Gordon arrives at a small Resistance outpost within the mines manned by Griggs and Sheckley.
The Vortigaunt has brought Alyx to the outpost and is awaiting the arrival of his kin in order to heal her wounds. Griggs and Sheckley introduce Gordon to the Antlion Detector, and, with the aid of reprogrammed Hoppers and Sentry Guns, are barely able to hold off several Antlion attacks until the Vortigaunts arrive.
The Vortigaunts assist in dispatching the next wave of Antlions and proceed to tend to Alyx. The Vortigaunts are unable to save Alyx, however, without the use of an Antlion larval extract, so Gordon and his Vortigaunt companion travel deeper into the mine to retrieve it.
Gordon and the Vortigaunt discover a Zombie infestation, as well as an overrun Combine troop carrier accompanied by Zombines.
As they travel deeper into the Antlion caves, they encounter the Antlion Guardian, protector of the larval extract.
Gordon is forbidden from killing the Guardian for fear of spoiling the extract and hence must outrun the creature through the caves.
He is able to avoid the Guardian and summon the Vortigaunt to the Nectarium where the extract is obtained.
They deliver the extract just in time, and the Vortigaunts heal Alyx. During the healing process, the G-Man contacts Gordon, stating that he has been prevented from doing so by the Vortigaunts until this point.
He hints at Alyx’s importance to his plans and reveals that he had saved her life at Black Mesa despite the objections of unnamed others (Dr. Breen’s face flickers on the screen behind the G-Man at this point).
The G-Man asks Gordon to escort her to White Forest safely and instructs an unconscious Alyx to tell her father to “prepare for unforeseen consequences.”
After Alyx has recovered, she and Gordon, accompanied by the Vortigaunt, proceed to the surface.
The title of the chapter is a reference to the phrase “shuffle[d] off this mortal coil” from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
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I won’t be covering the Episode Two achievements in the same way as I did in the Half-Life 2 TREE event, because they are less chapter based. However, the CombineOverWiki has nice list that is very useful.
This post is part of the The Replay Experience Experiment event. This is a chance to replay all the Half-Life games and discuss them based on our experiences since we first played them.
The intro and trivia text are taken from the CombineOverWiki, a fan-supported, editable wiki covering the Half-Life series of games.
On the left is a complete text walkthrough for Half-Life 2: Episode Two.
It has been written by Stanley E. Dunigan and updated with all the tricks and tips from PlanetPhillip.Com readers.
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