The good: Okay, I can say that I started this game not really knowing a thing about it. This sounds crazy because this is considered to be one of the best games of all time. Anyway, this game is fantastic. The great game to end all games everyone said it was?!?!?!? No. Now, that said, the shooting mechanism in this game is one of the best I have ever played. Also, the way you toggle between guns is very smooth and solid. I have to say that the very best thing about this game is the MASSIVE amount of variety throughout the game. There is a variety of weapons that span all over the board.
There is the standard pistol and shotgun of course, but there is also the gravity gun, the crossbow that fires what look like lava arrows, the pulse rifle and a ball that calls forth an army of antlions. Now, I have to take a moment and say having an antlion army is great. Unfortunately though, you may accidentally shotgun a few in the face, but hey, it happens.
Okay, back to the review. The enemies in this game are not very…varied, I don’t like way that sounded. Oh well, but there not. Theres only a few and a couple are irritating. Like the head humpers, which are terrible, like being punched in the face repeatedly with a boxing glove made of sand paper. Now, the game does do a good job of mixing enemies though. There was not wave after wave of the same enemy, but instead many different enemies coming at you at once. Okay, the graphics are good, they are not spectacular, but serve their purpose. The flashlight is very useful and looks good. There are some epic fights throughout this game, and I mean you have a huge disadvantage in a few, and by a few, I mean ALL OF THEM. Now, the characters are nit very in depth, the story and places are more important than the actual characters. Normally this would be an issue, but this game actually makes it work.
The Bad: The bad about this game was only in certain parts. Some parts of this game were truly perfect for me. Fun, challenging, and very well done. There are moments when there are truly too many enemies at one time to where challenging jumps over that line to “screw this game if I die because I don’t wan’t to do this again”. Besides that though, the biggest problem in the game, the only part of the game was truly bad in my opinion was the controls for that god forsaken air boat. These controls, for me, were truly bad.
The overview: This game is great. If you like shooters then this game will be great for you. It is varied, and extremely fun. Everything about this game is solid, which is hard for me to say because I hate saying that a game does not have any big problems and so far in my gaming career only 2 ever have. Both made by Valve…. Anyway, play it, enjoy it. Check out my lists to see what I think about the smaller aspects involved in this game.
Hours to complete: 12-20 hours