Definitely ignore the bad press for this one. The load times aren't as bad as people say they are, and although they can be frequent, it's nice to have a PS3 system that can quick-save at any time (whereas the other available systems for this game do not have that feature). To be honest, if you have a PS3 and solely a PS3, don't worry about getting this. Yes, it may run a tiny bit smoother on the other systems, but it's barely noticeable and hardly worth all the press it got. The bad press on this one was pretty ridiculous, and the low rating on Amazon for this game is beyond sad. What you're getting is Half Life 2, a fantastic shooter, plus its currently available episodic content, along with Portal (which is just beyond amazing) and Team Fortress 2. Most people know that, but I don't think people understand what a great value that is for any price up to $50. Just go get it - it's essential regardless of the press, and in the end, it's not going to matter what system you have it on.