“Wake up, mister Freeman” has become a meme phrase today, thanks in particular to the hilarious Italian dubbing of the time, however it was with these words of G-Man addressed to the protagonist Gordon Freeman which was taking off Half-Life 2still considered one of the greatest masterpieces in videogame history.
Exactly 18 years ago, on November 16, 2004, the classic of Valve made its debut on PC redefining the concept of FPS and giving players a deep, immersive adventure graced by gameplay studied down to the smallest detail, which skilfully exploited the realistic physics of the many interactive elements on the screen. Half-Life 2 was practically unanimously praised by critics and the public in its original version, to then land in 2005 also on the first Xbox thanks to a state-of-the-art conversion.
In subsequent years, Valve will also release two popular expansions for the game, Episode One ed Episode Twothen collected together with the base game in the famous The Orange Box (collection also including Portal e Team Fortress 2). However, despite the countless requests from fans, Valve has never achieved the much desired Half-Life 3on the contrary canceling several projects connected to the brand (including the expansion Episode Three always connected to the second episode).
The brand is back in vogue thanks to Half-Life Alyx in 2020, a project published on PC and designed entirely for VR capable of obtaining great acclaim. While awaiting news on the possible PlayStation VR2 version of Half-Life Alyx, in the recent past Valve has hinted that it won’t be another 13 years before we see a new Half-Life in action.
For now, all that remains is to celebrate one of the most important video games ever: what memories do you have of Gordon Freeman’s iconic adventure?