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Valve: Next Half-Life Game Needs to be Terrifying

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Those headcrabs used to be pretty scary, but they probably wouldn't cut it any longer.

Still waiting for the next installment of Half-Life. So are we. While Valve isn't saying anything about the Half-Life 3 or Episode 3, we now have reason to believe that it'll be a scary affair.

Speaking to Edge magazine, according to CVG, Valve boss Gabe Newell said, "I feel like we've gotten away from genuinely scaring the player more than I'd like, and it's something we need to think about, in addition to broadening the emotional palette we can draw on."

While Newell didn't mention a specific upcoming Half-Life specifically, it was clear that the developer was thinking carefully about how to scare the series' core fans: "The death of their children. The fading of their own abilities."

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    Herr_Koos , 30 March 2010 15:24
    What scares me more than anything Valve does, is how long they are going to make me wait before releasing the next Half-Life..
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    praetorianguard , 30 March 2010 16:04
    Herr_KoosWhat scares me more than anything Valve does, is how long they are going to make me wait before releasing the next Half-Life..


    True, but it's always worth the wait.
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    shurcooL , 30 March 2010 17:01
    Ahh jeez, I hope they don't turn it into 24/7 Ravenholm. I hated that level.
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    Herr_Koos , 30 March 2010 17:02
    shurcooLAhh jeez, I hope they don't turn it into 24/7 Ravenholm. I hated that level.


    Agreed, it was a bit yucky.
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    Herr_Koos , 30 March 2010 17:49
    Rab1d-BDGRNot really found HL series to be scary... I was probably too busy marvelling at how amazing the game-play graphics and storyline were...I wonder what is taking them so long... maybe this episode will be a bit longer then the last two?


    I have a feeling they we're planning Episode 3, got bogged down doing other stuff, and have now decided to go straight to HL3. It would make more sense since the Source engine is starting to show its age.
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    Vampyrbyte , 30 March 2010 18:07
    Herr_KoosI have a feeling they we're planning Episode 3, got bogged down doing other stuff, and have now decided to go straight to HL3. It would make more sense since the Source engine is starting to show its age.


    Who cares what engine it uses! Just get on and make it already!!!!! I dont care if it uses GoldSRC or like its a mod of Wolf3D! just get the game out!
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    r3t4rd , 30 March 2010 18:24
    Have anyone of you ever played the original HL back when it was released? Some of you were probably learning your basic addition and subtraction. Back then HL was revolutionizing. So many points in the game that just made my hair on my back stand up (err I am not that hairy..really). Playing HL back in 1998 in my 6ftX6ft PC room with full sourround sound pounding was scary. Nowadys you have L4D, Silent Hill, etc. Its just not scary anymore. It would really be nice if Valve can capture those creepy, suspensful, spine tingling, and hair raising moments again.
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    malphas , 30 March 2010 20:12
    The original Half-Life was unlike anything anyone had seen before in a game, but even so after the initial shock of the headcrabs you quickly learned they were just a minor nuisance. What made Half-Life great was the variety of puzzles, interaction with NPCs, the (apparant) intelligence of enemies, etc., when up until this point FPSers hadn't really progressed since Doom.

    I haven't been nearly as impressed with the HL2 games, the Alyx thing feels contrived and patronising, Valve spend way too much time analysing and refining everything to the point where any half-intelligent person can predict the puzzles and obstacles you're going to face long before they even happen. The plot has went absolutely nowhere, and just bores me now in the same way Lost did. The humour in the games has went drastically downhill, etc. etc.
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    roots , 30 March 2010 21:35
    Herr_KoosWhat scares me more than anything Valve does, is how long they are going to make me wait before releasing the next Half-Life..


    Rather the wait than some half assed console port or software that should be still in beta, like most other games that are released these days!
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    kyzar , 30 March 2010 23:18
    Starcraft II
    Gran Turismo 5
    Half Life 3 / EP3 (whatever it ends up being called)

    Wish I could drool after games that don't have insane development cycles :D 

    HL2 wasn't as scary as the original, but I found the story completely engaging. The frenetic pace of the car vs tripods battle in EP2 is brilliant and although not scary in a headcrab-on-your-face way, it certainly got my pulse racing more than almost any other game I've played in a very long time. HL2 is almost alone (San Andreas being the other) in being a game I have completed many times and still come back to.
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    LePhuronn , 31 March 2010 01:13
    kyzarHL2 is almost alone (San Andreas being the other) in being a game I have completed many times and still come back to.


    Funny, because I found San Andreas to be over-the-top in terms of its scale. Vice City is the one I keep returning to.

    But yes, I keep returning to Half Life - in fact I've been holding off on my marathon HL game because Black Mesa Source STILL isn't finished.
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    chechak , 4 April 2010 03:08
    maybe they are working on Episode 3 and new engine for HALF LIFE 3