The long awaited missing level from Half-Life 2 was finally finished this week; you could download Thursday, although, I couldn’t till Friday.
Gotta say, not impressed. I understand the amount of work they put into levels; dabbling a bit myself, I’m amazed they actually completed Half-Life 2 in my lifetime.
However, I failed to see how the new lighting effect (HDR?) was cool, some of the reflections on my box were off, and the level itself had some issues. Re-spawning, Combine soldiers you had killed previously would be stationary, standing models upon reloading the level.
While the level itself was one of the most challenging, it was extremely short. After crashing 5 times, I couldn’t believe it ended that quickly.
I hope the CEO of Valve sends another email like he did the first time and asks why I never log into Steam.
“Because bro, I beat all of the games, and it’s time for something new. Releasing a new Half-Life level, while cool, only occupies 2 hours of my Friday night. Even if I were to play it again, that’s 4.”
While I believe Steam is a great program to purchase and deliver games, it’s only 1 engine; Source. And all of the games are extremely old. While I still enjoy the occasional Day of Defeat game since Battlefield 2 has lost it’s joy, I fail to see how Steam has longevity on my computer other than forgetting I had it installed. I feel they should spend more time making additional games and levels than re-skinning the interface. Spending time on improving/fixing the friends network is dumb too; you all already missed the boat, there are better programs out there to faciliate finding friends in games, and you should use existing presence communities like AOL, MSN, and Yahoo instead of creating your own.
At least I didn’t have to pay for it!