-life-2/#comment-1360 Jimmyd5 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 19:23:14 +0000 /2008/01/28/half-life-2/#comment-1360 Sweet game... Gory? YES. Vulgar? Not too much. But what really pleased me was the complete absence of satanic content. But, because of the gore, i'd say 16+ …Also, there is a few S***’s, other then that the language is O.K., I guess, also i did exagerate on the gore a little, not to say there isn’t blood all over the place. Sweet game… Gory? YES. Vulgar? Not too much. But what really pleased me was the complete absence of satanic content. But, because of the gore, i’d say 16+

…Also, there is a few S***’s, other then that the language is O.K., I guess, also i did exagerate on the gore a little, not to say there isn’t blood all over the place.

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By: Kyle /2008/01/28/half-life-2/#comment-757 Kyle Sat, 10 May 2008 08:30:18 +0000 /2008/01/28/half-life-2/#comment-757 The game itself is superb - everything is fixed up to perfection. The only thing I found negative was the violence - which can be extremely excessive. The game itself is superb - everything is fixed up to perfection. The only thing I found negative was the violence - which can be extremely excessive.

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By: sauerfreak /2008/01/28/half-life-2/#comment-292 sauerfreak Wed, 05 Mar 2008 01:38:22 +0000 /2008/01/28/half-life-2/#comment-292 The best game ever made. The violence can be an issue, and Alyx does use somewhat heavy language at one point, but she is clearly upset for a good reason. Again, everything about the game shines. Even to today's standards, everything is still great. The best game ever made. The violence can be an issue, and Alyx does use somewhat heavy language at one point, but she is clearly upset for a good reason. Again, everything about the game shines. Even to today’s standards, everything is still great.

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By: Cameron Nutter /2008/01/28/half-life-2/#comment-44 Cameron Nutter Tue, 12 Feb 2008 21:16:56 +0000 /2008/01/28/half-life-2/#comment-44 Here is My review of the Xbox version of <strong>Half Life 2</strong> Violence: Easily the worst aspect in the entire game. Throughout the beginning of the game, yo don't see too much gore, but there is definitely blood. Whenever you kill a combine, their blood sprays on the wall, or on the ground. At about the half-way point of the game, you end up at a place called “RavenHolm” which is a very unwelcoming place. There, you see zombies chopped in half, with their blood dripping. One is even razored to the wall. A pair of legs are hung from a tree. It can get very bad. Though some of it is not totally realistic, it can still make you want to throw up sometimes. No option to turn the blood off it available. Language: Not awful, but certainly not clean either. D---, A--, Ba-----, H---, and S--- make their way into the game, some more than others. Though not in the game too much, they are still there. Once or twice throughout the game Gods name is taken is vain. Towards the end of the game, Barney implies saying a word but it cut off by the sound of a ship overhead. “Hey Gordan! When you see Breen, tell him I said F--- you!” Again, you cannot hear him say the word. There is no option to turn off the language. Sexual Content: Virtually, none! Luckily, there is hardly a single comment on the subject. The only thing that comes close to sexual related things is where Alex's dad is picking on her by saying that "Gordon can't handle her!", which of course, could be taken the wrong way, or not. Spiritual Content: Raven Holm is as close it gets to any type of spiritual content, because the “Father” quotes lots of bible saying, implying that he is a man of God. Graphics: This aspect of the game is where it really sets itself apart from the PC version. First and foremost, let me say this: There are way too many loading points in this game. Literally, in some parts of the game you will load for 15 seconds, play for 20 and then load again. That fact can easily turn you off from a loud and fun copter chase when its interrupted by a loading screen. Now on the the graphics. Through the port to the Xbox, they had to take out a lot of the smooth textures, along with the shadows (though not totally gone, kinda lame). The only thing, really, that survived the port was the facial expressions. They look just as good as ever, as would be expected since that was the best part of the PC version. There is also quite a bit of slowdown in the game, especially when you are fighting in larger areas. Though compared to any other Xbox game, Half-Life 2 dominates, blowing all other competition out of the water. Nothing can compare (Xbox wise) to this game graphically on the Xbox, but its PC counterpart is worlds ahead. Controls: As expected, we have the Dual Analog going, but unexpectedly, the controls at some points in the game are really terrible. The water boats controls were just plain awful and the “Buggie's" controls were almost as bad. When you were on foot, controls felt normal, its just vehicles were controlled very poorly. There is an option to adjust the controllers sensitivity. Sound: While this game has the same in-game music as the PC version, something is missing. It might be the annoying sound system where you have to be looking directly at the person who is talking to you to actually hear them, and if you are not then you cant hear them at all. Also, usually PC speakers just sound much better than normal TV speakers. I imagine that if you had surround sound in your living room, it would sound much better, but still, theres that little something missing from the soundtrack. Well, looking at this game as an Xbox game, it is superb. Great and fun to play, but it just has some problems with controll and framerate. Now, compared to its brother on the PC, its a waste of disk space. Lower graphics, lower sound quality, lower everything. So basically is you don't have access to the PC version, this is the next best step. But if your choice's are either, please, PLEASE play the PC version. My Ratings: <b>Overall Rating:</b> 3 of 5 <b> Rating:</b> 2 of 5 (poor) <b>Gameplay:</b> 3 of 5 (average) <b>Violence:</b> 2 of 5 (heavy) <b>Adult Content:</b> 3 of 5 (mild) Here is My review of the Xbox version of Half Life 2

