Just been playing around with Half Life: Episode One and all I can say is I’m really really impressed. Valve seem to have really pulled one out of the bag an totally one-upped themselves from Half Life 2. The scenes are absolutly gorgeous. The new HDR (high-dynamic range) stuff really makes the game come alive. Just the blooming you get when you look at bright objects/sources is very realistic. I’ve read that there is only a few hours (3-4) of gameplay so it shouldn’t take too long. But I can already feel that it’s going to be one of those games that’s going to leave me wishing it wasn’t over when I finally finish it.
There is a flickr set here showing the various HDR effects if you haven’t already seen them before in Episode One, or The Lost Coast.
Half Life 2: Episode One