Half-Life 2: Episode One is a science fiction first person shooter sequel to Half-Life.
It is the first installment of Valve’s episodic trilogy series.
Published by Electronic Arts, the retail version of the game was released in June 2006, and also online via steam.
Half-Life 2: Episode one is developed by Valve Corporation and is powered by their Source Engine technology.
Half-Life 2: Episode One - The Citadel
Half-Life 2: Episode One is a standalone release and is also available in The Orange Box package which includes Team Fortress 2 and Portal.
Since this is an episode from the Half-Life 2 trilogy, the player once again takes the perspective of Dr. Gordon Freeman, who continues to fight against the Combine with his companion Alyx Vance while the struggle against the alien creatures and life-forms continues.
Gordon Freeman is a scientist who is involved with a catastrophic event in the classic Half-Life in a Laboratory called Black Mesa, which opens a portal between an unknown universe and the planet earth. After the accident Gordon tries to escape the facility and attempts to close the portal between the dimensions, but the story ends with a mysterious man called G-Man giving him a choice between Employment and death, after which he puts Freeman into stasis. Half-Life 2 picks up unknown years after the accident in Black Mesa and starts with G-man taking out Gordon from the stasis and sending him to a town called City 17, where humanity is enslaved by the Combine. At the end of Half-Life 2 just before an explosion engorges Freeman and Alyx, G-man appears again and relocates Gordon Freeman at a save destination putting him into stasis again.
Half-Life 2: Episode One - Alyx being instructed by Isaac
Half-Life 2: Episode One starts just after that explosion from which Gordon was saved by the G-Man. Alyx was rescued from the explosion by the Vortigaunts. After that Gordon Wakes up and finds Alyx next to him, who was extremely relieved to see him alive. After they reunite, the player takes control of Gordon Freeman.
Half-Life: Episode One introduces a lot of new enhancements and upgrades in Valve’s Source Engine. One of them is the High-Dynamic Range Technology, which makes the outdoor lightening look realistic. Environments and indoor scenes look a lot better now with the HDR Technology, which adds a brand new atmosphere to the experience. The Source Engine has been enhanced with new advanced artificial intelligence technology and new rendering technology, which delivers awesome looking environments and character interaction.
Half-Life 2: Episode One - High-Dynamic Range Technology
When you take the control of Gordon Freeman, Alyx will guide you into scripted tutorial sequences, to show you the mechanics of the game play. There is a lot of “Team Work” as Alyx will be your companion most of the time, as her artificial intelligence has been specifically designed for cooperative game play, which delivers a much better gaming experience than walking alone in the dark, killing enemies. Examples of her “Team Work” can be seen in combat scenes - providing cover and taking up tricky positions to knock the enemies off. Despite all the new features, the game-play technology combines the same combat challenges and puzzle sequences based on physics.
Half-Life 2: Episode One - Alyx Vanse in Action
After all, if you have been a Half-Life fan all these years, you will definitely like the episodic series. Despite the five to six hours of game play (which is a little short in length), it also offers some new improvements in the engine, and the whole new story telling. In general the only new thing in this episode is the continuing story of the franchise, but any way it’s a must for all Half-Life adorers.