A bunch of them really held up, and I'm glad to have played them. To start this post off I'll just write a blurb about the single player games I completed and add games as I go. Maybe this could be a "book club" style of thread if people are interested in playing along or just look for recommendations.
In no particular order:
With a finally completed "1.0" version of the game I decided to sit down and give this one a play through and I was impressed. Impressed enough to say it really captures the feel of the original Half-Life game so well that there is no real reason to go back and play the original (or its awful "source" version) if you already own this one.
The visuals were really amazing with all the settings turned up, but the game still truly felt like one of the series. I love games that have a complementary set of achievements to go along with them - Nothing too tedious or difficult, but not a whole lot that gives itself up without a tiny bit of effort. I like achievements in single player games to help me track my progress in them or help me know which games I've finished before.
The Xen maps in this game were actually very fun and well made, probably better than the originals.
Nowadays this game probably gets zero recognition, and that is probably okay. For some reason I remember the marketing on this one as "Bringing back action sidescrollers with parkour and stuff." as the main selling point. Microsoft really liked this project of theirs at the time. This game went on sale years ago and I grabbed it for a few bucks and it sat in my library collecting e-dust until recently.
It's quite entertaining for what it is, it delivers what it promises and it's about 6-7 hours long for a single play through. I enjoyed it. I also started to take some screenshots around this time for fun.
Half-Life 2: Episode One
If you know about this website, you know about this game. I'm glad to report it's just as fun as you remember it and it holds up amazingly well in gameplay as well as graphics. Like all timeless game engines, you can turn this one up to 4K with no issues or extra patching and reap all the benefits.
Play through it again for nostalgia's sake and you won't regret it! Again, some screenshots.
Half-Life 2: Episode Two
Basically the exact same as the mini-review above, but with a different set of screenshots.
Half-Life 2: Episode Three
Lol, you fools.
Haven't played this in so long and I figured since I played through the other Valve series, I'd throw this one into the mix as well. Holds up very well, just as you remember it. Screens.
That's it for now! I'm just about done another game that I'll post up here once I actually finish it but I encourage some of you gamer nerds to share what you've been playing lately!Art of Rally
This game is an absolute delight.
It's a tough game to get the hang of, but once you have it and you pair it with it's absolutely amazing soundtrack you can play for hours without noticing how much time has passed. The visuals, game engine, and overall aesthetic of the game is minimalist.
If you're into actual rally cars and racing there are many not-so-subtle nods to the sport and Easter eggs to unlock.
I'm not a controller guy, but this game does play better with a controller due to variable throttle control.