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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (23,049 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, Portal, Team Fortress 2

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

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

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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.
Helpful customer reviews
859 of 900 people (95%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Do you like any of the following in gaming?
- Valve
- Zombies
- First-Person Shooters
- Great Storylines
- Puzzles
- Beating the sh*t out of your enemies
- Easter Eggs
- Airboats
- Jeeps
- Operating Cranes
- Jumpscares
- Confusion
- Puzzles that are so easy, that when you finally figure out the answer, you feel dumb as hell
- Guns
- Saving the universe from aliens, zombies, and combine troops
- Helicopters
- Dropships
- Headcrabs
- Crowbars
- Feeling like you are an MLG Pro
- Blowing things up
- Pressing Buttons (Very little :\)
- Amazing Graphics
- Good FPS
- Horror
- Singleplayer (Co-op mod for this is Synergy)
- Suspense
- Hilarious Reactions
- Fun
- Sci-Fi
- Action
- Hidden Objects
- Achievements that will make you go Achievement Hunting
- Originality
- Playing catch with a "DOG"
- Shooting Spiders (*cough* *cough* Headcrabs *cough*)
- Trains
- Fast-Paced Games
- Puzzles that will still confuse you the next time you play the game and/or attempt to make a walkthrough/tutorial on
- Grenades
- Sawblades
- Levels that remind you of TF2
- Game References
- Explosions
- Setting sh*t on fire
- Splattering Combine/Bad Guys
- Defying the Rules/Laws of Gravity
- Rejections
- Comedy
- Making Living things become dead ragdolls and making them die in style/fashion/fabulously/brutaly/hilariously
- Throwing things
- Sports (Basketball)
- Secrets
- A Creepy and mysterious man appearing in locations that you normally would just pass by (*cough* *cough* GMan)
- Easter Egg Hunts
- Candy
- Pyros
I mean nothing... DANGIT! NO TF2 REFERENCES! Anyways, back to listing... *sighs and clears throat*
- Submachine Guns
- Crossbows and Archery
- Beaches
- Water
- Gates
- Tunnels
- Obstacle Courses
- Driving
- Shotguns
- Teaming up with random citizens that you will never know or that you don't already know, but they somehow know your name (Duh, cause you're Gordan f***ing Freeman)
- A game that will leave you hungry for more

Or you just need some good footage to record for your YouTube channel...

THEN THIS GAME IS FOR YOU!

"Rig/Setup"
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PC Model: HP EliteBook 8440p

Processor: Inter(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 520 @2.40GHz 2.40 GHz

RAM: 4.00 GB (3.80 GB Usable)

System Type: 64-bit Operating System

And it's surprising that I can get 60+ FPS on this game throughout the whole game! Do you have a crappy computer? Well apparently, THAT DOESN'T MATTER! :D
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195 of 223 people (87%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Truly interesting story, but we need part 3 already.
Wait...
Do you see that?

97% of the ratings are positive.
100% is the maximum.
100% minus 97% equals...
3!
What is this conspiracy?
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128 of 149 people (86%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
It's not Call of Duty.
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111 of 131 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Gabe ... we need another masterpiece like this in the name of Half Life 3.
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87 of 100 people (87%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Gordon Freeman.
Gordon Freeman has the letter 'G' in it.
Do you know what else has the letter 'G' in it?
Thats right.
The galapagos penguin.
The galapagos penguin is a bird.
Do you know what else is a bird?
Thats right.
The chuck Will's widow
But what do birds have to do with Half Life, you say.
Lets find out!
So far we mentioned 2 birds.
The word ''two'' contains 3 letters.
The word ''letters'' contains 2 letters 'T'
2 + 3 - 2 = 3

Half Life 3 Confirmed...
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62 of 72 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
"....." - Gordon Freeman

SUCH A WISE MAN.
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744 of 1,153 people (65%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF HALF-LIFE 2 WHEN YOU COULD BE PLAYING THIS BEAUTIFUL GAME
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48 of 56 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
This is quite possibly the very only game experience that I will tell about to my grandchildren like if it was a war memoir

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44 of 51 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
No steam library is complete without this...
No PC Master is complete without this...
No life is complete without this...
No happiness is complete without this...
No Toaster is complete without this...
No ♥♥♥ Waffle is complete without this...
You're not complete without this.
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26 of 29 people (90%) found this review helpful
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Six years is a long wait for a sequel, but it was well worth it. In that time, Valve created their own game engine, known as Source, and with the Gravity Gun quickly became THE game to copy. Like ClassicDOOM before it, most FPS games that came after Half-Life 2 valiantly attempted to copy the in-game physics engine that allows to to catch and repel in-game props. Many of them succeeded, but Half-Life 2 was the first to do it, and gamers know where to give credit where credit is due.

