It's been almost 5 years since we all played Half-Life, which remains the finest single-player game I have ever experienced. For the past couple of years, I've kind of been focussed on playing games on the PS2 and (more recently) the GameCube, and I've pretty much ignored games on the PC except for an occasional game of Links with my brother online. So the buzz for Half-Life 2 has gotten pretty buzzy lately, so I thought I check out what's what.
Oh. My. God. So I just watched the demo that the Valve guys (the developers) gave at E3, and it is without a doubt the most impressive display of interactive graphics and gameplay I have ever seen. I don't toss compliments like that around like chicken feed ... I mean it's jaw-dropping unbelievable. The file itself is a 610MB (!) Quicktime movie, but I can't recommend it enough: it's worth the wait and registering for fileplanet. Go to Planet Half-Life and download the first video on the page (the "Download GameSpy's Exclusive Half-Life 2 Gameplay Video" one), wait a few hours, and then watch. It's about 22 minutes long, and it's just incredible. If you want me to put it on a CD for you (and I, like, interact with you in meatspace) just let me know. Oh, the "Source DirectX 9.0 Trailer" further down the page is a good movie too.
They're still saying that the game will be released on Sep 30 for PC and XBox, but don't count on it. I'd be happy if it was out by Christmas. It's time to give the underused Radeon 9700 in my machine something to live for!