Remedy Entertainment The best game for me is Half-Life 2, which is to the first Half-Life as The Lord Of The Rings is to The Hobbit, or Aliens is to Alien, to draw a more fitting analogy. Building on what came before and at the same time, in so many ways, boldly, even madly, reinventing what it is about and building a bigger world. Something that began as a clever and claustrophobic science-fiction catastrophe story suddenly evolved and expanded into a tale of a saviour coming to a unique and believable dystopian setting.
Half-Life 2 took many aspects – large and small – of a firstperson shooter and crystallised the design, pacing, language and rules of the genre and perfected them. When you look at the game as a larger whole – including the further exploration done in Episode One and Two, and The Orange Box with
Portal, which is also set in the same world – it gives us a huge, ambitious, immersive videogame experience with a connected universe, delivered with staggering showmanship.