Half-Life 2: Episode One Launches on Tegra K1 Exclusively for the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

SHIELD, Gaming News

Originally released on PC in 2006, Half-Life 2: Episode One is the direct sequel to Valve’s seminal sci-fi first-person shooter, Half-Life 2, which takes place immediately after the cataclysmic events that unfold in that game.

Now the full PC version of Half-Life 2: Episode One has launched on Android exclusively for the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet.

At the beginning of Half-Life 2: Episode One, players awaken from a state of unconsciousness as Dr. Gordon Freeman who finds himself outside of the Citadel buried underneath a pile of rubble.

Freeman is immediately reunited with his ally Alyx Vance who is accompanied by a robotic companion named Dog built by her father Eli Vance. Freeman and Alyx must attempt to make it out of the city alive while battling the Combine, a hostile race of transhuman beings that take a variety of forms from humanoid soldiers to disgusting larvae-like beasts known as Advisors.

One of the biggest shifts in Half-Life 2: Episode One is its emphasis on using the Zero Point Energy Field Manipulator, or gravity gun—a powerful tool that allows Freeman to manipulate objects in his surroundings to overcome obstacles and solve puzzles. While Freeman can wield more traditional weaponry in the game including a shotgun, pistol and his trusty crowbar, the gravity gun can also be used as a weapon to pull enemies and objects towards it and then violently launch them into the air.

Half-Life 2: Episode One is every bit as visually stunning on the Tegra K1-powered NVIDIA SHIELD tablet as it is on PC. It boasts richly detailed graphics and effects built on Valve’s Source engine, which has been revamped for Episode One with new graphical features including high dynamic range rendering and an upgraded facial animation system among other visual enhancements.

On the SHIELD tablet, the game requires that you play with a SHIELD controller. You can also manually map your entire SHIELD controller’s button layout and adjust your horizontal and vertical sensitivity to suit your preferred play style.

Half-Life 2: Episode One is an ideal experience for playing on the big screen, too. If you own an HDTV, you can enable Console Mode on your SHIELD tablet by plugging it into your TV’s HDMI port with a mini-HDMI to HDMI cable.

If you missed the previous game in the series—or just want to refresh yourself on its storyline before jumping into Half-Life 2: Episode One—you can still download Half-Life 2 from the SHIELD Hub and TegraZone.

Half-Life 2: Episode One is now available to download from both the SHIELD Hub and TegraZone. If you purchase a new 32 GB 4G LTE SHIELD tablet this holiday season, Half-Life 2: Episode One is one of three free Valve games you’ll get as part of the Green Box gaming bundle that also features Half-Life 2 and Portal.

Like this story? Get more on NVISION!