There are no two jokes bigger in the gaming community than "Fallout 4 confirmed" and "Half-Life 3 confirmed". You're probably aware that Fallout 4 has recently stopped being a rumor/messed up joke to play on the internet, and has been officially confirmed by developer Bethesda!
Starting in November of this year, you'll be able to traverse the post-apocalyptic world once more! But while a new Fallout game with over 400 hours of gameplay and an endless story mode sounds incredible, people are still waiting on the glorious return of Half-Life—myself included!
Valve's notorious videogame property saw its last release in 2007, with Half-Life 2: Episode Two. Since then, everyone has been waiting for any announcement relating to Half-Life 3, and every year, we get nothing. It's gotten to the point where there are countless theories all related to the long-awaited third game's release.
Alas, while Fallout 4 finally became a reality, it doesn't look like we'll be getting a new Half-Life from Valve anytime soon. But what if we got it from another developer? Another developer that's really, really good at making games that fans clamor for?
I'm talking about Naughty Dog. The game company that brought us incredible games like Crash Bandicoot, the Jak and Daxter series, the Uncharted series, and The Last of Us may just be willing to bring us the next chapter in the Half-Life saga!
In an obviously joking tweet from Neil Druckmann, the Naughty Dog creative director called out Valve on their lack of Half-Life 3, and suggested that the developer hand it over.
The tweet, posted on September 10, was accompanied by a photo of actress Merle Dandridge, who voiced Marlene in The Last of Us and Alyx Vance in the Half-Life series.
Like I said, this is clearly a joke, a jab at Valve for not having any plans for another Half-Life. But that doesn't mean that it's impossible for Naughty Dog to be seriously considering taking over the Half-Life series. And honestly, as much as I loved what Valve did with the original Half-Life and its sequel, I would have no problem at all with ND developing the next one.
In fact, I would love it! But what would a Naughty Dog developed Half-Life be like? Well, Naughty Dog probably wouldn't make Half-Life 3 that different from the other games in the series. That being said, there are a couple of things present in almost every Naughty Dog game, that would most likely make into Half-Life 3 should the developer actually get their hands on it. Like what?
The world of Half-Life was already large, rich and unique, but Naughty Dog would be able to take that world and kick it up to an 11! Just look at The Last Of Us, the world is so rich and beautiful that you almost forget that you're in the middle of a zombie apocalypse sometimes.
Uncharted also has incredible environments. Every game takes you to a new country or island, full of treasures, ancient ruins and stunning jungles and cities. Even the Naughty Dog games of the PS2 era, like Jak and Daxter, have large and incredible settings.
With Half-Life 3, Naughty Dog could give us an incredible visual experience. It may be full of zombies, aliens and apocalyptic stuff, but at least it'll look beautiful!
A Richer, Cinematic Story
Naughty Dog is all about the rich, cinematic stories. Their games often feel a lot like playable movies, because there are so many things about them that you would expect from a film, not from a game. The characters are rich, multidimensional and easily lovable, and the acting and story is on par with a lot of good Hollywood films.
A great example of Naughty Dog's cinematic talent is The Last Of Us. The game is chock full of interesting characters with intriguing quirks and backgrounds that make you want to get to know them more. The story of Joel and Ellie, two people brought together by the zombie (sort of zombie?) outbreak, and forced to survive, is an incredible story!
To put into perspective how much I love this game, I beat it after about 4 days, and as soon as the credits finished rolling, I went to the main menu and clicked on 'New Game'! The game doesn't have unlockable characters or weapons, or hidden secrets, or anything that would force you to have to play the game again. No, replaying the story will give you the same experience as before. But the experience is so good, that you don't mind playing it again and again and again!
Half-Life's story is already a gaming masterpiece. After a an accident in the lab, Black Mesa worker Gordon Freeman is forced to survive in a world ravaged by the opening of a portal between Earth and a dimension called Xen. The story is already there, but Naughty Dog could make it even better than before! With their attention to detail and their knack for making incredible characters, Half-Life 3 could be the cinematic experience of the year!
Gordon Freeman Might Talk!
Ah yes, Gordon Freeman! The silent protagonist of the Half-Life games is one of the most popular videogame characters of all time! And all without ever speaking a word. Many would argue that his charm is in his extremely limited speech, in the same way that Link has never spoken a word, and yet is such a legendary and likable hero.
Really, Gordon Freeman doesn't need to talk, and Naughty Dog doesn't have to have a talking protagonist. Jak from Jak and Daxter didn't talk, so it was up to the other characters to bring some dialogue to the plate.
That's all well and fine, but with the storytelling skill that Naughty Dog has today, I think Half-Life 3 could benefit from a speaking protagonist. In The Last Of Us, you get to know more about Joel, the main character, as he talks about life before the outbreak and life during it. Gordon is a man in the same situation, a man forced to fight back against an onslaught of horrible creatures, all trying to kill him and the people around him.
It'd be nice to hear how he feels about it all. We could see many different sides to this silent protagonist, and see what makes him human.
Remember, this is all just stemming from a tweet that was more than likely a joke. We may never get to see another Half-Life, Valve has clearly moved on to other things. Naughty Dog is also working on other stuff, like Uncharted 4, and that The Last Of Us sequel we all know is coming.
But don't give up hope! Keep telling Valve we want this game made! Like I said, it might not happen, but that doesn't mean stop demanding it! After all, if we keep showing interest in the Half-Life series, it'll live on forever!
Thanks For Reading!
Source: Game Zone
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