Poll Question 283 – How soon after the release of Half-Life 3 will you play it?

30th October 2012

Single Player First Person Shooter Maps and Mods for Half-Life 1, 2 and Episodes 1, 2 and 3

So, let’s be clear, from this moment forward, and probably some time in the past, I will be calling the next game in the HL series: Half-Life 3.

I think we all agree it’s not going to be an episode any more.

Onto the poll question. My working life is a little different to what it was 20 years ago and I no longer have the opportunity to take days off when I want it – basically, I work when I am told to.

Of course, if you are in full time education then it may be easier to take time off than when you are working.

When HL3 gets released I plan to empty then next weekend and play it to finish. I’ll need to block that time off or I’ll end up playing in 1 hour segments and that’s no fun.

I won’t be among the first to play it, but I’ll be earlier than I have for ALL the other games I played.

What about you?

Your Chance to Vote!


  1. Usually I wait for it to get a cheaper price but I have grown up with the Half-Life series and how nerdy it may seem, I have reserved a special place in my heart for Half Life 3. Lets just hope Valve don’t screw it up. Just look what happened to Duke Nukem Forever. And old hero getting reborn but they screwed it up. I know valve, they never dissapoint me.

  2. William

    Why abandon me here all alone in the episode 3 camp…. 🙁

    1. Nick

      Don’t worry! You’re not alone. I put my bets that they will release Episode 3 and no Half-Life 3. I doubt that Valve is working on HL3. There’s too much to develop if you’re going to make a full sequel. It’s just that people are nervous waiting and they want their expectations met. I think they are doing anything else.

      1. Wesp5

        I agree with both of you. With all their concentration on making money with Steam, we will be lucky if we ever get a HL2:EP3 at all! I doubt Valve could manage a really long not-mod-based AAA game anytime soon, if not ever.

  3. MisterAddy

    When (if) another Half-Life game releases, Steam will be unusable for days anyway. But I would play it as soon as I could.

  4. Soylent_Bacon

    I would play it as soon as physically possible. Immediately, assuming I have the money, free time, and a computer that meets the system requirements. It’s hard to predict where I’ll stand on those three factors when Half-Life 3 releases twenty years from now though.

    MisterAddy makes a good point. The Steam servers would explode.

    1. True, Steam is going to be a factor, as are the specs.

  5. Herr_Alien

    I will wait until the first sale to make the buy, then wait for the first holiday to actually play it. I can’t use weekends for this, since there’s always something to be done around the house.
    But! Early mornings (between 7AM and 9 or 10 AM) are pretty much free during holidays, and I can do 2 hours worth of playing in those periods. But again, only during holidays.

    And the above is valid not just for HL3, but pretty much for gaming in general.

  6. AI

    I’m retired and I’ll play it as soon as I can lay my hands on it!! Assuming it dosen’t take as long as DNF did, by that time I’ll probally be in a nursing home!

    1. I am retired too. I am the only grandmother I know playing FPS’s. Any other ladies out there? HL1 always remains my favorite. Nice to meet another gray gamer.

      1. AI

        Ya, we can’t let all the kids, ahhh, I mean younger folks!! have all the fun!! I’ve been playing this stuff since 1980.

  7. Mega Sean 45

    It depends what the price is actually. If it’s gonna cost 50 bucks, then maybe I’ll wait until it gets cheaper. But my mind could be changed. I just don’t like to get games when they’re that expensive.

  8. JG

    Oh, day one, most definitely. 🙂

    I also agree that at this point, we’re probably looking at Half-Life 3 instead of Episode 3. At least 5 years after Episode 2, it would be pretty awkward to offer the third part.

  9. Hec

    In days, i’m on full time education, but this is a job!!, somedays I can’t even sleep because of the duties involved, so I may play it in vacation time probably spend a week. to do it and ejoy it fully

  10. Within a few days, after I read the reviews, if HL3 ever sees the light of day…

  11. Harking back to the 100SDoN, as soon as I get my grubby little mitts on it!

    I still think it will be episodic, based on the way EP2 ended and the fact Valve seem to release things only when they consider them ready.

  12. What is always the controlling factor for me is my computer. Currently I only have a laptop. I can (and do) play HL 1 mods all the time, and I can push it to play HL2. But when the programmers ramp up the min. system requirements, I get left in the dust. Sad… Fortunately I love HL1 and never get tired of playing a new mod. One of these days I may be able to invest in a a new gaming system and play some more advanced HL.

  13. I’ll play it as soon as I can get the needle sunk int the vein…

    Ok, ok, more realistically: at least a few days, depends on my work schedule as well (like Phillip, I work when I’m told, like a good little slave).

  14. WizardExt

    I am really looking forward to the next Half-Life adventure. I will play it ASAP and most likely take some days of work to just enjoy it fully.. om nom nom. 🙂

  15. Mr. Walrus

    It doesn’t matter if if the date of the release is my job application, marriage ceremony, or inauguration as president. I’m calling in sick for the day and playing it IMMEDIATELY!

  16. I don’t care what it costs. I will pre-order it and download it as quickly as I can

  17. I will have to wait until I finish “Episode 2” before I can play HL3 / Episode 3, for continuity. Although the release of “G String v.2” could delay my tackling of the Valve series!
    Worse still. Win XP will be unsupported soon and I will need to upgrade my operating system to Win 7 or Win 8. Win8 is half the price of Win7 here, so I am left wondering how bad is it. The reviews I have read are dire!

  18. Thomas

    I will personally wait I believe few months to play it for two reasons. Because I already waited so long now that a few more months won’t change anything and second because If I have to wait for an HL4 to be released to answer more questions unanswered with HL2, I think I will kill myself :D.

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