Half-Life 3 Review Writing Competition

27th February 2015

I’m sure you’ve seen the recent rumours about Half-Life 3. Some may have even seen my silly prank on Steam, where I changed the name of a mod to something like “HL3 – Dev Test” – sorry about that. You would be surprised at how many people messaged me and asked..”IS THAT F*%KING REAL?!“.

Anyway, I am a fan of Stanisล‚aw Lem, a Polish science fiction writer. He wrote some great SF but he has also written fictitious criticism of non-existing books, which is an idea that fascinates me. So much so, that I decided to steal it for a writing competition.


I would like you to write a review of Half-Life 3.
Obviously it hasn’t been announced or released so this will have to be complete fiction.


The review must be between 750 and 3,000 words.
Closing date for entries is 11pm GMT Monday 9th March 2015.
Reviews must be emailed to: [email protected] either as the content of the email or preferably as an attached .txt file.
Joint entries are allowed but only one game will be sent to the winner.
Multiple entries are also allowed.


The winner will be chosen by public vote, starting on Tuesday 10th, lasting 7 days.


The prize will be either Takedown: Red Sabre or Contagion – the winner can choose.

If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please post them below.

Please help promote the competition and this site, by linking to it in websites or forums you visit – thank you.


  1. Zekiran

    Oooooh sweet. ๐Ÿ˜€ *cracks knuckles and tries to keep it under 3k words…*

  2. Gnarly, where do I post this review?

    1. It’s in the main post:

      Reviews must be emailed to: [email protected] either as the content of the email or preferably as an attached .txt file.

      Have you seen my email about the Meta Review Data?

      1. Oh sorry I missed that >_<

        And yeah I saw the e-mail

  3. MajorBanter

    “The year is 2045, climate change has ravaged the world, and in this – the BBC’s final article before we go dark forever – is our Half Life 3 review”

    1. Maybe it will be the BGC by then: the British Gaming Corporation.

  4. Mega Sean 45

    I just sent you mine! I hope you got it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I’m so up for this.

    1. …and it’s with you now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. At last, a competiton that doesn’t require tangible mapping talent. I’ve already written 1,400 words and I intend to use the entire amount permitted.

  7. Unq

    Sent! I had an absolute blast writing this. ๐Ÿ™‚ Reminded me how much I enjoy writing, to be honest.

  8. Zekiran

    I had too many things on my plate this last week, and didn’t get around to it. I’m looking forward to the entries though!

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