This game came out yesterday. For the pre-loader, the game was unlocked yesterday as well. So once I got home from work, I started up Episode 1 and started playing it. The graphics are pretty much the same engine as the Original Half-Life 2 game, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise as this game is suppose to be an extension to Half-Life 2 and not a completely remake of the game.. :p
Game play I would say around 7-8 hours(4-6 hours if you rush through) and like Half-Life 2, Episode 1 also leaves you in a cliff hanger for Episode 2 which apparently should be out by the end of the year. The story line is every bit as good as the original game. The main difference is instead of being by yourself most of the time, your partner is Alyx. She is with you probably 95-96% of the story.
There are no new weapons, you get the gravity gun at the beginning of the game. During the game, your gravity gun gets zapped and it becomes the supercharged gravity gun that can pull even people into the gun effectively killing them at the same time. 🙂 You then reconnect the core and find out that the destruction of City 17 was a byproduct of sending a packet to where ever the aliens came from. At the end of the game, you get on the second train with Alyx and leave city 17, you see a few dozen ship like aircraft fly out and a few flash, and thats where the game ends for Episode 2..
This game was a great game. Although it was quite short, nonetheless it was still a good game 🙂