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Half-Life 2 Celebrates its 15th Anniversary Today. Here’s Why its Rushed Ending is Now its Biggest Strength

The original Half-Life has a bad ending. I’m not referring to the alternate ending, where the enigmatic G-Man tosses the player into a room full of enemies as a “screw you” for not taking his “job offer.” I mean the way Half-Life brings its story to a close, period. I don’t hate all of the Xen levels, nor do I dislike the move of introducing the G-Man at the last minute—what I really dislike is just how abrupt and open ended it is. You travel to another dimension, kill a…

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