Posted April 29, 2010
cheeseslice73: Your mileage may vary, but Half-Life is a difficult game to measure the importance of, because so many of the features that made it stand out from the crowd back then are just "how things are done in first person shooters these days".
Everything about it at the time was just sublime though. Present day (now past) black ops setting, unusually restrained protagonist, cleverly AI'd military soldiers (I still remember the first time one lobbed a grenade at me to flush me out of cover), and a wide variety of weapons from the beautifully mundane (crowbar) to the enjoyably ridiculous (snarks, hornetgun, laser gun thingy).
Shogo stood out to me at the time only because it was the closest thing I'd ever seen to an manga-styled game, and IIRC, it would soon be displaced by Bungie's "Oni".
Ooh, Oni. BRB, Gotta go vote for that on the list of games I'd love to see on GoG :)
I was about to write a lengthy post on why I don't think Half-Life deserves more than a 80-85% Meta-Critic score, even considering when it was released, but the only thing that could have accomplished would be starting a lenghty and extremely pointless discussion with a decent chance of a flamewar. Let's just agree to disagree on how good HL is and was.
Oni is IMO Bungie's best game, better than any of the other games discussed in this thread so far.