Half Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2 are done.... things that count... but don't

posted May 31, 2016, 11:12 PM by Daniel Morrison
With Dead Space 2, Half Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2.  Games that Count season set is complete.

Dead Space 2 was a fun game to play.
Half Life 2: Episode 1 was a game I stopped playing 10 years ago and felt like revisiting and completing... that was a mistake.

On playing it again I quickly remembered why I stopped and never beat a rather short game.
Alyx is likely one of the most annoying companions in video games ever. She never stops talking, she can either tank tons of damage or dies in seconds, you can't leave her behind, SHE ALWAYS IS BLOCKING DOORS!!!!!!  In episode 1 and 2 there was multiple parts where I broke Alyx forcing me to reload parts of the game. Did I mention she never stops talking? Alyx is in the game to talk to a mute and open doors for him along his path. I connected more with the garden gnome than I did with Alyx, at least he was quite and was very dependable on being where I left him (unless it was a car).

 I was so happy when she died in episode 2 (don't worry death is only temporary). The game replaces her with a vortigaunt to open doors for the freeman. At least the vortigaunt is funny and doesn't seem to be able to die.

So how do you take the worst parts of Half Life 2 and make it into a finale, make it a gravity gun set-piece WITH A VEHICLE!!!!! yes combine the two overused things in the game into one giant mess of running into walls and blowing up mines. I nearly rage quit on the final battle, sadly I beat it so I got to see the ending of Half Life 2 Episode 2. If you have not played it I recommend you never do, the ending is a cliffhanger to a sequel that has not been made. I am just plain angry by forcing myself to play these two games back to back. It ruined Half Life 2 for me with these inferior sequels.