On this week's mailbox we've got an e-mail from Ben Hughes, who recently re-discovered PC gaming and got in touch to shamelessly gush about Valve. What do you think about Valve and what are your favourites? Let us know in the comments below.... read more
I can't really explain why, since all Valve games I've played have been fantastic, but I had a tremendous feeling of euphoria when I finished the game - possibly down to the brilliant characters in the game and the (IMO) funny ending.
I feel the same way, Half Life 2 doesn't even come close. Half Life and Portal are my two fav games by them, and both in my top ten all time favs. Now if only Valve made a game set underwater in an Art Deco stylee
Portal: it's perfection, that's refined into more perfection, then compacted into perfection, double dipped into perfection and then has perfection flakes sprinkled on top of it. The only bad thing about Portal is that it's very unlikely that someone will ever make a game that good again.
As for Valve themselves: they have the best platform out there (Steam) that offers the best service and the best value; their first party games are always of the highest quality and worth a look no matter what you into; they're a company that seem to truly understand the medium of gaming and seem more motivated by quality than profit. Truly a shining beacon to the rest of gaming.
If only they could get stuff out on time though and get on with that ONE game we're all waiting for. Sometimes you have to wonder if they're called Valve simply because they stop things from being released half the time.
Counter-Strike Global Offensive is my favorite PC game I'm on it every day without fail. Im also very impressed with steam as a platform much better than it was back when half-life 2 first came out. I recently got bored with my xbox and wondered back to pc - lets face it even the next gen consoles wont have the grunt a high end pc has.
Although not exactly in line with the topic but just for an example of how cool valve actually are- a good friend from my uni aproached certain developers from the valve team asking for a skype conference call with a group of us computer scientists a couple months ago and they've agreed for no other reason but being awesome. We're having the talk in a couple days and I can't be any more excited.
Chalk up a big fat tick for that one. It's one of the only online shooters I find I can comfortably pick up (even after years) and jump right back into. It has a dedicated player base with plenty of maps still populated at all times of the day and the class diversity set the standard once it was released.