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Read before you BUY....,
This review is from: Half-Life 2 - PC (CD-ROM)
"Listen carefully and read this review on Half-Life 2". I am a Half-Life junkie. I love the concepts and ideas that Half-Life embodies. But because I love it I must stay true to my self when I say that this is the worst game I have ever had the displessure of trying to run on my system. Dont misunderstand me the game looks and seems to be the best game ever created. But if your thinking it will be easy to get started you are deadly wrong. If your system is not powerfull enough, even if it meets the best requirements you will stil waste hours, yes hours trying to load the uselless steam aplication. The game has 5 disc. Every disc contains some part of data on it and must be loaded in back to back order which took me 30 min to complete. Once done you must first sign on to the internet to continue installing the game. God help any one who has a 56k and below. Once online good old steam will kick on. It will then load and register and download and load and stall and stop responding, for at least 4-6 hours. The game can only be played on line so forget it all togeather if you dont have the internet. Steam is tricky to figure out, its kind of like an on line browser for Half-Life 2. Needless to say after 6 hours of trouble shooting and making room and optimizing I have only seen the loading screen. I wont go into extra depth but take my word for it, be prepared to load for hours for slow graphics if your computer is weak. Even if you thought it was tough it is nothing compared to the power of Half-Life 2. One last suggestion save your money either for the X-box version, PS3 version, off line version, or a brand new computer with the works. Ive done my part in trying to warn you. Love it hate it whatever the case it will take alot of time patients and hope that it just might work on the next restart. Ive given up for now. I hope you dont have to join the ranks of those of us who will just have to wait to play it in all its glory...