what took so long to release was HL2 not CS:S CS:S was made in few months and it was pretty much a favor to the fans. And HL2 is looking better then Doom 3 so it was a graphical rehaul.D.D. said:im sorry, i really cant see how CS:S was a graphical rehaul >.< but i think there have been other games that have taken that long to release and have taken a much bigger jump. ie. UT -> UT2003. perhaps my expections were too high in comparison to the "many ppl here"