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Release Date: Nov 16, 2004

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"This is the one unmissable game. It’s time to get that cutting-edge PC system. Sell your grandmother, remortgage the cat, do whatever you have to do."
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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.
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Critty52
( 26.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Very fun enjoyed it alot
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[HEAVY] ranorton2
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Best game 2004 would free freeman who frees others including freeman. Its awesome!
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sheeN
( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
10/10.

This is the best videogame I have ever played, and easily so. The atmosphere, characters, and story are perfect. There are no discernible parts other than your own human error whilst playing the game. The environments are bleak, the characters are often hopeless. The story is that of perfect science fiction, making Half-Life 2 a contemporary masterpiece. And to add on to that, I was able to pick the game up for $2 during the Steam summer sale.

If you haven't tried it already, do yourself a massive favor. You will be addicted and immersed into the world of Black Mesa.
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spidercroc
( 19.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This game is, without a doubt, one of the best games I've ever played.

Everything is fantastic, even more than a decade later, and honestly it still feels like a better game than some of the new games coming out.

One thing, though. Don't judge the game on reviews alone. It's only $10 and if you want to wait for a sale it gets even cheaper. Buy it, play it, and I swear to you it will be one of the best experiences you've had in a video game.

The only problem is that Half Life 3 still hasn't come out.

TL;DR 10/10
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I no V
( 31.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
+ All episodes really great game! gg valve. hope to see hl3 and the end sumday... when combine are gone!
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BehindAnimeLines
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
It's revolutionary for it's time. It's a great game. Just buy it.
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PROG
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Nice story and gameplay..but...it lags very match in certain points of the mission,crashes a lot,and the loading screen takes too long in every change of environment...what a shame for such a good game!
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teeheeman™
( 19.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
The second one
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SamsungFreak46
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Till this day Half Life 2 still continues to be my all time favorite game of all time. The story and characters are amazing and Gordon Freeman still is awesome as the first time I embarked I'm his life Journey. A game I can play over and over again and never get bored of. Forever will I be a fan of the Half Life Franchise and not let a game I hold dear fade away. If your ready for an adventure then I recommend this game!
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45 of 49 people (92%) found this review helpful
41 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
An intergalactic space cop beat me with a cattle prod for not throwing away a soda can.

10/10 would recycle again.
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Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
This game makes you forgete how much is 2+1.
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
80.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
"Rise and shine,Mr. Freeman,rise and shine"- 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 Story
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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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This is Half-Life 2 !
Where Half-Life 3 ?
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
If you have not played Half-Life 2, I don't know if you can call yourself a gamer.
This is most likely my third time BUYING this game (thanks Gaben for the ever so glorious sales)
And countless hours of playtime. (Not on this account.... yet)
Easily one of the best games ever made.
So come on, buy the Half-Life series, and jump in the HL3 hype/belive bandwagon. <3

PROS:
-friking sick mods
-friking sick story
-cool ♥♥♥ scenery
-cool ♥♥♥ city 17
-cool ♥♥♥ everything.

CONS:
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-g-man was spooky in HL1 when I was a kiddo
-wait this is Half-Life 2

IN CONCLUSION:

11/10 would pass through Ravenholm again
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
"watch out for those headhumpers gordan!"
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Before I played:
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
It was good, but it wasn't as good as Garfield 2: The Tale of Two Kitties
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I threw a can away and got an acheivement. Valve-Encouraging recyling before global warming really mattered to anyone. But seriously. This game is the same length as Half-Life, has amazing graphics for the time and up to par graphics today. This classic is a masterpiece that will never die as long as Half-Life 3 is a myth. Before you buy, wait for a sale and buy the Valve Complete Pack, so you get HL1, HL Opposing Force, HL Blue Shift, HL2, and HL2 Ep. 1&2, all for the price of CS:GO.
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