September 30, 2003, a date tattooed on to the eyeballs of every self-respecting PC gamer the world over. Holiday time was booked. Wives lent to sad loner neighbours for a week to get them out of the way. Children sold into slavery.
With 30 notes clutched in clammy hands, the masses waited for the release of Half-Life 2. Then some twat hacked into Valve's server and stole the source code, and we've been waiting impatiently ever since, wondering when we'll see this titan of a shooter finally hit the shelves. Some miscreants even lowered themselves to downloading the stolen code for a peek at what's in store. At the time of writing, we're still no more clued up about exactly when the game will appear. Valve is being very cagey on this subject, though they were kind enough to send us these three stunning exclusive shots for you to feast your eyes on. Nice, aren't they?
Surely though it can't be long. When we first saw the game back in March 2003 it was looking all but finished, which makes us think that the delay has more to do with the code theft than any major problems with the game itself. Concern over the security of multiplayer servers seems to be the reigning theory at present.
Thankfully, the code that was leaked onto the Net seems to be partial at best, reports suggesting it bears very little resemblance to the scintillating action we've seen at official showings. Someone may have stolen the game's engine, but they certainly haven't stolen its gameplay, nor, hopefully, its thunder.
The release date may be shrouded in mystery, but despite the delay and confusion, Half-Life 2 is still looking like being the most groundbreaking first-person shooter in years. It's coming, that you can be sure of, so keep that holiday time on standby and those pesky kids under lock and key for just a little while longer. This is one gaming experience you won't want interrupted.
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode