Is Half-Life 2 Still King of the Shooters?

Half-Life 2 was one of the most complete and engaging shooters at its time. After six years of first person shooter games perfecting their formula, does Half-Life 2 remain king?

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scar202455d ago

Don't know never played it.

tlarn2455d ago

You poor, poor soul...

Pandamobile2455d ago

What kind of question is that? It's widely regarded as the best first person shooter to date; yes it's good...

Spydiggity2455d ago (Edited 2455d ago )

absolutely nothing overrated about it.

Substance1012455d ago


Id call Killzone 2 and Halo series vastly over rated. Half life 2 is a legend. Still selling so many years after its release.

Active Reload2455d ago (Edited 2455d ago )

"Is Half-Life 2 Still King of the Shooters?"

I don't see how it could be. The shooting mechanics are basic while most of the weapons are too.

Edit: The title should be called "Is Half-life 2 still king of video games?", instead of "Is Half-Life 2 Still King of the Shooters?" because it limits the greatness of the game when more than likely the shooting aspect is its weakest point. My opinion though. Even then I personally wouldn't consider it the best game ever, but more appropriately, one of the best games ever.

ShinMaster2455d ago

I'd say First-Person View game, not precisely shooter.

But yeah, let the PC fans have this one.

xXxSeTTriPxXx2455d ago

@ scar20 it's like this,as a fps HL2 is better (by a huge gap) then any and every fps out to date.the peacing and story of the game is so perfect.once you get past the first load screen it's a wrap.everything about this game is above anything you've seen done in the fps genre.

i've been gaming since 1985(so you can imaging how many games i've played) and HL2 is in my top 5 greatest games of all could hate fps, but after playing HL2,you'll walk away thinking every other fps (if not almost every game) is inferior.

darthv722455d ago

I would say no but it is the king of storylines in a shooter series. Halo runs a close second (IMO).

I like how a good story draws you into the central role of the game. I have experienced it in a few notable ones. Resistance, Halo, Half Life, Dark Forces (bring that back please!!!). If it has a great story then ALL other nuances are passable.

HolyOrangeCows2455d ago

As good as Half Life 2 is, it's not the JC of gaming like everyone makes it out to be. It's shooting mechanics lost the crown long ago.

However, it's AI was certainly ahead of its time, and level design was pretty good. Just a VEEEERRRRY over-rated game.

BattleAxe2455d ago (Edited 2455d ago )

I'm actually playing through it right now, and I think its pretty good, and the graphics are excellent for how old it is. I got about half way through playing the PS3 version just over a year ago and I didn't like it, probably because EA didn't do a very good job with the feel of the controls. This time around I'm playing the game on Steam while using a 360 Controller, and it works great. The analogue sticks feel alot better this time and it doesn't feel like I'm skating on ice like the PS3 version. The reason I'm playing it again is because I just bought The Orange Box on Steam during the last sale for only $7.50. The Lost Coast was a pretty cool thing to get with the game also.

TomFG2455d ago

@Active Reload: When you say the shooting mechanics are basic, what do you mean exactly?

DeadlyFire2455d ago

HL2 has Ep1, and 2, TF 2 and CSS under its umbrella. As well as SDKs for each thing for players to make their own levels and content. Valve is the best.

What do other FPS games have? DLC packs. What fun are they?

Motion2454d ago


No offense to you, but seriously? You're playing a shooter on the PC using a 360 controller? That's crazy talk. Get used to the mouse and keyboard and you'll never look back.

Kleptic2454d ago (Edited 2454d ago )

@battleaxe...yeah dude, drop the controller...the game was first designed for PC, and the pacing and immersion simply aren't there without a m/k imo...

@tomFG...he probably means the lack of aiming down sites, relatively low level of recoil from all guns, definitely still has that old school shooter feel, in that its primary still a twitch game for least for most weapons...not that thats a bad thing, but it controls very differently from modern shooters...

the only thing I don't entirely agree with this article about is other games art direction...yes, Bioshock too was great...and HL2 was king when it released (even destroying Doom 3 in every way, which not many saw coming)...

but read the description of what makes HL2's atmosphere so great...and play killzone 2...I know that is a touchy shooter to bring up...but one thing it absolutely nailed was atmosphere...the architecture of the alien world (that was still built by 'humans') is unmatched...and it really feels like you are invading a believable environment on every level...

