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Half-Life 2 Awarded Game Of The Decade

Kotaku - Half-Life 2 was selected "Game of the Decade" at the 2012 Video Game Awards. (Half-Life 2, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

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NoobJobz  +   844d ago
I was expecting an announcement when that big group of people came out to accept the award. Anyways, congratulations on a great game.
-Mezzo-  +   844d ago
Same here. I though they'll walk of the stage with an announcement or at least a hint of Episode 3.

But nothing. This is getting pretty annoying VALVE.
Jinkies  +   844d ago
I thought the SAME thing, honestly all those people flew out there, Gabe himself and nothing

I was thinking "Maybe this is what Geoff was teasing...old school gamers would enjoy"

I mean Gabe didn't even say anything...jesus christ valve this would of been a great time to announce it, why would you send so many people to accept it.
Septic  +   843d ago
Yeah Half Life 2 was amazing so I have no problem with it being voted GOTD but it's just taking too long for episode 3. All the emotions left over from the last episode have dissipated for me...I'd have to play through them again to feel that again.

Fair enough they want to make a game when it's ready but why release the game in episodes and leave it at a cliff hanger? It's annoying really. Will the next game, if it ever comes out, be Episode 3 or Half Life 3?

Still, I am quite excited for a next gen iteration of Half Life. Valve really is in a class of its own with the franchise and to be honest, judging from the sheer quality of the previous games, fan expectations are going to be extremely high for the next one so there is enormous pressure on them. I doubt that mind blowing visuals alone will suffice. Half Life 2 had its physics and the gravity gun (amongst other things of course) so Half Life 3 might need something special beyond the obvious.
ABizzel1  +   843d ago
I think this award needs to be thought through next time. The nominees weren't all game of the decade material, but regardless Half Life 2 was the most likely and deserving winner in they eyes of many.

However, they should have the award for game of the generation, not game of the decade.

I LOL how the announcer said "Coming to the stage Gabe Newell. And 16 members of valve." As if they have no names. Then I was pissed there was no Half-Life Episode 3 hint, trailer, or anything.
EVILDEAD360  +   843d ago
C'mon that wasnt the forum for an H3 announcement.let the team enjoy the moment.

I agree 100% that H2 was an absolutely amazing game. Literally the last major gaming campaign I played on PC.

I remember saying I wished this could come to console. Then we got blessed with Orange Box and my dreams came true.

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BattleAxe  +   843d ago
I've played and beat Half Life 2, and I played an hour or so of Episode 1, and I still don't get why some people think this game is so great. The game felt lifeless and boring to me. I kept hearing about the "story telling" and how great it was, but there is almost no story telling. The main protagonist doesn't even talk.

The only reason why I pushed myself to finish the game was because of a friend of mine who kept telling me how great the game was, but it just never appealed to me. So at the very least I can say that I beat the game. I think that either Uncharted 2, GTA3, CoD4 or Mass Effect 2 would have been my choices.
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Jason143  +   843d ago
same lol I was like omg here it comes 8 qore cpu requirement and nothing lol
kneon  +   843d ago

Well you got further than I did. I got all the half life games on some Steam sale a couple years ago and have never managed to finish HL1. It's just too boring, I don't get the appeal. It sounds like HL2 is much the same.
TheRealSpy  +   843d ago
"The main protagonist doesn't even talk. "

lol! This is like complaining that the book you're reading doesn't have any pictures.

Half Life 2 is definitely my choice for GOTD as well. Probably my favorite game of all time. Although StarCraft would definitely be in the running.
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showtimefolks  +   844d ago
very well deserved, maybe it was just me but VGA over the last 2 years have really improved and are now more about gamers. i thought the show was good maybe we could have used more world premiers.

but i am guessing everything is on hold till E3 when both sony and ms will announce their next systems

it would have been so crazy/awesomenesss if Valve announced HL3 on the stage right there and than.

i don't know if it will ever happen but hopefully HL3 will launch on ps4,xbox720 and pc. if you remember when HL 1 came out it was really high tech compare to games of that time graphics wise. so maybe Valve wants to set the standard again since they are doing a new engine too.

but maybe its just wishful thinking from a HalfLife fan
Hellsvacancy  +   843d ago
Watching the VGA was awful, I hated it, I like Samual Jackson, not that much though, he was too over the top, Snoop Lion? wtf. They shown same adverts every ten mins

