OK, i'm going to be serious, I like some Valve games (Half Life 1, TF2 (the game itself, not the community) one of the things I honestly don't understand is the hype over HL2, a few months ago, I thought HL2 looked cool from the trailers and screenshots, and there was a lot of love for the game over several websites, So I tried it out. Needeless to say, the game disappointed me, the first half, instead of being progressively good, shifts from somewhat fun (the airboat chase and the intro to the game) to extremely boring (going through sewers solving valve puzzles), the second half of the game was pretty decent, however, the AI in the resistance in Anti-Citizen One is so bad that I got in hallways at least 3 times and I was forced to restart the game. The ending of the game was also extremely abrupt and left a bad taste in my mouth, it SCREAMED to me that Valve just wanted your money if you wanted to keep on with the story. They should have at least give it a proper ending instead of a giant cliffhanger that said to people; "Will Alyx die? spend 10 bucks to find out!", The game also had problems with enemy variety, there were no real bosses that you had to THINK on how to use the environment to kill said boss like in HL1, the actual present enemies were mostly tiny gadgets that weren't fun to kill at all (manhacks), and the story was just 1984; the video game, the only real good things that made this game stand out was the atmosphere of the first ~10 minutes of the game and the soundtrack (most of which was re-used from HL1).
The gravity gun also wasn't really that special, it was fun for the first 5 minutes but having an entire chapter dedicated to it got old extremely fast.
So tell me, NG am I missing something? because I think this is no where near the holy grail of FPS's let alone PC gaming in general, if anything, that title should go to HL1 as it was dozens of times better than it's sequel, whose beta looked more like a fuller, funner sequel, but for some reason beyond my head the Valve team scraped a large portion of content that would of made this game so much better (more depressing atmosphere, Morpha boss, several enemies that would have just been cool to have like Combine assassins or the fish monster things from HL1)