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Spoiled by fancy graphics, eh? I have to say, I have the same problem with many games. If you're looking for some way around that with HL, google "Black Mesa" to find an amazing remake of HL1, probably due out in '08. As far as a replay goes, I'll probably be too busy with World In Conflict and Crysis, but might work it in.
Back to being spoiled with fancy graphics, BG1/2 are two of the only games that I can really enjoy with outdated graphics. But, since they are the definition of perfection, I don't mind.
Life in Bogota is a lot like a big box of Colombian chocolates. You never know when you'll get blown up by the FARC.
Well, I tried to get into HL1's story and what-not but I didn't really see what was so good about the game. It felt like any old shooter. I think it's just overrated.
HL2 was good and I appreciated the clever use of the physics to create simple puzzles. The graphics were good but it also got me into the story because the characters looked much more real due to animations and higher detailed models.
I've replayed Fallout 2 and that's at 800x600 with low res textures. It's a great game, not because of the graphics, because of the story and interaction with characters. HL1 just didn't really have that for me and there aren't any good graphics to keep me semi-interested. Games like Call of Duty or Medal of Honor might hook me on graphics but I sure won't rave about how great the game play is. Some games are great for a play once and some games are played over and over.
Aye, big plot in 2, not so much in 1. The only issue is, you have to kinda go out of your way to listen/find out the plot. The setting for 2 is really what did it for me, the whole post-apolcolapse nightmare.