Half Life 2: Episode Two – First Impression

I started playing Episode Two today. I was excited because Episode One was awesome so my expectations were high for this title. Unfortunately, my first impression was not a very good one. Immediately after launching the game, it would crash with the following error:

HALF-LIFE 2: hl2.exe – Application Error
The instruction at “0x________” referenced memory at “0x0________”. The memory could not be “read”.

Googling around didn’t help as much as I hoped for, since just about every single person who encountered this error (I’m not alone having this issue) found some kind of unique fix of their own. I did follow one suggestion which recommended extending the maximum size of the page file in Windows. I set it to the maximum value of 4GB and then rebooted my machine. Curiously enough this worked. If you encounter a simillar issue, try setting the max size of your page file to a higher value.

The game picks up right after Episode One, and once again you somehow managed to lose all your weapons and you start bare handed. You and Alyx must now find your way to White Forest station which means a trek through some deserted rural areas full of zombies, ant lions and all kinds of other threats. Alyx’s role is diminished as opposed to Episode One because she gets incapacitated pretty early on. As a bonus, you get to work alongside some NPC’s that do not die like flies. You even hook up with some Vortigaunts who now pack a mean punch.

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Oh, and by the time you finish the game, you will feel like you have gained some invaluable insight into the life cycle of an Ant Lion colony.

I saw some new HUD tweaks. Episode One introduced the ammo and health bars on the crosshair, and now Episode Two moved the flashlight to it’s own HUD item. It’s actually nice because it seems that it has it’s own internal battery now, allowing you to run and/or swim with the light on, without exhausting it.

So far I like it. I’m only about an hour or two into the game, but it’s already interesting. I will write more after I finish the game.

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23 Responses to Half Life 2: Episode Two – First Impression

  1. Zack UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    I can’t wait to play this. I get my new gaming laptop tomorrow then its GAME ON!

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  2. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Btw, if you check the system specs HL2:E2 has very modest minimum hardware requirements. My machine is ancient but this game works great.

    Also, I never thought of laptops as gaming machines. I’d rather invest in a desktop since the parts are cheaper, and you can get more raw power for the same price. Also, you will never be able to put the monster graphics card that burns hotter than the sun itself into the power efficient, tiny laptop case with a single fan. :P

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  3. Zack UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Yes, but gaming is more of a secondary function of this laptop. I know that desktops are better for gaming. Long story short, I need a laptop for business, but I don’t really NEED a second machine just for gaming, so I got a laptop with a 8600GT built in ;) Plenty good for what i need!

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  4. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Ah, ok. That makes sense. Just make sure you get a good mouse for gaming. I don’t think it will be possible to play HL2 with the touchpad or the thumb-stick. ;)

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  5. Zack UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Yea, I have a MX1000 for that. ;) I’m not a noob :)

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  6. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Nice one. :)

    Have you played it yet? How far did you get? I’m past the whole Antlion cave thing, and I’m currently trying to get the car off the bridge by slogging my way through hordes of zombies.

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  7. Zack UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    No I haven’t. I JUST got my laptop. Setting it up right now.

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  8. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux says:

    Sigh… Now I kinda want a new laptop. lol

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  9. Kemal TURKEY Internet Explorer Windows says:

    I’ve got the same problem in the game. Also i’ve never seen that picture because the game crashes just before than that scene. I tried to change virtual memory but it didn’t work. I tried lots of things but i couldn’t fix the problem. Please somebody help me… I want to play hl2e2, too.

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  10. boskoete ROMANIA Internet Explorer Windows says:

    hey i have the same error.. just like kemal..same thing the game crashes when i reach that spot..but i dont know how to change the virtual memory or setting my max size page file to a higher value .
    if someone could explain that pls…!!!

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  11. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    [quote post=”2097″]i dont know how to change the virtual memory or setting my max size page file to a higher value .
    if someone could explain that pls…!!![/quote]

    Ok, take out your note pad and follow my lead. These instructions are for Windows XP. If you have Vista, you are on your own (sorry).

    1. Right click on My Computer
    2. Click on Properties
    3. Click on the Advanced tab
    4. Find the Perfomance section and click on Settings
    5. Click on Advanced tab
    6. In the Virtual Memory section click on Change
    7. Choose Custom Size
    8. Set Initial and Minimum sizes to 4096 MB (which is 4GB)
    9. Click Ok, Ok and Ok to get out of the dialog
    10. Maybe reboot for a good measure and see if you can play the game

    Good luck. I hope this helps. :)

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  12. mohit INDIA Internet Explorer Windows says:

    i installed half life2 when i want to play this i get a error saying that setup file is not there

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  13. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    What kind of error? It’s kinda tough to trouble shoot if you don’t post specifics error message. :)

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  14. Perosn stuff UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    This is not working for me i might be doing something wrong i got on control panel clicked on perfomace and i want to viturel memory and changed drive C of intel space to 4000 and maxuim to 5600

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  15. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    Set it up so that initial==maximum and use the maximum amount allowed on your machine – which I believe is 4096 on a 32 bit rig. Other than that, I don’t know. This worked for me.

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  16. Perosn stuff UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    I did what u said i guess there might be wrong with it but thanks for the advie i might be able to fix it (the error msg comes up before the main title screen is loaded)

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  17. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Ubuntu Linux Terminalist says:

    Oh, btw – you should reboot after you make that change. See if the game works after you reboot. :)

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  18. Perosn stuff UNITED STATES Internet Explorer Windows says:

    sigh- i need to ask u when i reboot my computer there an error with a disk thing do u think that might have sometihng with it ( sorry for asking so many questions ) i really want to play the game. intel set to 4096 and so is max (thanks for telling me that my comptuer running faster :D

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  19. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    What kind of disk error? HD error? CD error? Did you get the game of of Steam or buy it on CD? Or downloaded it? And if you downloaded it, did you a) burn/mount it properly and b) apply the crack?

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  20. Col UNITED KINGDOM Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    You guys need more memory! big page file = slow computer, or lots of defraging!

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  21. Luke Maciak UNITED STATES Mozilla Firefox Windows Terminalist says:

    True, but some of us can’t add more memory without upgrading to a new mobo.

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  22. Sid UNITED STATES SymbianOS says:

    Thanks Luke! Increasing the page file size really helps. My comp specification – Intel Core 2 Duo E7500 2.93 GHz. Intel DG31PR. 4Gb Ram. Ati HD Radeon 4830 512Mb DDR3.With this average pc i was blaming Ati 4830.Pricewise Intel is miles away from gaming.

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  23. hrsh INDIA Internet Explorer Windows says:

    hey nothing of any of u guys said worked. the game still crashes during loading. does any one have a crack which is not corrupted or pls tell a correct way to make this application error disappear

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