Half Life 2 Episode One Released on Shield Tablet

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    Earlier this year, the Android got Portal and Half Life 2 released as "exclusives" for Nvidia's Shield Portable and Shield Tablet. With those releases, many were speculating other Source games were coming to Android, and now we've seen a new Source game released, Half Life 2 Episode One, which is available exclusively on the Shield Tablet only.

    The game is cited as having little graphical differences between the PC version at the best settings, with the same physics and face-paced gameplay as the original. Below you'll find a comparison image, where you can see the subtle difference graphics-wise between the two.

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    I'll be trying the game myself later today, Portal and Half Life 2 ran great and my only complaint with them was load times being a bit long. If Episode One has shorter load times, then I definitely can't wait to play through it on my Tablet and any other future Source games.

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    Load times are about the same as the other two (although I'm loading from a micro sdcard). Also, notice how the screenshots have achievements and developer commentary? Those don't appear to be in the actual app. But the performance seems good once its it's loaded.
     
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    The graphics look somewhat different too me (blurrier than the shield) but then again it's a smaller screen so it shouldn't make a huge difference. Although I thought game streaming was a thing...?
     
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    It is, this is just a full port of the game to sort of..."show off" the power of the Tegra SoCs essentially.
     
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    Some of us don't have new PC nvidia graphics cards that support gamestreaming, plus this can be used without internet/while not at home.
     
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    As for people with the Shield Tablet, how does it work on it?

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    Exactly, considering the shield tab is theoretically as strong as a ps3 the port isn't that amazing
     
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    But... why show it off with an 8 year old game on the source engine which is really outdated?
     
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    Because its an easy to port game that is well received and cost little money to port
     
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    now valve will waste more 10 years making remakes of the games as an excuse for not releasing a 3rd game
     
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    Portal has two games
    So does half life
    So does team fortress
    Notice something?
     
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    isn't half-life 2 episode 2 the 3rd game of half life 2 series? :3

    the next one will be full-life 1, then get 2 episodes, then full life 2, and more 2 episodes
    then we get second life(+2 epsiodes) then second life 2 also with 2 episodes! :D
     
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    I thought half life 2 episode 2 was the second episode in the second game

    Also by the time we get full life then we will all be dead
     
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    half-life 1
    half-life 2
    half-life 2 episode 1
    half-life 2 episode 2
    there are others but this is the main ones...
     
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    Hmm makes me think if we will ever get to Half 5 then
     
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    you forgot

    half-life blue shift
    half-life opposing force
    half-life decay
     
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    thats why i said "there are others" blue shift and opposing force are the same as the normal game but you are other person and follows other character story...
     
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    at least the good thing is you dont need a shield or nividia chipset for that matter to run this
     
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    For anyone wondering, I actually have a Nvidia Shield tablet myself, and have demo'd both games on the tablet.

    First of all, the games play very smoothly, with almost no frame dips during gameplay except maybe in some loading segments. The Nvidia shield controller works very well on the tablet, with re-mappable buttons sensitivity controls, which also applies to other android controllers (I tested it with Nyko's Android Pro Controller.)

    Sound, Visuals, and the like all ran great, keep in mind though that there is no actual option to play this game with touch controls, although if you own a Shield Tablet and no Shield controller, you are just damn silly.

    Really neat to have the whole thing portable, especially Portal, so I am glad to see the next source game make its way onto the market.

    Now give me left 4 dead portable dammit :angry:
     
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    I may sound retarded but does the ps3/other BT controllers work with half life 2?