Popular first-person shooter Half-Life confirmed for PlayStation 2.
Sierra Studios and Gearbox have recently made an announcement that should come as music to the ears of first-person shooter fans everywhere. Half-Life, the title that made headlines as one of the highest quality first-person shooters ever made, is to be available for Sony's PlayStation 2. The popular title will be released in the second quarter of 2001. The upcoming PlayStation 2 title boasts additional gameplay modes, including cooperative, deathmatch, and multiplayer. Further enhancements over previous editions of this title are to include new maps, fresh characters and upgraded weaponry. Unfortunately for PlayStation 2 owners, despite all of these improvements, the PS2 version of Half-Life will be without the popular Blue Shift mission for its single-player mode, as it will remain an exclusive feature on the Dreamcast version of the shooter. The title's online gameplay is still somewhat up in the air, as Sierra could not comment on whether or not the game was to include this feature. Despite this,
Sierra stated that an announcement on this topic will come sometime in the future.
"The advanced technology in the PlayStation 2 will allow us to take Half-Life's heart-racing action to the next level," commented Jim Veevaert, Sierra Studios' vice-president of marketing. He continued, "Given the popularity of the franchise, as well as the mind-blowing capabilities of the next-generation console, we fully expect Half-Life to be a marquee title for the PlayStation 2."
Rand Pitchford, the director of Gearbox Software, had this to say about the announcement, "Gear Box Software's intimate relationship with Valve Software and the Half-Life universe, matched with the power of the PlayStation 2 and our growing experience as next-generation console game developers, will carry us to deliver first-hand the greatest incarnation of the most important action game of our time." Mr. Pitchford's claims are optimistic to say the least, However, as he stated, it's well within the hardware power of the PlayStation 2 to deliver some incredible gameplay experiences for the player to enjoy.
11/17/2000 Bryan Keers