Sunday, August 24, 2008


So. I just finished Half-Life 2: Episode 2. The latest game in a series of some of the best games possible to make. Valve has this art down to a science. Nobody can really match these games, and they are by far the best in the genre. This one is arguably the best in the series. There were some parts that felt a little too difficult, namely the final battle, but everyone expects the final battle to be difficult. Anyway, the end (major spoilers ahead. Major!) was incredibly done. Rarely do I cry openly, and even rarer is it that a video game or movie makes me cry. After you protect a missile silo from giant creatures, destroying them by lobbing a sticky bomb at each of about 7, I believe, the rocket is launched, and it closes a portal threatening the entire universe. You and your platonic companion in the story, Alyx Vance, are about to depart on a helicopter, while her father escorts you, and says his goodbye to her. As you are about to board, these creatures called Combine Advisors fly in, pinning you to the wall psychically, paralyzing you, while they pull in her father. She screams and cries, but it is no use, as he says, "I love you, baby!" and "Look away, Alyx" and they ruthlessly and violently kill him, as she sobs. Another comes, but her pet robot kills it before it attacks you or Alyx. She holds her father in her arms and quietly sobs, saying, "No..." over and over again. She whispers, "Please...don't leave me..." Fade to black.

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