Rise and shine Mr Freeman, The X-box awaits

On November 16, 2004, PC gamers got their first chance to play the acclaimed shooter Half-Life 2. One year to the day later. Valve and its new distribution partner, Electronic Arts, have begun shipping the Xbox version of Half-Life 2 to stores, where the first copies will go on sale Wednesday.

Like its PC sibling, the Xbox Half-Life 2 continues the adventures of physicist Gordon Freeman, who saved the world from an alien invasion at the end of Half-Life.Half-Life 2 begins several years after Half-Life’s Black Mesa incident, after a mysterious enemy known as the Combine has conquered the planet and installed a human puppet government to carry out its rule. Freeman begins the game in City 17, a mysterious Eastern European metropolis serving as a giant prison for its human citizens.