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Release Date: Oct 10, 2007

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"The Combine is still a threat in Valve’s episodic follow-up to Half-Life 2. Gordon and Alyx continue beyond City 17 to meet up with the resistance."

About This Game

Half-Life® 2: Episode Two is the second in a trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and best-selling Half-Life® adventure.

As Dr. Gordon Freeman, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance scientists.

Episode Two extends the award-winning Half-Life gameplay with unique weapons, vehicles, and newly-spawned creatures.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    Minimum: 1.7 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX® 8.1 level Graphics Card (Requires support for SSE), Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection


    Recommended: Pentium 4 processor (3.0GHz, or better), 1GB RAM, DirectX® 9 level Graphics Card, Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection



    Minimum: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, 1GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection
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Cottondog
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Half-Life 2: Episode Two adds some great new gameplay to Halfe-Life 2. If you played through Half-Life 2, but haven't played Episode One or Two yet- you need to buy and play this. Great game. 10/10
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Gerach
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
No worse than Half life 2: Episode One
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Narnio
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Episode Two is certainly the strongest of the two episodes. Using the Unreal engine it has managed to break through the fourth wall at many points in time, for example when Chell meets Gordon in the trainyard after killing the protagonist from Ricochet (SPOILERS). The game developers obviously thought long and hard about this, as the current consumer base have not taking a liking to DOG. As such, the developers have introduced a new character instead of DOG whose name is, you guessed it, WALRUS. Not only have the characters been revamped, but the game now features new destructible enviroments thanks to the Frostbite engine which can add realistic immersion. Ubisoft has outdone themselves on this one.
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FurnoCreeper
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Half-life 2: I Buy It thinking it's going to be Cool!
Really: It's Better then i ever thought
Half-life 2 Episode 1: Thinks its going to be Just As Cool
Really: It's EVEN Better!
Half-life 2 Episode 2: I Know How this is going to be
Really: Better
Half-life 2 Episode 3:Cant wait to PLAY IT!
Really: Its been 9 years and it's still Not been Realsed

Dont Buy The Game if you want to Stay A Normal Human
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[BHB] LT Hanley
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
IT HAS BEEN SAID THAT LORD GABEN HATES THE NUMBER 3 ALTHOUGH THERE IS SECRETS IN THE GAME LIKE AR3 (by the way that guy is a half life fan) YOU DROVE 3 VIACHALS IN THE GAMES
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Gamer#1
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Cliffhanger Simulator 2007+ VALVE WHYYYYYYY
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Full-Life
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Dosn't work
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estevan
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Now that I realize this is end of the franchise, I have to say it has a very disapointing end. I won't spoil it but it ruins the experience of narrative that comes before it. The story of Gordon Freeman has the most absurd, closure in gaming history.
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Glotox
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Best of the two episodes.
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Lettuce
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
beautiful game
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TheManIsInsane
( 9.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Half-Life 2: Episode 2 is the direct sequel to Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and is the last Half Life game released. So I was expecting something at least semi-interesting since people have been begging for its sequel for almost 10 years now. And while I didn't come away from the ending with my jaw on the floor, agonizing over when I would be able to play its sequel, I did find it to be an enjoyable experience.

That's not to say it advances the gameplay of the Half Life series in any revolutionary way. But it does take the series' established characters and gameplay into new and interesting territory. You'll still be using the same weapons, fighting most of the same enemies, and moving around in a familiar manner, but there are some interesting new settings to advance through and some slight twists to gameplay which distinguish it enough from the rest of the games in the series, thus offering more of the satisfying gameplay the Half-Life games have been known for.

The story itself is a bit more emotionally tinged this time around. Throughout the journey you'll be to more exposed to the personal thoughts and feelings of the characters than in previous titles. And rest assured the terrffic voice work from past games is still around, and in full form, making these moments worthy of empathy, and instrumental in bringing more life to characters.

Graphically there isn't much to write home about as this is a nine year old game, and it is beginning to show its age. But the Half-Life series' famous art design continues to intruige the eyes and mind so unless you're generaly abhorred by older graphics, they shouldn't dampen your enjoyment of the game. All in all, Episode 2 successfully continues to carry the torch of its predecessors and takes the Half-Life series into some interesting, albeit minimal, fresh terrain.
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SCOPE
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Product received for free
Great game, Hope Valve makes HL3, plz make it, PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
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Valaryon
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
More HL? YES!
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It's Okay!
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
johnny rocket travels to the space jam universe in search of answers abuot what happened to his online gf. little did he know that white aliens* (*not racist) stolled away his beloved love. now it's time... for rEVENGE! team up with an unlikely balding man and his colleague: slightly less balding man and become assisted by not as much balding man but also kind of black and launch THE OFFICIAL JOHNY ROCKET TO DESTROY THE COMBINE HURAAAAAAAAAAAH. featuring all the guns and most of the characters from the pilot and episode 1, this version boasts numerous breathtaking scripted sequences including:
DOG VS STRIDER
DOG VS WALL
DOG VS BERNIE SANDERS
and many more (to come)...

