In the wake of Valve dismissing the rumours of Half-Life 2 episode 3 being revealed as the “surprise” replacement for Portal 2 at E3, there are three reasons why we just don’t care about this sequel any more.
Reason 1: It’s been three years
Three years have passed since the second episode of Half-Life 2 was released: an acceptable length of time to wait for an original IP or even a full-blown sequel, but this is a third iteration of souped-up episodic content, and Valve has lost any momentum it might have had in this protracted window. Even the most partisan Half-Life fan will feel their loyalty tested.
Reason 2: We don’t get it any more
Things began to unravel in Episode 2 and not to our liking either. We can’t nail exactly where it lost its way, but by the time the climactic ending with Alyx crying and Dog coming to the rescue came around, we had no idea what this game was about any more. Just tell us who G-Man is, dammit.
Reason 3: It’s just too old
Source, as sexy as it was back in 2004, is old. We admire Valve for creating a piece of technology as innovative and as efficient as this engine, but it’s time to retire it from triple-A service. Episode 3 may still arrive to a fanfare sometime in the future, but at the very least it will need a new engine to capture our imagination.