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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (16,628 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 16, 2004

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Includes 5 items: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, Portal

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Includes 10 items: Team Fortress Classic, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Half-Life, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life 2, Half-Life: Source, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two

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Includes 24 items: Counter-Strike, Team Fortress Classic, Day of Defeat, Deathmatch Classic, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Ricochet, Half-Life, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life: Source, Day of Defeat: Source, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life Deathmatch: Source, Left 4 Dead, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, Portal, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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September 30

Half-Life 2 Beta Updated

The Beta for Half-Life 2 has been updated. This includes Episode 1, Episode 2, Lost Coast, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, and Half-Life: Source.

Changes include:

  • Fixed default refresh rate when using a Virtual Reality display at higher than the desktop refresh rate.

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June 2

Half-Life 2 Updated

Half-Life 2 has been updated. This includes Episode 1, Episode 2, Lost Coast, and Half-Life: Source. This is the release of everything in the previous beta.

Changes include:

  • Fixed radio buttons in the Difficulty options.

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About This Game

1998. HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title wins more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launches a franchise with more than eight million retail units sold worldwide.

NOW. By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors even the emotions of both friends and enemies.

The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people he cares about are counting on him.

The intense, real-time gameplay of Half-Life 2 is made possible only by Source®, Valve's new proprietary engine technology. Source provides major enhancements in:

  • Characters: Advanced facial animation system delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen. With 40 distinct facial "muscles," human characters convey the full array of human emotion, and respond to the player with fluidity and intelligence.
  • Physics: From pebbles to water to 2-ton trucks respond as expected, as they obey the laws of mass, friction, gravity, and buoyancy.
  • Graphics: Source's shader-based renderer, like the one used at Pixar to create movies such as Toy Story® and Monster's, Inc.®, creates the most beautiful and realistic environments ever seen in a video game.
  • AI: Neither friends nor enemies charge blindly into the fray. They can assess threats, navigate tricky terrain, and fashion weapons from whatever is at hand.

System Requirements

PC
Mac

    Minimum: 1.7 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX® 8.1 level Graphics Card (Requires support for SSE), Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: Pentium 4 processor (3.0GHz, or better), 1GB RAM, DirectX® 9 level Graphics Card, Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection


    NVIDIA

    Minimum: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, 1GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

Helpful customer reviews
28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
The only reviews that are bad are the ones that say "Gaben were is Half life 3."
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27 of 36 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
You seriously don't have this game?

You monster....
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28 of 39 people (72%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
I love this game more than my first ♥♥♥♥ing child
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
This legendary FPS introduced me with Steam. Changed my life 10/10.
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
You know how an Italian chef kisses his fingers and says something in Italian that translates to "A masterpiece" after tasting their own dish? That's how I feel about this game.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
Play and understand why we need Half-Life 3.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Half Life ² = Full Life?
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Im aware this is probably the most reviewed game on Steam, making my own take on this game quite redundant (is there anyone with a unique opinion of HL2, not shared by anyone else? Doubt it).
However, i noticed the two best games i got on Steam that i havent reviewed yet happen to be the 2 best FPS's of all time, so here's the first review of the two:

Half Life 2 is the role-model for all FPS games ever made:
It "only" has a singleplayer campaign, but its so well done it doesnt need anything else.
- Graphics-wise, know this: it's a 2004 game, i played it on 2010 and not once did i feel they were outdated (then again, im not one of those who care a lot about technical aspects)
- Sounds... this is not a type of game where this aspect is very relevant, so i cant recall anything about it really
- The Story, even though its not the most original or filled with amazing plot twists, it is still compelling and engaging, making you care about its great characters and what happens next
- Gameplay, there's where this game excels. From the now-classic 'no cutscenes / always in control', to the incredible variety of scenarios in each level, each with its own tone and pace, and jam-packed with (this is my favourite aspect of the game...) UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS - seriously, i can recall more than 10 scenes that i'll probably never forget about this game.
The weapons are also great, in quantity, diversity and in the fun-factor. The enemies too are varied enough and provide a reasonable challenge (though an higher difficulty level would be great).
- The length of the game is also one of the best / longest i've seen in an FPS, though it provides little replay value once finished.

Conclusion: Must-play for any gamer out there, to experience a landmark in videogame history, proving again that Valve knows how to make Greatness. Note: Episode 1 and 2 equally recommended to continue the Awesomeness!
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
unbeleivable game, i recommmend this to anyone and everyone. love the concept
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
50.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
*****
5 out of 5

Half Life 3 now, please.

What to say about Half Life 2? If I could even explain a fraction of my adoration of this game...it would probably overwhelm you. This game is one of a kind. Taking everything good from the FPS genre and gaming in general, Half Life 2 is a feat I can't fathom.

