Release date: November 16, 2004
With an expected third entry into the series becoming a meme, "Half-Life 3 Confirmed" has been adopted by gamers as a sarcastic aside applicable to just about any whiff of rumor or speculation in the game industry.
It's easy to see why so many bemoan the almost mythical existence of a third Half-Life, Half-Life 2 was one of the most formative and satisfying shooters of the past decade. Where Half-Life introduced the world to Gordon Freeman, this massively influential sequel, was praised for its stunning animation, physics, AI, graphics, and narrative. The last time we saw anything resembling a new title from Gabe Newell and company in the form of Gordon Freeman was 2007's Half-Life 2 Episode 2, but fans around the world remain ever hopeful that a third title will be announced any day now...