game comes with:
One (1) digital Steam copy of Half Life 2: Episode Two

what are you reading this for, go play luigis mansion right now, and see you on the battle field soldering iron!
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The Pumpkin Melon (e)
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
The black guy dies.
10/10, GabeN is racist
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DavG25
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Nice two!
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Johnny Takigero
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Such a fantastic game, can't wait for the sequel!
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Jimogwa
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Well, I would give it a good rating, IF THIS PIECE OF S**T WORKED. And no, nothing is wrong with my computer, I can run any other source game just fine. Refund pls Gaben
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Rymidbulk03
( 28.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
is there a way to play the beta
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Toki
( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
still waiting for episode 3.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
44 of 47 people (94%) found this review helpful
53 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
HL1 = 11-8-1998
HL2 = 11-16-2004

Ep. 1 = 2006
Ep. 2 = 2007

6 years from HL1 to HL2, 2 years from HL2 to Ep. 1, 1 year from Ep. 1 to Ep. 2.

6+2+1= 9 years

2007 + 9 years = 2016.

HL1 and HL2 ( the base games due to the fact ep 1 and 2 were based off HL2 ) were both released in November and both were released on multiples of 8, 8 and 16, which means the next will be in November on a multiple of 8 (8,16,24) so the 24, in 2016.

Half Life 3 will be released on November 24, 2016...
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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Product received for free
*(In-game dialogue)*
Rebel: So have you ever used an AR2 before?
Refugee: AR2? Nooo... Now, an AR3, sure. plenty of times.
Rebel: There is no such thing as an AR3.

...

Moral: GabeN can't even make an assault rifle with '#3' tag on it, let alone release HL3 and other '#3' related games. I understand now the #3 must be a source of evil. <3 gabeN's sequential logic!

(:edit:19may:)
I accidentally tick the box 'Product received for free'.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Some days I can see it.

On the steam front page.

Half-Life: 3

One day.

One day it will be there.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Half-Life 2: Episode Two continues the human resistances fight against the Combine, with you once again playing the role of Gordon Freeman. It takes place immediately following the occurrences of Episode One, and contains somewhere between 4-5 hours of quality content depending on how you play it.

Episode Two does a great job progressing the title through every aspect when compared to Episode One, just like Episode One did in comparison to the base game. With Episode Two you will find slightly updated visuals by the way of textures and lighting, various new mechanics, and a couple of new enemies and weapon types. However, the narrative is easily what develops the most, which is at the same time the most frustrating part of this installment. Great strides were made into understanding the plot, you become more invested than ever, and then BOOM! Everything is stopped in its tracks, a huge cliff hanger occurs, and nearly a decade later there is no extension to the series. I took all the self-control I had to get this far still writing a genuinely informative review, so I'm just going to let it all out now.

Personal Rating: ♥♥♥♥ YOU VALVE (10)/10

The Combine gather, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall find no medkits, hold no ammo, father no children. I shall wear no helmets and win no glory. I shall live and die with the vortigaunts. I am the crowbar in the darkness. I am the researcher in the labs. I am the missile that burns against the Combine, the light that brings the end of their days, the siren that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Lambda Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
I've had to restart three times. But I don't care.

11/10 would restart again
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
THIS GAME IS THE BEST GAME I'VE EVER ENCOUNTERED

111/10

Two has 3 letters, hl3 confirmed.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
"Half-Life® 2: Episode Two is the second in a trilogy of new games created by Valve that extends the award-winning and best-selling Half-Life® adventure."

"second in a trilogy"

Release Date: Oct 10, 2007

screw you gaben.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Antlion Baby Killing Simulator 2007. Can't wait for the sequel!
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
I love everything to do with Half Life, but, my god, f*ck that final battle in Ep. 2.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
I like this game so much and i will gladly replay the series "when" half life 3 will be released.

Pros
+great atmosphere
+solid gameplay
+astonishing effects/particles
+deep storyline(for those who played the whole series including the half life 1 ones)
+complex and easy to learn level editor
+Fakefactory Cinematic Mod (without alyx/barney/kleiner/magnusson models)

Cons
-weird lightings/shaders on lowest settings
-a few bad physics sometimes ( this can be mostly noticed in half life 2 game)
-Fakefactory Cinematic Mod's Alyx model XD
-still waiting for Half Life 3

Pros related to Source Engine
+able to run games on PCs from 1998
+Source Film Maker

Cons related to Source Engine
-Half Life 3……………...…..






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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Now I understand why people want HL3 already. 10/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Sooooo when is Half-Life 2: The final episode coming out?
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 29
I think I'm gaining a little too much weight. I stood on my scale and it said "9 years". I don't know what that even means, but I'm hoping that no matter how much weight I gain it will be worth it in the end.




