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Half-Life 2: The Best Deal In Gaming 
by David Hansen October 10, 2005

Are you a PC gamer looking to get the most bang for his buck?

If you’re anything like me, then your optimal gaming experience sounds a little something like “unlimited replay value, killer graphics, perfect gameplay, decent price.”

It is my opinion that Valve, maker of Half-Life 2, has brought us the optimal experience. For $59.95 you get the Half-Life 2 Silver Package, which includes:

  • Half-Life 2
  • Counter Strike: Source
  • Day of Defeat: Source
  • Half-Life 2: Deathmatch
  • Half-Life: Source
  • Condition Zero
  • Condition Zero: Deleted Scenes
  • Codename Gordon
  • Counter Strike
  • Half-Life
  • Half-Life: Blue Shift
  • Team Fortress Classic
  • Day of Defeat
  • Death Match Classic
  • Opposing Force
  • Ricochet
  • soon to be released HL2: Lost Coast
  • soon to be released HL2: Aftermath

When I think about how much content Valve provides all in one package, all I can think is that they are good Samaritans – This isn’t old junk that nobody wants bundled up and pretending to have value; half of these are state-of-the-art games and all of them rank among the best games ever made. There are 18 games in all, 9 are single player, 9 are online multiplayer. Valve could easily charge an arm and a leg and gamers would go for it.

For an idea of how popular these games are, Day of Defeat: Source alone has upwards of 2,000 servers dedicated to servicing multiplayer games.

That’s just where things begin, the real gold-nugget is the modding community. Valve throws in a development kit so that gamers can make their own characters, weapons, levels, skins, and even entirely new games. There are hundreds of games in the works based on the Half-Life 2 Source engine, and the vast majority of these games are given to players to download for free.

For $59.95 you get hundreds of games, with infinite variations and the ability to make your own.

That’s the best deal in gaming.


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