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Half Life 1 was great, Half Life 2 is the most overrated piece of shit ever created. If you remove the "good story" and "amazing narrative" you realize it is a subpar FPS with bad AI that consists of enemy troops not even bothering to take cover, tons of scripted events, false promises that were never lived up to, soulless NPCs, relatively boring guns and weapons, and on the other hand a forced, awful gravity gun gimmick.
The fact alone that people praise a game that forced you to endure a boring, drawn out airboat ride followed by an equally boring buggy ride, in each case target shooting barely sentient troops is really bizarre and quite frankly depressing to me. I've played much criticized console FPS games that are older by a few years, such as Turok Evolution, that have more solid narratives, creative weapons, and better enemy AI than Half Life 2. That is SINCERELY depressing and I am not being sarcastic in the least.
On top of that I don't even think the story makes sense, it is incredible to me all the absurdities they extrapolated from the first game "Oh, because Gordon Freeman launched that rocket in the first game, X happens." It is blatantly obvious that was never intended when the first game was made, and was soullessly extrapolated as an excuse for a hackneyed plot for the second game. On top of that, it seems that a rather large aspect of the supposed plot is fan speculation that at the end the creators just decided was true, because so much shit is never explained in the game.
In the end, even if the game did have an amazing story, I am going to rate Half Life 2 as a /GAME/ and judge it on it's /GAME/ mechanics and the quality of said mechanics first and foremost. If it fails to live up to those, I do not give a shit about how amazing the story is. Maybe if we're talking about an RPG or an Action-Adventure game, like Final Fantasy or Zelda, the quality of the story and narrative would count more towards my overall rating of it, but if we're talking about FPS or RTS games, I judge primarily on game mechanics first before story. FPS and RTS games can be great games even if they have shit stories, not so much visa-versa.