Half Life 2: Episode 1 - Completed
Valve has brought us another 3-4 hours of game play following the Half Life 2 story line. The game play was solid with obstacles that are new to the series. There is still jumping and killing of course. But with a few more puzzles (i.e.: the water is electrified what do you do to get across). The game is $20 and supposable does not require H2 in order to play. My suggestion is to play H2 first in order to even understand who the funny guy in the suit is at the beginning. Otherwise the story will mean nothing to you. Not to spoil things but I could have done with out Alyx chomping at the bit talking the entire episode. But you get use to it, the nice feature is you dont have to worry about Alyx. Her pathing is perfect, she wont get caught on obstacles, etc etc. Its the best NPC assisted game play I have seen yet.
I give this a 9 out of 10, the game play could have been longer for the money. But I am a bitch to the half-life series and always will be.