Half-Life 2 is the 2004 PC FPS that continues the adventures of Board 8 hero Gordon Freeman, picking up his storyline directly where Half-Life left off. Like HL1, HL2 was awarded with Game of the Year honors by many publications and is still given consideration in the "best FPS ever" debate to this day.

HL2 is considered to be one of the more interesting potential matchups for the 2009 Game Contest, especially given the success of The Orange Box (a compilation of HL2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2) on the Xbox 360. After strong showings from Gordon and Weighted Companion Cube in the '08 Character Battle, many are excited to see what HL2 is going to be capable of in 2009.