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Old 03-06-2010, 11:23 AM   #3244 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Junkenstein View Post
I wouldnt say it has aged perfectly. It's definitely an older, more clunky game. It's insanely frustrating at times (Apparently back then Valve werent the kind hearted crowd plesers of today that create games according to player's response), in some parts in a very idiotic and old school way. The story is still amazing, but the charcters are non-existent (although i still have to understand if the babillion lookalike scientists that repoeat "Greetings co-worker" or "You still believe that chaos theory is wrong?" while zombies are eating them alive, were done that way on purpose or not).
It was also Valve's first title, so they were just getting their feet wet. Plus, the game was using a Quake 2 engine, so naturally the aesthetics and layout would be crude. For the time it was released though (1998), it was something stellar. They tried to expand on the characters in the following releases (Opposing Force, Blue Shift, Decay). I think what took the public by surprise aside from all other factors is how the special forces team to come in and clean up responded to your actions and used actual strategy.

Of course, HL2 came along and pretty much eclipsed it.
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