Pick up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people, people he cares about, are counting on him.
This game. This game man. Do I SERIOUSLY need to say anything about it? It's innovative, imaginative, it's a work of genius. A rare game that puts most FPS to shame, the best way to understand why this game is a masterpiece is by actually experiencing it for yourself. You won't regret it.
The best game ever made. The vehicle sections are the only drag on an otherwise flawless experience. Beautiful environments, fun weapons, interesting enemies, a mix of creepiness and sci-fi, dynamic characters, and absolutely perfect quality control. I'm not sure HL2 could ever be topped.
Half-Life 2 is a first-person shooter. But in action, storytelling, technical achievement, atmosphere and intensity it has far outdone its peers. Valve just hit the top note no other PC game developer could reach...The excuse that 'it's just a game' won't cut it anymore.