Alright, I want to clear things up first: I am a wuss.
Now, let's talk about something that's been bugging me lately. Half-Life 2 is an amazing game. It's one of the best games I have ever played, and playing it with the episodes is something I would love to do more often... if it weren't for, you guessed it, the fucking zombies. I hate them. I can't goddamn stand them. Just thinking about that fast zombie.... ugh. Creepy as fuck. And that poison headcrab. GODDAMNIT GET IT AWAY FROM ME-you get the point. No, I am not Barney. I don't have a fear of all headcrabs. Just the ones HL2 added. Although the standard ones first creeped me out (I was used to the low-res Half-Life versions), I got used to them. I just can't get used to the others. If it weren't for my pet-peeve of skipping chapters (I like having my own ammo, not what the game decides is "average"), I would likely never play Ravenholm again. Don't get me wrong, they are fun to kill. And I believe games should always be just a tad scary. But after I see a fast zombie rushing at me, making those horrifying growling sounds, and I can never kill it before it gets up to me, starts clawing at my flesh while making those howling noises, and once I kill it, that headcrab jumps off and I have to use an entire goddamn round of shotgun ammo because I'm so disoriented from the first attack.... well, sometimes I wonder if it's really worth it. Also of note is that Half-Life 2 is the scariest game I've ever played. I have never played a scary game before (really, my entire collection was Portal and TF2), and after seeing how much of a pussy I am when it comes to ONE PART of a game, I probably won't. What's weird is that on my first playthrough, I never felt this way. Don't get me wrong, the fast zombie still scared the shit out of me, but I kept playing. Two playthroughs later, however, and I'm constantly quicksaving at every corner in the Anticitizen One caverns with the sound off because I just KNOW there's a headcrab somewhere. I wonder why this is. I really do. And it sucks, because it's stopping me from playing the best game I have ever played.
Of course, I am a complete wuss.