The modern player may not immediately understand what is so special about Half-Life 2, but everything becomes clear if we compare the project with its "peers" - games that were released in the same year and even a few years later. The project in 2004 achieved an incredible level of quality of graphics and, more importantly, physics.
In projects that are released today, and even those that were released in the early 2010s, object physics is commonplace. But back then, Valve revolutionized things with a sequel to one of its most successful games. Objects reacted to hits and shots, had weight - spatial physics puzzles were even added to demonstrate.
At the same time the main gameplay aspect was not lost in quality - even now Half-Life 2 feels like a great shooter, moderately complex, dynamic and diverse, despite the corridor. The developers adopted a number of successful solutions, thanks to which each episode is very different from the previous and the next - this contributed to the elaboration of the locations, a variety of enemies, diluting action puzzles and non-trivial tasks.
The advantages of the game:
Even now the game looks great in every aspect - it is hard to call it outdated, as a well-made product ages very slowly. But even if you are used to much more beautiful and realistic shooters, you should not miss such a cult project.
The game received several addon sequels in the form of small episodes - they are the direct continuation of the story and reveal the lore and plot from the additional sides.
You should try Half-Life 2 if you:
Despite the fact that Half-Life 2 was released more than 16 years ago, it still has something to surprise the player at a time when almost all genres have been "taken over" by open worlds, huge maps and lots of extra activities that make no sense for the development of the story.