I'm not saying it tops either HL2 or Bioshock in this area...but it definitely deserves to be mentioned along with them...anyone that has played it could attest to that...

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anthraxCZ2455d ago

i did not know that there is someone existing, who hasn´t played best shooter of all time ? :)

just jokin´

JBaby3432454d ago

I haven't played it. I started playing Half-life about 2 years ago and got so bored I never finished it so never played Half-life 2. At least for me the series is FAR from being the King of Shooters.

TROLL EATER2455d ago

Half life, half life 2 and halo combat evolved are the best for me

ct032455d ago

I'm not sure how you can name Halo in the same sentence as Half-Life 1 and 2. But I guess I agree with 2/3rds of your post.

theonlylolking2455d ago

That amazing since both are not good. They are both ok games. In my opinion black ops, MW2, KZ2, MAG, Reach, and a few other are 10x better than halo CE and half life 1 and 2

antz11042454d ago

^^ "In my opinion black ops, MW2, KZ2, MAG, Reach, and a few other are 10x better than halo CE and half life 1 and 2"

LMAO!!!! Oh...whew..gotta catch my breath....oh man, you're a funny guy.

Spydiggity2455d ago

thanks for the contribution, scar. couldn't have had this comments section without you.

and yes, Half Life 2 is still the King. it's not only the best shooter ever made, but it's one of the best games of all time.

DarkFantasy2455d ago (Edited 2455d ago )

You never played it!!!! man go buy the Orange box for what ever system you have,its best played on PC, BUT its playable enough on ps3/360 for you to enjoy it beat the game plus episodes 1 and 2 and see for your self why its the king of shooters! its one hell of a epic game it has no multi player But it dose not need it.i can't believe someone said it was over rated,he must have not beaten the game what a noob! Half- Life 2 has to be the best shooter i have played in my life,such a awesome single player it will make you wish more games focused on story mode over mp.

Half_Life_32455d ago

Half Life 2 does have multi player and Valve made it free also there's 1000 servers for it.

Information here

Most people liked Half Life 2 and don't know about the online.
Using the gravity gun to throw toilets at friends is great epic fun. :)

Jacobite2455d ago (Edited 2455d ago )

"Don't know never played it." Why even comment then ?

ReservoirDog3162455d ago

You really don't know what you're missing. It's like never playing a Mario game. HL2 is by far one of the best games ever released. And yeah, I really do think it's still the king of FPS games. The episodes are good too.

Once you play them, you'll realize why most of us wait everyday for episode 3. You really desperately need to play the HL series.

specialguest2455d ago (Edited 2455d ago )

Let's put it in proper perspective. Half Life 2 was released during the end of 2004. Ever since then, FPS have been playing catch up in terms of matching the qaulity of HL2(especially FPS on consoles).

Sure, there had been FPS games that were released during the past 2 years(maybe 3) that matched or surpassed HL2, but that's a compliment to how far a head of its time HL2 was.

TomFG2455d ago

"Let's put it in proper perspective. Half Life 2 was released during the end of 2004. Ever since then, FPS have been playing catch up in terms of matching the qaulity of HL2(especially FPS on consoles). "

Agreed. I only got round to playing HL2 this year, and it was a staggering experience. I've played the new Halo's and CoD's as they release, and been fairly apathetic about them. HL2, a 6 year old game, blew me away. It must beb doing something right!

Lykon2455d ago

Immersive. atmospheric. lots of was one of the last best adventure/shooting games before the whole multiplayer rubbish with 5 hour gimped single player took over....fantastic game...the resistance games are pretty good and have their moments too

Sashamaz2455d ago

since when was it ever king?

Ducky2455d ago (Edited 2455d ago )

Since its release.


" Games like BioShock, S.T.A.L.K.E.R, and Metro 2033 suggest that there is still life in the single-player experience, but Half-Life 2 remains the benchmark."

I really liked the ending to the article.

CrzyFooL2455d ago


Half Life 3 PLEASE!!!