Thanks kupoartist, i will bare that all in mind....although i might just venture away from my PS2 and go for Half-Life 2
By all means do... however, be aware that:
1) Half-Life 2 has high system requirements. Actually, it's playable on more older systems than most new games, but part of the whole appeal of HL2 is how awesome it looks, so you really need a good PC.
2) Steam. I can imagine this to be the single most off putting aspect of playing Half-Life 2 there can possibly be. Steam is required for install and you have to use it to play Half-Life 2
. Steam requires an internet connection, and unless you want to spend 14 years waiting for Half-Life 2 to update, you need broadband
. What's more, Half-Life 2 CD-Key's are tied to your Steam account. No selling the game on (though most will testify that you won't want to because the game is good).
3) There is no training mission. The basics of the game - shooting and movement - aren't ever explained. If you're seriously playing FPS games for the first time, HL2 may be a dive straight into the deep end, though the new things it brings to the FPS genre are given adequate explanation.
4) HL2 is a direct sequel to HL1. Hence if you haven't played the original, some stuff will be lost on you (immediate question: "who the hell is this suited guy jabbering to me?". Though TBH, anyone who has played all the HL games still can't answer it ^^
). Regardless, Half-Life 1 is a great game in it's own right (As is Opposing Force, the expansion pack) the trouble is, it may not be interesting purely because it is so long in the tooth...
5) Demo! Try before you buy! http://www.half-life.com/
To be honest, the demo is a bit dull... it shows you a short but interesting sequence from right at the beginning of the game and then transplants you to Ravenholm. Some people see this as their favorite area, I personally thought it was the least interesting.
If you like what you see, Amazon.co.uk have the game for less than Â£13 at the moment...