Half-Life 2: How are you getting it?

In: Fun|Personal

14 Nov 2004

3 more days to Half-Life 2. The wait is killing me. I’m also mulling over how I should get Half-Life 2. Should I get the cheaper Standard Edition (SGD69.90) that comes in a whopping 6 CDs (5 + 1 for CS:Source), or the Collectors’ Edition (SGD129.90) that comes in a convenient single DVD (plus a shirt and, I think, a strategy guide). Or perhaps getting it from Steam? The Gold package looks pretty sweet (and naturally, so does the price tag). But you do get a whole lot more gimmicks (because that’s what they are) sans a physical copy of the game itself. I guess I’m just not so comfortable with that (and the USD89.95 price tag).

So, take a look at the Half-Life 2 Package FAQ. Let me know what you are getting. It’s something to keep you occupied while you (we) wait.

(Anybody have any idea whether the Collectors’ Edition comes with the strategy guide? The Package FAQ I posted above has conflicting information – the first post says it comes with a “Prima book sampler”, the later press release says it comes with a “Half-Life 2 Prima strategy guide book”.)

11 Responses to Half-Life 2: How are you getting it?

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Anothermike

November 14th, 2004 at 9pm

Steam. I’m not cutting Vivendi in for my cash, I prefer not to finance extortionist middlemen.

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Nathan Wong

November 14th, 2004 at 10pm

I’d go with the DVD myself – though I’m not buying it. CS 1.6 is a nice game, CS Source looks awesome – but my computer won’t handle it. Only played half life for a few minutes before getting confused :p

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Anders

November 15th, 2004 at 12am

Bought it over Steam :)
I can’t wait :)

My laptop runs CounterStrike: Source at amazing framerates so i’m really exited about HL2 :)

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Ben

November 15th, 2004 at 12am

I went with the Gold Package ;) I’m a sucker for swag it seems, and of course this is via Steam.

I’ve seen a bunch of tutorials & a couple programs on the web to ‘back up your steam folder’ to a DVD. Once the game is released I would expect to see better formalized instructions on how to do this.

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Josh Luth

November 15th, 2004 at 1am

I’m just getting the basic package. a) its cheaper and I’m a cheap bastard and b) I have a circuit city gift card that I’m pretty sure steam won’t take

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nick

November 15th, 2004 at 3am

Either route you go, you end up with steam anyway. Buying the physical disk from a store just means you don’t need to download all the content over the net.

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Then Wolf

November 15th, 2004 at 3am

Slowly…

There isn’t any chance of me getting it for probably another five-six months.

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November 18th, 2004 at 10pm

….g….gah…..

….n-n-need Half-Life 2…

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