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Valve may have started an ARG for Half-Life 3

SS said, "When Valve first teased Portal 2 they did it with an update to the original Portal. The update came with very vague patch notes; it added radios that held messages to the game and it slightly altered the ending. Ultimately the game ended as Game Informer revealed Portal 2 would premier on their cover. Well, Valve has updated Half-Life 2 today."

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BattleAxe1635d ago

People need to calm down about this series, its not that great , and it doesn't really actually have any storytelling, despite what the blowhards out there say..

ricochetmg1635d ago

Glad someone said it. Its about the most overstated game ever now. I feel its a nostalgia thing.

blitzburns41635d ago (Edited 1635d ago )

Honestly, the only logical reason I can come up with for you current disposition is that you still hate that the story (Spoiler) was left on a cliffhanger.

Otherwise, it's not only one of the greatest GAMES ever made, (Story wise) but one of the greatest SF stories of any medium. (I know, that's a bold statement. However, I'm a heavy reader and that's just my opinion.)

Corpser1635d ago

One of the best and most influential game ever made, the only reason I can think people that think otherwise are those that are too young at the time and have no idea what it changed or influenced

Bimkoblerutso1635d ago (Edited 1635d ago )

I would say of all the classics over the years, it's one of the few that has NOT inevitably boiled down to nostalgia. It's still entertaining to play through even today.

And the story, like the best stories in the medium, is a culmination of atmosphere, setting, and actual gameplay, as opposed to straight dialog and cutscenes. Perhaps it's time to start paying attention to all the details that are not possible in other mediums?

BattleAxe1635d ago (Edited 1635d ago )

I spent 17 hours playing through HL2, and the only reason I did it was because people kept saying that it was one of the best games of all time, especially because of the story telling.

Well, I couldn't wait to get the game over with. It had to be one of the most boring FPS games I've ever played. It had about as much story telling as Tomb Raider: Anniversary. I'm sure that for its time it was good, but by todays standards it's not that great.

Here are some games that have far better and more engaging single player campaigns (in my opinion). Oh and I realize that I might not be cool enough by listing some of these games, but here it goes:

- The Darkness
- Uncharted: Drake's Fortune
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Mass Effect 2
- Metal Gear Solid 3
- Metal Gear Solid 4

I can think of quite a few others that are vastly better at story telling and infinitely more fun to play, but I'll save myself from trying to undo the pure nostalgia that you guys seem to be caught up in.

PS: I still have yet to play The Last of Us, but I have no doubt that it will also have a better story, and gameplay.

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Xyle1635d ago

And what is a great game then battle axe? Please enlighten us, oh wise and devoted one

Mr Tretton1635d ago (Edited 1635d ago )

BattleAxe, I could say the same about the game in your avatar, and it would be just as likely true, if not way more so. But I have no need to go into threads about Socom II and bash it.

Ben Dover1635d ago

When Half-Life 1 was released to the public in 1998, it went beyond the traditional boundaries of FPS games and completely changed its standards and possibilities, something which Bioshock Infinite also accomplished recently in my opinion. The Half-Life series deserves every bit of the praise it's getting.

Wni01635d ago

What did infinite do that "pushed the boundaries"? Zip lines? Walkable cutscenes with Elizabeth? It's a solid shooter, there is nothing gameplay wise that is remarkable.

Ben Dover1635d ago (Edited 1635d ago )

Establish an engaging experience with a great story, strong connection with characters and an immersive environment that is hard - if not - impossible to find in an FPS nowadays (note I said FPS). Yes Bioshock Infinite pushed the boundaries as it released itself from the dreadful boring FPS games of today and looked for a fresh new way to deliver on what Half-Life initiated in 1998. Don't be so narrow-minded, there is more to Bioshock Infinite than just gameplay.

RickHiggity1635d ago

What's your favorite series? Whatever it is, you need to calm down about it. It's not that great. Whatever it is you love about it, it probably doesn't do it very well.

allgamespc20121635d ago (Edited 1635d ago )

and i assume you must be a COD fan otherwise you would not be saying such dumb stuff.

there is a reason its called one of the most influential games in the industry, maybe cause of the way it told a story or played? maybe, just maybe the reason why a lot of games COPIED half life in order to succeed

Mounce1635d ago

Guess that tunnel-vision of yours causes more problems than good. You can't even appreciate or comprehend a story unless it's like a book being thrown at your face.

Half-life 1 had a low-key, conspiracy and atmospheric level of horror, intrigue and mystery - HL2 is a continuation with an alien invasion and about consequences of the past with Black Mesa tied around a multi-verse of Portal/HL and so-on. A web of mysteries that have yet to be discovered. Like how TF2 could easily be a cartoon or comic series within the HL universe of some kind - some TF2-comics hint towards being tied with the universe somehow, though still vague.

Nonetheless. Half-life as a series is good because it's got Atmosphere, great pacing, a classic and modern feel about it in HL2 and HL2 served as a great PC benchmark for its time. Source 2 mayhaps will bring back such a thing if done and HL3 shown on it...

Besides that, I'd think I could call you a fool just by easily saying: Why do you need 'storytelling' or good storytelling to be a great fucking game when it's a great game overall by how it is on its own with every OTHER category? Look at Dark Souls for instance. Its storytelling is vague, sad, and not in your face yet still there - game is praised moreso for difficulty, art-style and gameplay - And it's a great overall bloody game.

3-4-51634d ago

Yea It's overrated but still good. It deserves recognition but not the praise it gets.

They need to make a game that isn't twitchy and gimmicky first.....Then they get some praise.

If it wasn't for CS getting so popular nobody would even want a new Half Life.

All that means is a new CS...which gets the CS people all excited or pissed off again.

At least Day of Defeat was awesome.

plaZeHD1634d ago

Agreed. I was just gonna write that. It's a great and surprising game for it's time, but by today's standard it's not that much of a great game.

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oscarmike1635d ago

hey if people find it overrated that's fine, their entitled to their opinion. I love the hell out of this series and that's my opinion.

I gave up hope a long time of seeing a third one since we all know the joke about Valve not being able to count to 3. if it happens great, but at this point I don't even entertain the thought.

Wni01635d ago

Half-life 2 has more gameplay variation then any game to date. And Half-Life changed EVERYTHING. Learn some fucking manners when disowning arguably the most important game series for the shooter genre. Look up "Escape from mount stupid - Half Life" to see why it's incredible.

Corpser1635d ago

That neogaf thread is funny as hell but of course the comment section on n4g is going in a completely different direction

Xyle1635d ago

Prepare for unexpected results

Mr_Nuts1635d ago

Basicaly a rewording of

*** Prepare for unforeseen consequences ***

You can't hint at HL anymore then that

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