Somehow, I've yet to experience any of the Half-Life games, or their expansions. Don't be like me. Half-Life 2: The Orange Box, which also includes both expansion packs, Team Fortress 2, and the cult-classic Portal, can be grabbed off Cool Shop for just £10.99.
However, if you're just in the mood for some pure Half-Life 2, sans delicious side-orders, then it can be bought off Steam for the meager price of only £4.89. Matt stuck this deal up a couple of days back but here's the link again in case you missed it.
Half-Life 2 is a bona fide masterpiece. Apparently. As I mentioned, I've yet to play it, and this haunts my dreams. However, I think the millions of the blessed gamers who have played Half-Life 2 can attest to its majesty. 96 on MetaCritic, an identical score for the Orange Box package, and enough Game of the Year awards to stage a Nobel Prize charge. The bundled games, like Portal, which I have thankfully played and can assure you is a wonderfully mind-bending little title, and Team Fortress are also hugely popular, with the latter a great hit on the online multiplayer stage.
Set in the dystopian aftermath to the original. Our planet has been captured by the unimaginably powerful alien empire, known as the Combine, who control the population by trapping them in force-field bordered Cities, such as City 17, where hero Gordon Freeman arrives at via train. It was Freeman's actions in the original Half-Life game that resulted in the Combine's take-over, so he sets off to remove them from power, helped along the way by iconic allies like Alyx and Eli Vance. He'll battle Combine soldiers, enormous antlion beasts, and the infamous head-crabs.
Half-Life 2 is considered one of, if not the, best game of all time. And at either £4.89, or £10.99 with a bagful of expansions and additional games included, you'd be mad to not somehow find the funds to pick them up. Unless you're like me. And, trust me, you don't want to be.