Update: My scale just broke
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
And again, not much to say. Episode Two continues where Episode One left off, and is so far the last game in the Half-Life series. Once again you have Alyx as a partner, though you'll spend a part of the game by yourself because of story reasons. There's also a lot more driving around this time. It's about as long as Episode One so if you liked Half-Life 2 and Episode One, you'll probably like this. Though be warned, once you finish this game, you WILL be frustrated with the fact that Valve still hasn't come out with Episode Three or Half-Life 3 yet.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
OMG HALF-LIFE E2!!!!!!!

CAN'T WAIT FOR HALF-LIFE 3 TO COME OUT




























i wish.....
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
The ending is just too much to handle! Cannot wait to play the next sequence! Do not bother launching it until it is enjoyable!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
-Half-Life game
-As fun as HL2
-HUGE cliffhanger
-Concept art exists of the next game
-No official announcement
-I cry myself to sleep every night
-plz valve
-Half-Life 3
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
HELL ♥♥♥♥ING YES! Episode 2 comes out and kicks even more ♥♥♥ than episode 1 did! It now has more story, ♥♥♥-kicking, and better graphics and physics! Valve continues making the best damn FPS ever!

Graphics: So most people would think that because its using the Source engine still would like the same. Well hell no it doesn't! The updated the graphics in the game and now it looks even better than it did before! You have higher resolution textures all over the place. Improved models on some of the characters and improved textures on them. Such as the G-man who now looks ♥♥♥♥ing real. A whole new ♥♥♥♥ing particle system that improves the blood a whole punch and not to mention makes almost anything using particles a whole lot better looking. The green laser beam on the alien slaves no longer looks ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ but rather smooth and good looking. The fire is no longer just a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ sprite and is now done with particles and looks a ♥♥♥♥ing billion times better. Not to mention, Fatty McGabe put in WAY improved lighting for the whole entire game and now it has ♥♥♥♥ing soft shadows which look ♥♥♥♥ing great! I can now zoom in on alex's black/asain ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ and jack off to some high resolution textures! Also the environments are now in the forest and hilly types areas with huge open outdoor environments which look ♥♥♥♥ing great. The trees look ♥♥♥♥ing amazing as well! The whole damn good looks improved big time and if you disagree then you are a ♥♥♥♥♥moking ♥♥♥♥♥♥. The art direction is excellent as always and makes the game look just awesome. Oh then there is the physics which have improved ♥♥♥♥ing ten fold! Buildings collapse and fall apart in hundreds of pieces and bridges bend and collapse. They basically just ♥♥♥♥ing improved the graphics alot. The physics still aren't good enough for Alex's face to warp when i smash her in the head with my crowbar. So the game looks damn good.
Sound: The sound again is ♥♥♥♥ING GREAT. The voice acting is top notch once again the dialog is just as good. Infact I would say the dialog was even better because its more interesting and its actually funny. Eli makes comments about how he wants you to bone his daughter and gordon is so going to do it. Hes gonna get that ♥♥♥♥♥ whether she likes or it not. He will stick his zero point gravy field manipulator inside of her. I've heard Gordon's ♥♥♥♥ is the size of a strider leg. Anyways the dialog and voice acting is top notch as always. They also updated the sounds for some of the weapons such as the pistol now has a better reloading sound. Then the music is all new and sounds ♥♥♥♥ing great. It plays right in the middle of while you are dominating some ♥♥♥♥♥es and it makes you want to ♥♥♥♥ing kill a strider then ram it in the G-mans ♥♥♥.

Gameplay: Holy dog ♥♥♥♥ they took an already great game and made it ten times better. So you travel through the forest to get to the main silo place at wherever and the whole way you kick ♥♥♥. You get to partner up with the vortigaunts and slaughter some stupid ant-lion aliens who deserve it. Then you kick zombie as well as solving all sorts of new physics puzzles mixed in with the action. The puzzles are also way more interesting to figure out then previously such as the balancing of the bridge so you can fly the damn car over it. You also get to kick tons of combine ♥♥♥ in the various areas you go to. Such as the house scene where you get trapped in and the house is getting shot up and you have to kick tons of ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥. Not to mention, you eventually get a car that is way better than the dunebuggy piece of ♥♥♥♥. This thing ♥♥♥♥ing flies and you can run over tons of people with it. Not to mention there is a new enemy called hunters which shoot these stupid spikes at you and then they explode. Not even they are a match for the car when i ♥♥♥♥ing floor them into a rock. The whole game just has tons of kick ♥♥♥ action sequences but none as good as the end. You drive around in your car shooter bombs at tons of striders as they lay waste to the buildings around you. It just ♥♥♥♥ing kicks ♥♥♥. The action in this game is just so damn good it makes you wonder how good episode 3 will be.

Story: So the story is greatly advanced in this game with the Gman coming around telling you what to do. Eli has abunch of ♥♥♥♥ to say about whats happening and then you get to see abunch of the stupid alien blob advisors who come around. Basically the story is continued and its damn good and damn well improved. Also they make tons of references to what happened at Black Mesa and how it relates to this ♥♥♥♥. Basically the story ♥♥♥♥ing rocks and they make it even better..I won't spoil it this time though because Im such a nice guy

Episode 2 ♥♥♥♥ing rocks your face 11/10
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