As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance scientists.
Disturbing and Depressing.
This episode is the exact opposite its predecessor.
The mood has changed drastically.
The world is falling apart and everyone is struggling for life.
It's dark. Very dark.
I didn't expect it to be as good as it was - and still is.
If you really love the series up until now, this episode will make you scream for more.
Oh, and look for references to other games! A ton are made - but many are hard to spot.
A necessary expansion with various engine improvements and a ton of mods available. Surprisingly, this game has better graphics than lots of mainstream crap today, at least on NVIDIA cards with SSAO and supersampling enabled. This is why HL2 E2 has so many modifications.
Any way you look at it, Episode Two stands out, even among the Half-Life series, as something special. It may be shorter than the original, but it's a burly experience packed into roughly six hours or so that offers up all the diversity, level design, and thoughtful gameplay we've known while making sure to propel the story forward and leave us wanting more.