The fervent feedback of the masses to these tiny, otherwise inconsequential bits of information is a bad omen, folks, and let me tell you why: Half Life 3 won’t meet your expectations.
Valve has set the bar so high I don't think they can even reach it this time round!
Half-Life 2 was ahead of its age, making a decent follower wont be an easy task.
A similar time lapse occurred between Half Life 1 & Half Life 2 correct? It makes sense to wait this long. Give the industry & tech time to distance itself from the previous iteration so when they rebuild the Engine it has the evolution that gamers want to see. They release other products on the same engine, I think? (counter strike, portal, team fortress), and it would looks right to me that they would play out the product life cycle like they had. In terms of gameplay, I don't think there will be any issue to deliver. Half Life 2 looks great, and people loved it for that. But the gameplay was fun, exciting, new. They would make a lot of people happy by incorporating the same mechanics with new twists. They don't need to change the formula or the delivery to get sales and make consumers happy. Maintain the puzzle theme, excellent delivery of physics, entertainment of the gravity gun & incorporate some of the Portal system into the puzzle elements and you have yourself the gameplay. Keep the writers on board for the story and voila you have a highly rated Half Life 3 which you can use as the building platform for the next 5-7 years of products you release. If they can effectively utilize destructible environments, (Red Faction) and incorporate more of a personality into Gordon I think it could easily be the front-runner for GOTY.
Stupid article. @gaelic What bar did they set and by what means, other than simply saying nothing and releasing nothing with regard to HL3? They haven't set the bar high. We have. And for the record I think HL3 will be incredible. I haven't been disappointed by a Valve game yet.
"And for the record I think HL3 will be incredible" I am sure it will be! :)But for the record I think HL3 will not be as big a leap as from HL to HL2. Many peoples expectation will be shattered!
Valve has to build a nextgen successor to the legendary source engine
Wow, where did this guy get a copy? :/
And so will The Last Guardian. Certain games have gotten hyped to a point where even if it is the greatest game ever made, it could not live up to expectations. Valve has never mentioned Half Life 3 and everyone is hyping it. Sony showed one trailer for a game years ago and it's still a question that constantly comes up.
Trash article. Should be titled "Half-Life 3 Will Probably Disappoint Me". I for one am only disappointed by the wait. I know that when HL3 is released it will be awesome, cuz that's what Valve does.
Eh, my expectations aren't that high. I always liked Doom3's engine better than the original Source engine, I think the Gravity Gun is lame, and Half-life 2's story is vague and poorly delivered. In order to modernize HL3, they will have to change a massive amount of how they make games. For one, they will have to make Gordon talk. They need to update controls, use a limited inventory, add more realistic AI and destructible environments. Most importantly, they need a better storyline that doesn't just jerk you around. Gordon should actually be out to accomplish something in HL3, instead of just launching another rocket or getting from A to B.
No. It wont dissapoint. Shut up.
"Half Life 3 won’t meet your expectations." THAT'S IT?! That sums up the whole purpose of that article to exist. That is all what the whole article is trying to tell us. No justification, reasons why it will suck, no first hand account, sneak peak or even nit picking rumors. Just an article telling readers to stop speculating and hyping because it will not meet our expectations. That's about it.
The people who never played Half-Life before and are just caught up in the hype will probably be disappointed because they dont know what to expect. while the people who played the other Half-Life games wont be disappointed.
I doubt it.
i don't even care if its not revolutionary. i just want a solid game and ill be happy
I'm pretty sure many were thinking the same thing about Half-Life 2, yet, it was a landmark game that left its mark in the gaming landscape, may it be for the game design, the Source engine or it's Steam integration. Will Half-Life 3 be a revolutionary product? I don't know, but I'm pretty sure it will be awesome. Will it meet everyone's expectations? Probably not, but that's not the game's fault, it's just the usual problem of people having crazy expectations that simply cannot be met. By now, some people probably expect it to be the best looking game ever, with a 60 hours long campaign and a super robust multiplayer; chances are, it won't have any of those, but that's okay and people will have to accept it when (if) HL3 is ever released.
Well see if it ever comes into exaistence. Yes I do see a lot of people getting mad because the hype for this game is out of this solar system and valve and only do so much to satisfy everyone. DNF was deemed a failure even though is was exactly like old DN games, only reason it failed was due to fans putting so much hype into it they couldn't see anything but their disappointment. If a FF7 remake ever happens fans will be so mad because of things that would change compared to the original and now. I've given up waiting for half life 3. I'll buy it day one when it dose release (if in our lifetime) but I won't be excited until it is in my hands while I'm walking out of the store. Though I do worry that with the portal universe having grown so big and it beig apart of the HL universe that things are going to get affect and them having to try and please two sets of fans now. I'll honestly be surprised if valve does announce half life 3 or change the 3 to a subtitle because they are terrified of the number 3 for whatever reason. Rumors popup every other month that it will be announced but it never does.
"DNF was deemed a failure even though is was exactly like old DN games, only reason it failed was due to fans putting so much hype into it they couldn't see anything but their disappointment." DNF was a failure because it was terrible with respect to modern FPS, and it was terrible with respect to classic FPS (like DN64). It was the farthest thing from old DN games. It failed more-so because it was a bad game than the hype alone. Good games are good games on their own merit. Hype can influence your opinion of a game but it isn't as strong as a driving force as is the quality of the game itself
I'm sure alot of people said the same about portal 1 and alot of people liked the 2nd portal better. There are lots of games that people thought couldn't get better, yet when the sequel comes out it is.
I feel like this game will go the way of Duke Nukem Forever. So much hype that there is no way Devs can possibly deliver. I would love to see a very successful Half-Life 3 but with the bar set so high and the amount of FPS games that have come out since HL2, and games still coming out in the future, I have no faith that this would be any different then a generic Sci-fi FPS.
Duke nukem forever failed because hype was compounded with sporadic development and budget disputes. The game was dead and revived a couple times and was handed over to a couple different developers under a couple different publishers. Also there is the rather important factor that the game was terrible as a modern shooter and as a duke nukem game. HL3 will be coming from a developer that has unlimited (well not really 'unlimited' but budget will be of no issue) funds to devote to development and has a stable and skilled developing team. Now tell me again how it will be as bad as DNF with your new-found knowledge about DNF's development cycle.
I meant the hype behind it. There was no way DNF would've been a success with all the crap that went on about it. When HL came out it was an amazing game on a scale in which we hadn't seen before. HL2 one upped it and brought PC gamers a world they'd never seen before. What I am saying is that since then there has been TONS of games that have come and gone with the same genre. So it will be HARDER for Valve to make something unique and fresh when the term "its been done before" is used so much in this industry. So tell me with your new found knowledge of how game genres work, how exactly Half-Life 3 will be anything different then what we've seen already? No matter the budget, time etc. The game will NOT be on the scale of Half-Life 2 was. I can promise that. Its practically impossible.
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