I find it a bit weird that I used to own a PC that would not be able to run this game,back in the days.The only way for me to play it was through the way-more-superior-than-mine PC that one of my friends had and would lend me to use every now and then.Man,that was such a long time ago…There was such a hype for Half-Life 2 back then and indie game development was blooming,which in one way or another led to the creation of this game.Codename:Gordon!A Half-Life 2 as a 2-D PLATFORMER?Now that,that managed to grab me right away.For its time,that was a pretty impressive idea!Nowadays however,It wouldn’t have impressed me in the slightest though…
Codename:Gorden offers to the player a full pack’o platforming action,along with elements of puzzles,original plot,classic Half-Life 2 characters,enemies and weapons/items,various difficulties for all ages and minds AND an unlockable bonus game.Now,I used to play this game all the time,always on the easiest difficulty,but for the LR19,I went through a whole new playthrough on the highest difficulty.
Gameplay in a nutshell – Direct approach towards the enemies would usually means death or a huge loss of HP/Battery.[GROUNDBREAKING DISCOVERY!]That being said,the enemies have a pretty basic patterns and tend to not respond if they are attacked from certain angles.Moving controls are alright,while jumping will make you praise God almighy each time you manage to successfully go over a pitfall or another obstacle.Grenades obliterate everything!They are the perfect tool for dealing with enemies fast and easy,thus letting you keep your physical and mental state intact.[?]/ There are five[six] weapons in the game – The crowbar,the pistol,the MP5 and the gravity gun.The crowbar is more or less your “Headcrab removal”,if any of them manage to jump on your head.The pistol is as good until you get the MP5.The gravity gun is pretty much a “Puzzle time” tool.By that I mean you’ll get to pretty much use it to solve puzzles to pass by areas or to dispatch enemies that would otherwise drain your stats by a lot.
There are also two bosses in the game,wherein the first one is pretty much a game filler.Regardless of the difficulty level or how you dodge its attacks,you are bound to win,simply because you just have a higher amount of HP.I’m not sure how the second boss fares on easier difficulties,but I don’t remember having any actual problems with it back in the days.On the highest difficulty however,I simply tanked its attacks,while tossing all the possible grenades I can carry at it,potentially finishing the work with the MP5.It’s kinda dumb how you can abuse the spawning powerups in the arena where the boss is.By not moving too further within’ the arena,the boss would not spawn,thus you can stock on all the ammo and powerups until you are full.OH MAN,CHEESING A GAME!I mean,come on!Actual dodging requires way too much work for how much I get paid and I don’t get paid at all!/////////////////
…AND THEN YOU BEAT THE GAME AND YOU UNLOCK THIS BONUS MINIGAME,WHERE YOU GET TO CHASE CROWS WITH YOUR CROWBAR!Ha ha!Get it!Crows…and crowbar…It’s a full-fledged-high-school-comedy-club all over the place.
I guess my conclusion on this would be that the game is pretty alright.It has its ups and downs,mostly downs,but hey!2004 was quite a long time ago…oh well.
I like the art.The music was alright.Not a big fan of the level design.It’s not bad but…egh…yeah…Plot was just there.It’s kinda amusing to a certain degree…I don’t know.
Have my 5.7 out of 10,Mr.the 2D-Gordon!