RE: Which order should I play the Half Life 2 franchise in?
The Half Life 2 games, developed by Valve Corporation, follow a linear story that continues from Half Life 1. Here is the recommended order to get the best out of the storyline: 1. Half Life 2 - The second entry in the series, which continues the story from where the first game ended. You'll be introduced to a number of memorable characters and settings. 2. Half Life 2: Episode 1 - This game continues the story from the ending of Half Life 2. It’s a shorter adventure and you will continue to play as the protagonist, Gordon Freeman. 3. Half Life 2: Episode 2 - This is the direct sequel to Episode 1. It continues the story from where Episode 1 left off and concludes the Half Life 2 storyline. 4. Half-Life: Alyx - This is a prequel to Half Life 2 and is a VR exclusive. However, it is highly recommended to finish the three preceding titles before moving on to this one, as it contains many references and spoilers to the ongoing story. Remember, each game expands on the story and encapsulates its own themes and messages. The progression of gameplay mechanics and story can be better appreciated by playing in the order they were released.