I haven't seen any hype about the unfinished parts, but I still regard the Half-Life series as the best story-based FPS in gaming history, with superb production values. No other shooter has come close when it comes to HL's plot and pacing. Seasoned FPS veterans may complain that the actual combat in HL leaves a lot to be desired, but I regard it as secondary, and I've never enjoyed myself more while being railroaded through a game story.
Half Life 1 was cool, I finished it more than once even though the horror side was lacking. HL2 on the other hand, was so boring I never finished it and never got to play the episodes even though I bought the Orange Box like 5 years ago.
If by story driven game you mean, actual driving for 30 minutes to get 5 minutes of some story then yeah, you're right.
But I guess it was an ok game in general, but I got bored of it after few hours. So I don't understand the hype for announcing H-L 3. It wouldn't really be anything super special, Portal 2 was fine, but not revolutionary, Left 4 Dead 2 was ok but it was really L4D 1 mod, that free Alien game got repetitive after few hours.
I can't understand why so many people are begging for this release like Valve was some kind of messiah and saviour of PC gaming.
I concur. If you think HL2 had a brilliant story ... oh dear. HL2's story was fitting for a B-movie at most. It was the veil of mystery that made it work - you had no idea what was going on and little by little you had to piece together the puzzle. But, seriously, let's look at the "story":
- aliens invaded earth
- you appear out of thin air. Why? No-one knows but they hint that G-Man is involved. Mystery mystery ...
- you stumble around and find the world truly fucked. Not much story here, just setting.
- you find Black Mesa + Alyx who all nerds drool over. Not much story here, just more explaining what has happened and discussing how to stop it.
And so the story goes on - it's very much "go to point B through A" and when you get there, you get some script sequences that aren't all that interesting nor special.
The setting was very well designed, however - the design of the aliens, the weapons, the sound (ESPECIALLY the sound - very unique and haunting) - but there's very little story. A 5 page booklet could have contained everything of essence.