Originally Posted by Chojin
I find that any game that was only 'good for its time' really wasn't.
...except when talking about the game's technology, imo.
GW seems to only really dislike the game's engine which was
good for it's time.
I personally think all of HL was and is good... Except for the Xen level which was shit.
In stuff like Mario which is still considered to be as good now as its ever been, it didn't matter what the game looked like because it was ridiculously simple and graphics really add very little to the experience.
First person shooters, on the other hand, do gain a lot from improvements in graphics, physics and the gameplay mechanics facilitated by these upgrades.
The physics puzzles and extended scripted character interaction sequences of HL2 couldn't have been done in the original half-life and as such I don't think it's fair to judge HL1 by the standard of today, in which these things are common place.
That said the game did go a long way to make up for it's technical limitations with a decent storyline and some really good action sequences.
Either way, I'm starting to sound like a HL fanboy so I'll stop now.