Wed, 16 Jun 2010 Half-Life 2 review
Valve’s 1998 sci-fi first person shooter comes to Mac
- Manufacturer: Valve Software
- Pros: Advances the FPS genre significantly, ambitious gaming in scale and breath, excellent atmospherics.
- Cons: Some long load times between maps, frames per second could be faster, slight detail loss with certain animations.
- Min specs: Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later.
- Price: $10, under £7
- Star rating:
Macworld Buying Advice
Depending on your perspective, Half-Life 2 is either the most epic and ambitious title Valve has ever done, or the most bloated and unfocused. But even with its missteps, there’s a reason why Half-Life 2 appears on virtually every “best games of all time” list. It pushes the FPS genre in new and ambitious directions—the gravity gun, the physics engine, the visuals, the story, the AI, are all innovations that would carry other games. But with Valve, they’re just part of a laundry list of things they got right. Half-Life 2 is simply one of those games that can be held up as art, as something that is smarter than Halo or Gears of War while still being engrossing to play and fun to explore. If you have Steam on your Mac, you simply need to experience this colossus of game development.