Listmas 2017: 6 Games I Played 10-19 Years After Their Release

As punctual as the Duck is when it comes to appointments and meeting deadlines, I am often horrendously late when it comes to games.  In fact, in recent years, I think I have spent more time playing catch-up than I have actually enjoying recent titles.  Out of curiosity, I thought it would be fun to…

The Journey to White Forest and the Completion of Half-Life 2

I have finally completed Half-Life 2 and its mini sequels, Episode One and Two, so today I present you all with the final installment of my experiences.  Episode Two takes place after the train crash at the end of Episode One, which Gordon and Alyx apparently survived unscathed.  Our objective: head for the Resistance base…

The Escape from City 17

I’ve been playing nothing but Half-Life 2 lately, and even though I had recently finished the main game, my adventure with our silent hero Gordon Freeman was not yet over.  (Maybe he’s just shy.)  The Orange Box also came with two mini-sequels, Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two respectively.  And today, I discuss my highlights…

Half-Life 2, I Fear You No Longer

Despite lots of difficulties, including a great need to conquer my earlier fears, I finally beat Half-Life 2.  It took me about a month, and honestly, it feels like I’ve been with this game for much longer because so much has happened in all that time.  I braved all kinds of horrors, including a zombie-ridden…

Oh, So That’s Why We Don’t Go to Ravenholm

I wrote a short while back about my initial experiences with Half-Life 2, namely concerning how uneasy the game made me feel because of how real the environment looked and the first person perspective.  Now that I have progressed a good ways into the game, I can’t say that has really changed.  In fact, the game…

The Anxiety of Playing Half-Life 2

I had originally bought The Orange Box for the PS3 because I wanted to play Portal on a console rather than a PC.  The collection also came with Team Fortress 2, plus Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One and Two, and while I had always heard very positive things about Half-Life, I knew nothing…

Realism in games – a step in the wrong direction?

Hello my pretties! This week I’m writing on an issue that’s close to my heart – realism in games and the general trend in the games industry of making games that are more and more realistic. When it came out, everyone was gushing about Half Life 2‘s physics engine and the ability it gives you to manipulate…