The show ended for me after Dark Souls 2 was announced, I didnt know that until the end though

If Amercan TV is anything like the VGAs I understand why so many people go round the bend over there (done condone it)
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ape007  +   843d ago
what about GTA, Resi 4 and Mario Galaxy
Awesome_Gamer  +   844d ago
BuLLDoG909  +   843d ago
if the whole audience started cheering and chanting GABE!, GABE!, GABE!, GABE!, and didnt stop to let anyone talk, maybe he would of overlooked all the fat jokes and grabbed the mic and let something spill on HF3... probably not though haha

and to hell with ep.3, HL3 after all this time or dont make anything... 30e for 4 hours of gameplay.... yeah right, give us a full game.. although with walking dead winning we might be seeing awhole lot more episodic content from now on..
spicelicka  +   843d ago
i wanted half life 3!! I thought for sure when G-man showed up on the screen that there would be some surprise:(
legionsoup  +   843d ago
I can live with Half-Life 2 winning, but where was Resident Evil 4? Mario Galaxy (1 or 2)? Uncharted 2/3? God of War? Gears of War? Halo? Metal Gear Solid 3/4? Elder Scrolls?

The Zelda game they picked was Wind Waker?

And with Wii Sports making the list, they may as well have had Angry Birds on there.
ATi_Elite  +   843d ago
Half Life 2 is also quit possibly the GREATEST game ever made!

You have a million and one WoW Clones and some are just as good as WoW minus the 10 million gamers but nothing comes even close to Half Life 2!

I still run through HL2 at least once a month cause it's just PERFECT!
WrAiTh Sp3cTr3  +   844d ago
Wow, really?
kwyjibo  +   844d ago | Funny
No, WOW was runner up.
ThatHappyGamer  +   844d ago
Kudos to the reply. Bubbles. :)
jujubee88  +   843d ago
On word:

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majiebeast  +   844d ago
For me it was between Shadows and Halflife 2 for me. Ravenholm still gives me the creeps.
chukamachine  +   843d ago
Best part of the game, ravenholm. Those little spiders type things and the creatures climbing up the drainpipes.

A great game, but bioshock is great as well.
vishant101  +   844d ago
I personally voted for bioshock but im glad that half life 2 won both were very good games
Bumpmapping  +   844d ago
Great game pushed the boundaries of story telling and graphics for its time still one of my top games.
League_of_Draven  +   844d ago
So another overrated game gets an award from an award show that means jack shit compared to every other place that gives awards? Shock & awe.
Boysangur  +   844d ago
Every other place gave Half-Life 2 an award too so...
bayonetta  +   844d ago
Thought they will say something about Half Life 3 -_-"
Pandamobile  +   843d ago
Lol, as if Valve would mention HL3 at the VGAs of all places.
turgore  +   844d ago
Every real gamer knows that Deus Ex is the best game of the decade.
FarCryLover182  +   844d ago
Which Deus Ex? If you are referring to Deus Ex 1, that came out in 2000...so not technically in this "decade" of VGAs.
NoobJobz  +   844d ago
What about us fake gamers?
Boysangur  +   844d ago
Will I be a real gamer some day and know too?
Rivitur  +   844d ago
So now I await the recap of all the Valve staff on stage to see any messages from them... maybe a hand gesture? (screws on tinfoil hat)
crazyturkey  +   844d ago
I would have gone with either Wind Waker or Shadow of the colossus. The Wind Waker because, I hated the art style right off the bat, but when I played it I was amazed. Beautiful music, gameplay, and of course great story. Shadow of the colossus, what can I say about it, that hasn't been said before. Just amazing. Half life 2 I played it and it was great, Story wise, but I guess it didn't awe me like the other two did, not a bad choice though, if only they would at least announce the sequel already.
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WeAreLegion  +   844d ago
Definitely deserved.

My personal GOTD was Shadow of the Colossus, however. :)
Hicken  +   843d ago
Either that or Journey for me. I don't care that Journey is new; no game has ever given me the experience Journey has. And the only game that comes CLOSE to the same level of impact is Shadow of the Colossus.