Violence:
Easily the worst aspect in the entire game. Throughout the beginning of the game, yo don’t see too much gore, but there is definitely blood. Whenever you kill a combine, their blood sprays on the wall, or on the ground. At about the half-way point of the game, you end up at a place called “RavenHolm” which is a very unwelcoming place. There, you see zombies chopped in half, with their blood dripping. One is even razored to the wall. A pair of legs are hung from a tree. It can get very bad. Though some of it is not totally realistic, it can still make you want to throw up sometimes. No option to turn the blood off it available.

Language:
Not awful, but certainly not clean either. D—, A–, Ba—–, H—, and S— make their way into the game, some more than others. Though not in the game too much, they are still there. Once or twice throughout the game Gods name is taken is vain. Towards the end of the game, Barney implies saying a word but it cut off by the sound of a ship overhead. “Hey Gordan! When you see Breen, tell him I said F— you!” Again, you cannot hear him say the word. There is no option to turn off the language.

Sexual Content:
Virtually, none! Luckily, there is hardly a single comment on the subject. The only thing that comes close to sexual related things is where Alex’s dad is picking on her by saying that “Gordon can’t handle her!”, which of course, could be taken the wrong way, or not.

Spiritual Content:
Raven Holm is as close it gets to any type of spiritual content, because the “Father” quotes lots of bible saying, implying that he is a man of God.

Graphics:
This aspect of the game is where it really sets itself apart from the PC version. First and foremost, let me say this: There are way too many loading points in this game. Literally, in some parts of the game you will load for 15 seconds, play for 20 and then load again. That fact can easily turn you off from a loud and fun copter chase when its interrupted by a loading screen. Now on the the graphics. Through the port to the Xbox, they had to take out a lot of the smooth textures, along with the shadows (though not totally gone, kinda lame). The only thing, really, that survived the port was the facial expressions. They look just as good as ever, as would be expected since that was the best part of the PC version. There is also quite a bit of slowdown in the game, especially when you are fighting in larger areas. Though compared to any other Xbox game, Half-Life 2 dominates, blowing all other competition out of the water. Nothing can compare (Xbox wise) to this game graphically on the Xbox, but its PC counterpart is worlds ahead.

Controls:
As expected, we have the Dual Analog going, but unexpectedly, the controls at some points in the game are really terrible. The water boats controls were just plain awful and the “Buggie’s” controls were almost as bad. When you were on foot, controls felt normal, its just vehicles were controlled very poorly. There is an option to adjust the controllers sensitivity.

Sound:
While this game has the same in-game music as the PC version, something is missing. It might be the annoying sound system where you have to be looking directly at the person who is talking to you to actually hear them, and if you are not then you cant hear them at all. Also, usually PC speakers just sound much better than normal TV speakers. I imagine that if you had surround sound in your living room, it would sound much better, but still, theres that little something missing from the soundtrack.

Well, looking at this game as an Xbox game, it is superb. Great and fun to play, but it just has some problems with controll and framerate. Now, compared to its brother on the PC, its a waste of disk space. Lower graphics, lower sound quality, lower everything. So basically is you don’t have access to the PC version, this is the next best step. But if your choice’s are either, please, PLEASE play the PC version.

My Ratings:
Overall Rating: 3 of 5
Rating: 2 of 5 (poor)
Gameplay: 3 of 5 (average)
Violence: 2 of 5 (heavy)
Adult Content: 3 of 5 (mild)

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By: Colonel Link /2008/01/28/half-life-2/#comment-19 Colonel Link Fri, 08 Feb 2008 21:46:55 +0000 /2008/01/28/half-life-2/#comment-19 One thing the reviewer forgot to mention: Although it is very violent, and decently bloody (but by no means overdone, it's actually not very realistic) there is an option to turn off the blood. While it isn't a built in option like in the first one, it is quite simple: First off, go to your HL2 shortcut (or right click in steam, choose properties, launch options) and add -console (in the target section of the icon, or just in the launch options window in steam). You can now call up the console with the ~ button. Start up the game, and input these commands into the console: violence_ablood 0 (alien blood) violence_agibs 0 (alien gore) violence_hblood 0 (human blood) violence_hgibs 0 (human gore) One thing the reviewer forgot to mention: Although it is very violent, and decently bloody (but by no means overdone, it’s actually not very realistic) there is an option to turn off the blood. While it isn’t a built in option like in the first one, it is quite simple:
First off, go to your HL2 shortcut (or right click in steam, choose properties, launch options) and add -console (in the target section of the icon, or just in the launch options window in steam). You can now call up the console with the ~ button.
Start up the game, and input these commands into the console:
violence_ablood 0 (alien blood)
violence_agibs 0 (alien gore)
violence_hblood 0 (human blood)
violence_hgibs 0 (human gore)

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