The gameplay is slick, the sound is platinum album status, the characters will stay with you, and the storyline will grip you. If you haven't already bought this game whilst I've been talking, why haven't you?!?!?!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Ranked the #3 game of all time by watchmojo.com and the #1 game of the sixth generation as well, this formerly revolutionary game still feels fresh and exciting even on your twentieth replay or your first playthrough, this is a game that can compete with any modern game and come out on top.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Brilliant. Obviously. Not even sure why I write this review.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
"Wake up,Gordon Freeman"- G-man
Half-Life 2 is the sequel to Half-Life,the game by Valve that pretty much wrote the rules for FPSs way back in 1998.
I haven't played very much of this game myself,but I can guarantee that anyone who plays it will end up loving this game,even those that didn't play HL1 before playing this game(like me).

The plot: Gordon Freeman is brought out of stasis by the G-Man,who inserts him in a train arriving at the fictitous City 17,which was taken over by Combine forces. He eludes the Combine forces and meets Alyx and Barney,and joins the Lambda Resistance. He gets to Dr. Kleiner's lab and assists them in attempting to get a teleporter to teleport him and Alyx to Dr. Eli Vance's lab. The teleportation fails,and he goes through City 17 on foot to get to Eli's lab. He arrives at Black Mesa East and meets up with Eli, where he is captured and taken to a combine prison,Nova Prospekt. Gordon goes through a zombie infested town named Ravenholm and is given a Dune Buggy,which he uses to travel to Nova Prospekt. Eli,Alyx,and Gordon escape,the combine teleporter they used exploding in the process. Gordon and Alyx learn they were in a "slow teleport"during which a week has passed. In their absence,the Resistance mobilized against the combine, turning City 17 into a battleground. Alyx is captured by the Combine and taken to the Citadel,with Gordon,aided by Barney and D0g,goes to the Citadel. He gets caught in a Combine"confiscation chamber",which destroys all of his weapons except for the Gravity Gun,the energy enhancing it's capabilities and turning it into a superior weapon. He is captured riding in a Combine transport pod and is taken to Dr. Breen's office,where he is holding Eli and Alyx captive. Breen explains his plans for further conquest of the humans by the Combine. Breen tries to escape through a portal,but Gordon destroys the portal reactor with the super-charged Gravity Gun. Breen is annihilated in the resulting explosion,but just before Gordon and Alyx get killed,time is frozen,and the G-Man appears,praising Gordon for his actions in City 17 and the Citadel,and puts Gordon back into stasis.

The characters are pretty cool,even if some of the characters can tend to be annoying*looks at Barney*

The music is pretty cool,tho the game mostly relies on ambiance.

The weapons are pretty good,just really your standard FPS weapons,except the Gravity Gun is added,which lets you move almost any object at will. Heck,you get a crowbar also x) :)

This is an amazing game overall,it seriously deserves the critical acclaim that it's gotten,and I HIGHLY recommend this game,even to those that haven't played Half-Life before,it's def worth the 10 bucks
10/10 from me :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Half-Life 2: What does it have to offer?

Let's see: We get a Crowbar, Unique Enemies, Amazing Story, Crowbar, Funny Sayings, Boxes, Crowbar, Crowbar, Head Humpers, Crowbar, Amazing scenery, Good "Supportive" Characters, Crowbar, the Mysterious G-Man, Crowbar, and above all: A huge cliff hanger.

I really do recommend this game. It's fun, it's elusive, thought-boggiling, action-y, unique, and above all: Crowbar Approved. 8.5/10, amazing game, really love it. Thanks for reading this.


























































Crowbar.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
57.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Amazing story, fun gameplay, and pretty decent graphics. Best game I've ever played.

10/10, would play again (and again, and again, and again...)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
This game is awesome.
I am not going to write a long review but I will tell some things...
Good pacing, Good challenge, Great story, and overall a great game.
Buy it!
9.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Until recently, I haven't ever played a Half Life game. It was only when a Youtuber I watch started a series on Half Life 1. I then booted up HL2 for the first time(I got it gifted to me a while back but hadn't played it). Let me say, Half life hit so many great spots, and I feel confident saying that it was the most fun time I have had in a video game!!! I will soon be picking up episodes 1 and 2 and I am excited for what the series will bring. If you are on the rocks about buying Half Life 2, then I can advise you to purchase it, for less that $10USD, you can buy a game that gives exciting, action filled entertainment. Also, if you are thinking about value for money, Half Life 2 give a long campaign (It took me 14 hours to beat blind)

After playing Half Life 2, I can now fully understand the hype behind Mr Gordan Freeman!!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
What can we say anymore ? This is Half Life 2, this is legendary product of pc gaming. Awesome story and characters, better than a lot of action and future science movies, you can be sure. I think this game beginning for everything in game industry again. After ten years still playable and enjoyable. Also don't forget to play Episode One and Two. Absolutely 10/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Half Life 2 Is One Of The Best Modern Shooters Of All-Time. The Gameplay In Half Life 2 Is Amazing And The Variety Of Weapons Is Great. The Graphics Are Great And The Areas Are Awesome. The Sound Design Is Great Although The Enemies Can Sound A Little Weird. The Story Is Extremely Good And The Source Engine Does A Fantastic Job Making Half Life 2 The Definitive Steam Experience.

Overall Score:9.8/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
I would recommend this because, I found it very interesting... But mostly the fun of running around taking down the combine, which I enjoyed the most... The music went well with the game... The ending I found to be great...
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