Oh, well.
teh pc centric devs? They should also get online game service of the decade. Hands down..
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dkgshiz  +   844d ago
If they don't tell us anything at all on whats going on with Half-life Episode 3 or Half-life 3 the series will become irrelevant. I don't even remember what really happened at the the end of Episode 2. Something to do with a boat I believe.
mynameisEvil  +   843d ago
Well, to everyone about to read this who hasn't beaten HL2: Episode 2, skip this damn comment.

So, yeah, while you're trying to leave for that frozen-ass ship, the Borealis, Eli Vance becomes Deady McDeaderson, Alyx sobs, screen goes black, everybody is left in "WTF?!?!" mode for presumably around a decade. Yaaaaaaaaaaay.
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Norrison  +   844d ago
Totally deserved, this game had such an impact in gaming and it was a totally innovative game just like its prequel, this is a must buy for every PC gamer and you can pretty much get the orange box on a steam sale for 5$ which brings half life 2 and all its episodes.
TXIDarkAvenger  +   844d ago
GabeN didn't even say anything while he was up there.
Zodiac  +   844d ago
ThichQuangDuck  +   844d ago
Shadow of the Colossus is mine personally and wish people did not just vote for Half Life 2 for 3 details. Half Life 2 was great but game of the decade I dont know
2pacalypsenow  +   844d ago
Out of all those games that have been out since 2002 that's the best?
Pandamobile  +   843d ago
Yes. I dare you to try to name a better single player FPS game than Half-Life 2.
Megaplaynate  +   843d ago
chak_  +   843d ago
Stalker this decade.

Otherwise Deus Ex, System shock 2 also. Thief for some.
Deku-Johnny  +   843d ago
Seriously who the hell decides these things? It's one of the worst games I have ever played.
mynameisEvil  +   843d ago
Yeah, no, I can understand it not clicking for you. Hell, it didn't click for me until earlier this year. But I've never once thought it was a bad game and your stating that it is leaves everyone else questioning your taste in video games.
ape007  +   843d ago
lol you're something else
josephayal  +   843d ago
another Joke
Half-Life 2 is overrated, people only like it for the graphics and because it was made by Valve
Rivitur  +   843d ago
I was 10 when I played HL2 and had no idea who valve was or even cared but HL2 was freaking amazing.
Picnic  +   843d ago
Part of me says that's fine because I like the Route Kanal and the whole Ravenholme and surroundings bits.

But then I realise that Ravenholme wasn't really a new idea itself. I mean, I played a level with that creepy feel in Conker's Bad Fur Day. And a whole game of it in Silent Hill 3. And the PC often did this 'stuck in hell' idea from the likes of Quake.

And then I think how could you compare what Half Life 2 does to what Jet Set Radio Future or Paper Mario : The Thousand Year Door do? Or the small but perfectly formed charms of a game like Luigi's Mansion?

And what about Metroid Prime? OK, I'm more inclined to return to other games because of the backtracking but it was still a very grandiose game to play in 2002 which is about the best reason to regard as the Cube as an important console to own.

And if Half Life 2 was a realistic type of representation of a city then didn't Max Payne 2 actually do that with far more interaction as to your actual environments, creeping through apartment buildings, along ledges etc- and black humour? It makes Half Life 2 look like just a ghost train.

And people go on about how great the facial animations look when the earlier Resident Evil remake on the Gamecube and Silent Hill 3 actually had better ones.
And the lighting in Half Life 2 wasn't even as good as those- Doom 3 came along with much more dynamic lighting. Maybe Half Life 2 was supposed to be a bit more naturalistic. Well, that can be OK at the time but as time moves on a bit of drama in the visuals helps its longevity.

There are arguments for the likes of Resident Evil 4 (although I regard it as too kitsch to be game of the decade), Bioshock and Uncharted 2 but no need to go in to them here. And The Wind Waker? No- great sound, overall nice and distinctive visual design but too limited in its variety of levels (whose design I mostly don't rate all that highly) with tiresome sailing.

Half Life 2- serviceablely good game with sometimes some interesting level design but perhaps more than the sum of its pieces in some people's minds? Episode 2's good too by the way but Episode 1 isn't that fun.
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e-p-ayeaH  +   843d ago
GTA San Andreas is my GOTD everyone loves that game.
NYC_Gamer  +   843d ago
HL2 is solid and deserves all the praise from the gaming community
Picnic  +   843d ago
'Solid' wouldn't have been enough to a 90s gamer. Banjo Kazooie beats Half Life 2.
ape007  +   843d ago
how the hell u compare the two, Id say goldeneye and perfect dark are better than HL 2 imo
devilhunterx  +   843d ago
Overrated game wins an award. Hurray!
CapsLocke  +   843d ago
"I'm a professional critic and everything that I don't like and it gets high scores is overrated. Hurray!"

