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It's true HL2 is similar to HL1, but that is not a bad thing. This is simply the best FPS game out there. End of Story. It's an easy 9/10 rating. Ignore what jstager wrote. It's worth every single penny spent on it.
It runs flawless on my 2.6Ghz AMD Barton cpu with an ATI 9800 nonPro. Just be sure to use ATI's catalyst 4.12 beta drivers. I'm sorry that you, JStager, run a dog of a CPU that is well over 3 years old and not meant for gaming. On top of that, you likely have your physics and other settings set too high for your low-end cpu system.
ATI users might want to use the following command for areas of HL2 that are graphics limited (this might work with CS:S as well):
The command enables Z fill geometry pass in order to speed up rendering of the full scene rendering pass - by default I'm told it is disabled for ATI as they had some slight performance drops in the more CPU limited levels, however there are gains to be had in graphics limited levels.
AFAIK this is presently a default option for NVIDIA (the testing was done back with 9800 / FX's), but should be updated as the default for both in the future.
1. It costs a lot for a computer game and I am on a low budget being a teen
2. It would take me away from trying to master Halo 2
3. It would barely run on my computer and I would be forced to get upgrades (which I don't want to do because I barely ever play computer games)
4. And I didn't like the Half Life 1 story very much, zombie stuff kind of gets old, if you look at Halo 1 and 2 it has zombies and a ton of other shit.
5. I heard Half Life 2 didn't have a multiplayer, which would kill the purpose for me because thats mostly all I play.
CS source....that would be the only thing i would get...but i would no doubt become a junkie...i used to play the one for xbox live....i was addicted for almost a year. And p99 you should prolly just quit right now...I'm already God on that game and i have the shittiest connection ever...Un-fucking-stopable.
I take it you don't read the SteamPowered forums? There's a few posts over there that explain what exactly is backed up when you use the built in backup tool. All in all, you must also manually backup the save games. In the case of HalfLife2 this is in the /Steam/SteamApps/<account-id>/half-life2/hl2/SAVE directory. Another alternative is to copy over *.sav files from any subdirectories of /Steam/SteamApps/<account-id>/.