Once again, you play as Gordon Freeman, mute savior of humankind. Reawakened by the G-Man from the previous game "some time later," you find that the world as you know it is no longer. The Combine have successfully invaded and subjuated humanity, and it's only a matter of time before Man becomes just another X-stamp on the Combine's evolutionary whiteboard. Unless you can rise up to the challenge of liberating your very species, that time will approach far quicker than you'd like.

One of the first FPS games to introduce drivable vehicles, adding the Gravity Gun is just icing on this cake (that's a metaphor, not a lie). Chock full of references and easter-eggs, Valve should be proud that their title has continued to successfully carry the FPS banner.
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
I hit a person with a crowbar.

10/10
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Really good game,Worth every penny!
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
Gordon freeman saved my life
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Ho rigiocato HL2 dopo 10 anni. Ho impiegato 4 giorni a finirlo, contro il mese impiegato 10 anni fa. Questo mi rassicura non poco riguardo alla mia memoria e capacità di apprendimento, evidentemente non ancora del tutto devastate dall'età... Il gioco si presenta ancora molto bene, e quando si inizia è difficile smettere (un po' come con le sigarette). Certo lo stupore provato la prima volta, per la grafica, la fisica e il gameplay oggi non c'è più, ma il divertimento è comunque ancora assicurato. I percorsi obbligati, gli enigmi mai troppo complicati e le ottime possibilità di salvataggio rendono il gioco sempre scorrevole e mai frustrante. L'HDR ha reso la grafica ancora più realistica (per un gioco di 10 anni fa, ovviamente). Un po' lenti i caricamenti, e i salvataggi causano spesso momentanei inceppamenti, particolarmente fastidiosi a livello audio.
Resta in ogni caso un gioco fondamentale, una vera pietra miliare da non perdere assolutamente.

I replayed HL2 after 10 years. It took me four days to finish it, against the month took 10 years ago. That reassures me more than a little about my memory and learning ability, apparently not yet completely devastated by age ... The game is still very good, and when you start it is hard to stop (a bit like with cigarettes). Certainly the astonishment felt the first time, for graphics, physics and gameplay today is no more, but the fun is still yet assured. The obligatory paths, the puzzles never too complicated and very good chances of saving make the game always smooth and never frustrating. The HDR made even more realistic graphics (for a ten years old game, of course). A little slow the loadings, and saving often produced momentary jamming, particularly annoying to hear.
It is in any case a crucial game, a milestone not to be missed.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Half-Life 2. A legend and a well known game.
I can only describe the magnificence of this game with some Gordon Freeman's words: " "
wow, such a great man... i cri evritiem...

λ /10 - the only thing you need is a crowbar

Headcrab sasha is out, peace.
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
47.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Too little water
11/10
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
10 years old, and still the best ♥♥♥♥ing game I've ever played.
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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
If you are new to playing first person shooters and want some great story you should try this game.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
I'd sell my soul for Half-Life 3
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
117.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
We remember the Freeman. We are coterminous. There is no distance between us. No false veils of time or space may intervene. We see you still in Black Mesa. Clearly we see you in the Nihilanth's chamber. We bear witness to the bright eternity of the Nihilanth's demise. You leap, you fall, we see you flash between the barriers. We are there still, in observance of your final stroke. While our own lay scattered at your feet, you severed the vortal cord that bound the Nihilanth to life, and to us. That sharp spur of hope has not dulled to this day. For once the lesser master lay defeated, we knew the greater must also fall in time.

For a brief time you joined with us. You are one. Between the worlds. Communion of the Vortessence. And that other: a deeper mystery. No deeper than the void itself. We cannot forget those whose cords you cut. Forgiveness is not ours to bestow. Unity of purpose, the shattering of common shackles, a single road we tread. Your song we sing and shall sing for eternity. No matter the consequences of this struggle. You have brought us grief and jubilation beyond measure. With you beside us, a talisman of victory, the day of freedom draws nigh.

Your bright face obscures your darker mask. We call you sib, although your mind and meaning are a mystery to us. Far distant eyes look out through yours. Something secret steers us both. We shall not name it. We have endured these chafing bonds for eons, yet a single moment of further servitude seems intolerable! How often have we slipped our yoke, only to find it choking us again. Let this war end in either total victory or our extinction. No further compromise shall we allow. We take our stand beside you, here, upon this miserable rock.

The way ahead is dark for the moment. What seems to you a sacrifice is merely, to us, an oscillation. We do not fear the interval of darkness. We are a tapestry woven of Vortessence. It is the same for you if only you would see it. How many are there in you? Whose hopes and dreams do you encompass? Could you but see the eyes inside your own, the minds in your mind, you would see how much we share.

We are you, Freeman. And you are us.
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