Steamed to perfection
I've seen no evidence so far that the AI is a giant leap forward like the marines of the original Half-Life. Still, you can't ask for everything, I suppose.
The executive summary so far (2 hours in) is that it's rather like the original Half-Life - linear, superbly scripted and cinematic. It differs somewhat in that it sets a new bar for PC graphics, whereas the original wasn't winning too many prizes for graphics per se.
Q. If Half-Life 2 was a film, what film would it be?
I'll follow up with a more complete review upon completion of the game.
In other news, the early reviews for Vampire: Bloodlines are looking good. Maybe that'll be the next game on the list. Much more of a RPG than a shooter, of course.