Kotaku - Half-Life 2 was selected "Game of the Decade" at the 2012 Video Game Awards.
I was expecting an announcement when that big group of people came out to accept the award. Anyways, congratulations on a great game.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Evil
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.
same lol I was like omg here it comes 8 qore cpu requirement and nothing lol
@BattleAxe 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.
"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.
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
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)
what about GTA, Resi 4 and Mario Galaxy
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..
i wanted half life 3!! I thought for sure when G-man showed up on the screen that there would be some surprise:(
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.
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!
No, WOW was runner up.
Kudos to the reply. Bubbles. :)
For me it was between Shadows and Halflife 2 for me. Ravenholm still gives me the creeps.
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.
I personally voted for bioshock but im glad that half life 2 won both were very good games
Great game pushed the boundaries of story telling and graphics for its time still one of my top games.
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.
Every other place gave Half-Life 2 an award too so...
Thought they will say something about Half Life 3 -_-"
Lol, as if Valve would mention HL3 at the VGAs of all places.
Every real gamer knows that Deus Ex is the best game of the decade.
Which Deus Ex? If you are referring to Deus Ex 1, that came out in 2000...so not technically in this "decade" of VGAs.
What about us fake gamers?
Will I be a real gamer some day and know too?
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)
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.
Definitely deserved. My personal GOTD was Shadow of the Colossus, however. :)
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..
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.
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.
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.
GabeN didn't even say anything while he was up there.
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
Out of all those games that have been out since 2002 that's the best?
Yes. I dare you to try to name a better single player FPS game than Half-Life 2.
Stalker this decade. Otherwise Deus Ex, System shock 2 also. Thief for some.
Seriously who the hell decides these things? It's one of the worst games I have ever played.
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.
lol you're something else
Half-Life 2 is overrated, people only like it for the graphics and because it was made by Valve
I was 10 when I played HL2 and had no idea who valve was or even cared but HL2 was freaking amazing.
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.
GTA San Andreas is my GOTD everyone loves that game.
HL2 is solid and deserves all the praise from the gaming community
'Solid' wouldn't have been enough to a 90s gamer. Banjo Kazooie beats Half Life 2.
how the hell u compare the two, Id say goldeneye and perfect dark are better than HL 2 imo
Overrated game wins an award. Hurray!
"I'm a professional critic and everything that I don't like and it gets high scores is overrated. Hurray!" That how you look.
overrated? i invite you to play Black Mesa on your PC for free, go google it up.
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.
HL2 is amazing. The episodes were a big let down though. No innovation, no graphical update, same puzzles and mechanics.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.