Half-Life 2 Reborn on NVIDIA SHIELD

SHIELD, Gaming News

In 1998, Valve Software set a new standard for storytelling in video games with Half-Life on PC. The game challenged the idea that story and character development are secondary to action in first-person shooters, and its sequel, Half-Life 2, raised the bar even higher with its masterfully told sci-fi narrative brought to life by its stunning Source Engine-powered visuals.

Now, NVIDIA SHIELD owners can experience the original and awesome Half-Life 2 in its entirety.

Half-Life 2 once again casts players as theoretical physicist turned action hero, Dr. Gordon Freeman. At the beginning of the sequel, he is awakened from stasis by a strange man in a suit known as the G-Man approximately two decades after the conclusion of the first game.

The G-Man immediately sends Freeman on a train headed to City 17, where he crosses paths with a memorable cast of characters including Resistance member Alyx Vance along with a nightmarish array of zombies, enemy soldiers, and parasitic alien headcrabs.

Building a rich story and setting is definitely a big part of what led Half-Life 2 to win over three dozen “Game of the Year” awards, but the gameplay itself certainly does not disappoint either. Storming through City 17’s abomination-filled streets clad in Freeman’s iconic HEV hazard suit—and reducing the heads of zombie aggressors to bits with a SPAS-12 shotgun—is just as satisfying as it was in the original Half-Life 2.

Thanks to the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor powering the SHIELD, Half-Life 2 has also never looked better. From the Source Engine-powered dynamic lighting illuminating the game’s grimy, dystopic settings to its impressively smooth frame rate, the visuals look just as good as you remember them on PC.

If you own an HDTV, Half-Life 2 is also an ideal game for firing up on the big screen, which can be done simply by enabling Console Mode on your NVIDIA SHIELD.

While FPS purists might argue that a mouse and keyboard is the only way to go with HL2, the game’s controls actually work quite well on NVIDIA SHIELD as they have been specifically optimized for its controller.

You can also tweak your controller settings to fit your particular playstyle including adjusting your horizontal and vertical sensitivity, toggling optional features like sticky sprint, and even customizing your primary button layout.

If you've never played Half-Life 2 or just want to revisit what many regard as one of the best games of all time, now you can take Valve’s timeless shooter with you wherever you go.

The NVIDIA SHIELD version of Half-Life 2, which includes all 14 gripping chapters of its single-player campaign,is now available to download from TegraZone for $9.99.

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