That how you look.
tachy0n  +   843d ago

i invite you to play Black Mesa on your PC for free, go google it up.
e-p-ayeaH  +   843d ago
a shooter..what a surprise well might as well be one of the best ones around.

My game of the decade is GTA San Andreas.
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Droid Control  +   843d ago
HL2 is amazing. The episodes were a big let down though.
No innovation, no graphical update, same puzzles and mechanics.
mynameisEvil  +   843d ago
No graphical update? What the hell are you talking about? They upgraded the Source engine in a big way between HL2 and its episodes, though most notably with the inclusion of things such as HDR.

I hate it when people talk out of their asses...
Sugreev2001  +   843d ago
VGA finally picked someone deserving.Love the series and every damn game Valve has made.Still,I think GTA III deserved it more...simply because it changed the industry in a big way.
Crotin  +   843d ago
A bunch of console gamers saying how overrated Half-Life 2 is. Anyone that played it way before the Orange Box know exactly how well deserved this award is, congrats to Valve.

I haven't seen another game this decade innovate while combining the best elements in gaming together as much as HL2 did. It's still one of the best looking games too without even needing heavy requirements from a PC.
Picnic  +   843d ago
Don't get me wrong, HL2 is a good or great game but what innovation would that be as even for manipulating objects in a 3D game Second Sight was released first- and to take nearly 10 years for a 3D game to do that was about time anyway.
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Picnic  +   842d ago
The people on this site are mostly cretinous. 6 people disagreed with my entire post? That included the point that Half Life 2 is a good or GREAT game? Tell me what innovation melted your eyeballs when you played Half LIfe 2.
Crotin  +   841d ago
The whole "don't get me wrong it's a great game" phrase is the most overused phrase in N4G history. Just say "overrated" and get it over with. That phrase doesn't give credit to anything, it's just a disagree button shield that didn't seem to work in your favor.

I hope you don't think Gears is overrated because Winback had the cover system, or Portal is overrated because PREY had it first too.

The attention to physics HL2 gave to the FPS genre...specifically that genre, was unparalled at the time, followed by the combination of everything else. The graphics and lighting in the game still hold up to today's games. There wasn't one overrated bone in the game's body. For a game to have that much of an impact on the FPS genre as shallow and oversaturated as it's been over this decade, it deserves all of the praise and credit it's been given.

Second Sight, yay it has physics but the controls were iffy and you can't possibly compare the physics in that game to HL2's Havok Engine. Storyline was pretty good, AI was meh. The overall game was decent at best. Second Sight melted your eyeballs? And you'd actually want to go back playing it alot afterwards? I guess that could be subjective.
Drumsmasher  +   843d ago
Damn, HL2 was an amazing, iconic game.....

But what about GTA and Halo 1?

GTA made the most controversy out of being a criminal for fun, especially when the third one came out. Halo 1 revolutionized fps on console almost to a Goldeneye degree. Health that automatically recharges is used in most popular fps games nowadays, like Call Of Duty and Battlefield, along with the two weapon carrying system. Half Life 2 is an absolutely amazing game, one of the best i've ever played! Just remember, for the first half of the last decade, PC was looked down upon. The world of gaming doesn't revolve around the pc. Stop looking down upon console gamers, all you look like are nerdy fools with too much money.
NoobJobz  +   843d ago
I may be wrong here but I think it was games coming out 2002-2012. GTAs could be included but I believe Halo CE was 2001.
TombstoneInc  +   843d ago
This is an absolute joke. PC gamers arent the only gamers. And with the advent of the next gent (current gen) there sure are more console gamers that PC gamers these days. Im not saying Half Life isnt a bad game, infact its great, but it is no COD 4. COD 4 changed the game for multiplayer on consoles, changed the game for FPS and changed the game for the war game genre. For COD 4 to not be named game of the decade is bullshit and Spike can stick it. Their awards are a joke anyways.
SJPFTW  +   843d ago
When people say Video Games are NOT art... you show them Half Life 2 and they change your their minds. COD4 does not have the same effect.

Multiplayer is not the only part of a game.
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