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Valve: Next Half-Life Game Needs to be Terrifying

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Those headcrabs used to be pretty scary, but they probably wouldn't cut it any longer.

Still waiting for the next installment of Half-Life. So are we. While Valve isn't saying anything about the Half-Life 3 or Episode 3, we now have reason to believe that it'll be a scary affair.

Speaking to Edge magazine, according to CVG, Valve boss Gabe Newell said, "I feel like we've gotten away from genuinely scaring the player more than I'd like, and it's something we need to think about, in addition to broadening the emotional palette we can draw on."

While Newell didn't mention a specific upcoming Half-Life specifically, it was clear that the developer was thinking carefully about how to scare the series' core fans: "The death of their children. The fading of their own abilities."

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    _Cubase_ , March 30, 2010 12:30 AM
    It's been almost 3 years since the last "Episode"... now that's what I call Terrifying!
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    ColMirage , March 30, 2010 12:31 AM
    No matter what happens, I want to slaughter an Advisor. With my Crowbar.
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    mattfoo2324 , March 30, 2010 12:31 AM
    For a game we know absolutely nothing about, I know it will be awesome. Need proof? Evidence: L4D, L4D2, HL, HL 2, HL E1, HL E2, TF 2, CS, CSS, Portal, to be released Portal 2, etc. Valve is virtually unblemished in the developer field. How could it not be good?
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    HansVonOhain , March 30, 2010 12:21 AM
    It will be released when done. When it will be released, I hope it will live up to its hype.
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    _Cubase_ , March 30, 2010 12:30 AM
    It's been almost 3 years since the last "Episode"... now that's what I call Terrifying!
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    trandoanhung1991 , March 30, 2010 12:30 AM
    I never thought the Half Life series scary to be honest. Sure, when I was 12, maybe I was scared then, but now, it's just thrilling! Can't wait for their release, maybe bundled with Portal 2!!!
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    ColMirage , March 30, 2010 12:31 AM
    No matter what happens, I want to slaughter an Advisor. With my Crowbar.
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    mattfoo2324 , March 30, 2010 12:31 AM
    For a game we know absolutely nothing about, I know it will be awesome. Need proof? Evidence: L4D, L4D2, HL, HL 2, HL E1, HL E2, TF 2, CS, CSS, Portal, to be released Portal 2, etc. Valve is virtually unblemished in the developer field. How could it not be good?
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    Hothr , March 30, 2010 12:36 AM
    Valve does a lot of things right. Their Episodic release schedule, however...

    Episodic = additional content, same engine. Time = months. Time != years.
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    one-shot , March 30, 2010 12:37 AM
    The most 'terrifying' thing on HL2 would have been on Return to Ravenholm when those fast things (not sure of know name) would come of of nowhere and shoot you. More surprising than anything, I guess. Still, HL2 is the best PC game I've ever played. Tons of replay value in it.
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    1raflo , March 30, 2010 12:37 AM
    Valve is one of my favorite game devs out there, with games ranging from excellent to epic ...the only bad thing about them is that they make us to wait years between game relases :/ 
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    1raflo , March 30, 2010 12:45 AM
    And IMO i think the delays with the next game of HL series is (rumors say) more related to the fact that valve is working on creating a new game engine... source engine is quite outdeted now, if they want to stay on the cutting edge on visuals (and they usually are).
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    Aionism , March 30, 2010 12:51 AM
    Am I the only person on the planet who doesn't like first person shooters to be scary?
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    one-shot , March 30, 2010 1:10 AM
    siuol11*strike


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    ZEPd3Z , March 30, 2010 1:10 AM
    don't use steam Add ubisoft style Internet DRM..... now THAT's Scary!
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    stephen0983 , March 30, 2010 1:10 AM
    episode three should've been out last year, this is bs
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    mlopinto2k1 , March 30, 2010 1:17 AM
    To be perfectly honest, the first Episode (Half Life 2)... scared the hell out of me. In that town at night when those things were climbing up the walls n' shit.. UGH.. freaked me out.
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    mlopinto2k1 , March 30, 2010 1:18 AM
    one-shotThe most 'terrifying' thing on HL2 would have been on Return to Ravenholm when those fast things (not sure of know name) would come of of nowhere and shoot you. More surprising than anything, I guess. Still, HL2 is the best PC game I've ever played. Tons of replay value in it.
    Exactly what I was just saying.. startling.
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    tacoslave , March 30, 2010 1:19 AM
    since half life is always epic i bet i will cry when i play this.
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    henrystrawn , March 30, 2010 1:29 AM
    Just this last weekend, I was bored of the recent games released, and was looking over my steam account. I reloaded hl2, ep1 and ep2. I was curious how these would look with 2x5770 CF. These are still beautiful games, and I haven't stopped playing them. Hoping to finish the series again. What a coincidence.
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    fonzy , March 30, 2010 1:52 AM
    It's hard to believe I was in my mid 20's when I played HL2,now that I'm in my 30's I feel so old but I'm still exited to play HL3.....
    I hope I'm not in my 40's when the game is released.
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