Stepan Yurov's animated recap of Half-Life 2 isn't just a cute exercise in fan art. It's a reminder that the series' sound effects are iconic..
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Sometimes it's easy to forget how awesome Half Life 2 is when all you remember are the very long vehicle sequences. That video sure is a good reminder.
Just because Alex isn't the result of some 13-year-old male's wish-fulfillment doesn't make her a good character, even when you factor in the unlimited ammo and good aim. She's passable, maybe. I sure don't buy her as a post apocalyptic survivor turned revolutionary. She's far to quick to accept Freeman emotionally, which breaks immersion for me and doesn't give me anything to work for. She's a poor counterpoint to Gordon Freeman's strong silent type.