seriously? best first-person game of all time? lets get real here for a minute. HL2's story was more intelligent than other games, true, but it still had plot holes and repetitive levels and enemies. id rank half life a step above the halo series, but nothing too far beyond that. just cause they use scientific words most 12 year olds and frat boys wont understand doesnt mean the game is better, its just Valve using marketing strategy to create a niche group of loyal fans.
if you ask me the first half life was the best. the HL2 games took it way overboard to the point where the story is just a confusing mess that seems like theyre just making up as they go. id much rather have this released than episode 3, http://www.blackmesasource.com/