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  1. Half-Life 2: The Orange Box

    Aight, since I can't seem to edit the title of my original HL2 thread and I figure people might actually be interested in this..

    http://www.gamespot.com/news/6153984.html
    2:26 Valve's Gabe Newell is now on the stage to show us an updated trailer for Half-Life 2: Episode 2. There are some new images of a strider and smaller walker-like enemies decimating a group of human fighters in the forest. Otherwise, this is pretty much the same trailer we saw at the end of Episode 1. Newell talks about getting players out of City 17 in the next episode (duh), as well as giving them new weapons and new enemies to use them against. Looks like the Source engine will be getting a lot of upgrades in Ep 2. A "cinematic physics" system is coming from former Weta Digital employee Gray Horsfield, along with new particle systems, better foliage, and more.

    2:34 Newell's gone on to discuss the episodic-gaming business model. Short version: Valve likes it. It will even let them explore new types of gameplay in a new upcoming game called Portal (which seems to be a working title). It looks like they took the portal concept from Prey and slapped it on a gun--you can shoot them into walls and floors to solve all kinds of crazy puzzles, teleporting objects around and stuff. Looks like a total mindbender.

    TEAM FORTRESS 2. WHERE DID THIS COME FROM? Hey, they're still making it! It's got a totally exaggerated, crazy art style now. Looks a little like Spy vs. Spy or No One Lives Forever, kind of a '60s spy feel. It's going to be the included multiplayer mode in Episode 2! Class-based, etc. You know the drill. Great news for shooter fans. We all thought this game was dead years ago.


    And hey, Half-Life 2: Ep 2 will ship for Xbox 360 and PS3 simultaneously with the PC. The console games will basically include all of the HL2 back content, so you'll get everything on there that you can get on the PC. Who expected all this Valve news?
    :O
    Last edited by epmode; 19 Jul 2006 at 12:35 PM.

  2. TF2?

    Wow.

    Never expected that.

  3. Well...scrap getting the $8 HL2 @ Circuit City now.

  4. Quote Originally Posted by sonic6
    Well...scrap getting the $8 HL2 @ Circuit City now.
    Half Life 2 is unplayable on the 360. It will boot up and you can even start a game, but you will be unable to complete much of the game before the physics and pretty much everything else goes haywire.

  5. Go Valve.

  6. This is great but very weird at the same time. What's next, Duke Nuke em' finally coming out?

    PC Gamer also has a write- up on episode 2. They didn't mention anything else thats shipping with it, though.

  7. Getting 2/3 of a trilogy is kinda gay. Big yawn to the console news.

    I'm most surprised to hear that Valve is working on a completely original game, honestly. Never saw that coming while there's Half Life to milk.

  8. Quote Originally Posted by Frogacuda
    Getting 2/3 of a trilogy is kinda gay. Big yawn to the console news.
    What are you talking about? They'll release ep 3 when it drops... its just a way to catch up.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by Diff-chan
    What are you talking about? They'll release ep 3 when it drops... its just a way to catch up.
    You think they'll bother with a stand-alone Ep3 on the consoles? I dunno, it seems sort of silly not to do one, big "ultimate" package" when then trilogy is complete.

  10. Quote Originally Posted by Frogacuda
    You think they'll bother with a stand-alone Ep3 on the consoles? I dunno, it seems sort of silly not to do one, big "ultimate" package" when then trilogy is complete.
    Yes, I do.

    Or, gasp!, put it over XBLA/PS3 Download.

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