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Release Date: Nov 16, 2004

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"One of the best Single Player FPS ever made, developed in the rock solid Source Engine which provides responsiveness not found in many other shooters."

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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
54.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
This game is acclaimed as being legendary.
So, obviously I HAD to play the entire franchise.
I'm still hooked on the lore and gameplay.

If you're expecting the old fast-paced bangabangkaoombBLAAAMSCHDOWPOPOPOOM of Half Life 1, well, I'll get in to that later.

The storytelling and graphics hold up to this day. In fact, some would say they're BETTER than todays. Amazing(?) physics, lighting, and if you get past the mayonaise jar glitch with turret-armed Metrocops, the A.I. is spectacular, often working in squads and providing covering fire for one another, throw grenades, etc.

For those old glory fans, this isn't the aftermath of Black Mesa getting nuked. This is the aftermath of a resonace cascade, and gas-masked aliens are here to ♥♥♥♥ up your world view.

The level design is certainly iconic. Looming feeling of the Combine always watching you in the Eastern European City 17, sunset-casted and damp Canals, haunting, deathly and heavy night of Ravenholm. Sheer cliffs and winding highways of the Coast, crumbling and invasive metal structures of Nova Prospekt, and the fiery streets of the battle of City 17, soldiers and natural hazards lurking at every corner of the way.

Gameplay is, and I'm going to shamelessly compare to HL1, slower than its predecessor, but still lots of fun. Your sprint, possibly to service the more serious storytelling, is literally limited to a meter, and that's WITH the suit. Weapon choice is also notched down from the original, which is slightly dissapointing as well. It's made up, however, for a select iconic masterpiece made specifically for this game: and I'm not talking about any old crowbar. The Gravity Gun is one of the best weapons ever made for a videogame, even if it's introduced quite a ways in to the game.

Overall?
9.5/10. Very slight imperfections I notice, but otherwise a great choice for any gamer out there.





AND THEN THERE'S THE EPISODE-
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
——— 9/10 ———

+ Level Design/Aesthetics
+ Kinaesthetics
+ Difficulty Fairness/Gameplay Diversity
+ Achievements
+ AI
+ Score
+ Lore

- Characters development/Narration
- Cliffhanger

Recomended controls scheme: PC
Recomended difficulty: Hard

FPS Ethalone.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
After years of hesitating to play, now that i've completed this game, i can safely say that this is one of the best steam games you can buy right now. The graphics are great, better than some modern games. The story is pure excellence. the gameplay is superb. The soundtrack is some of the best i heard in a long time. Just play it now, you will not be dissapointed.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
I like this game very much and i am collecting badge of this game this is a nice shooting game
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
102.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
12 Years later and still good as ♥♥♥♥
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
64.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
I don't think I've ever played this game and went "Damn, this is boring!". But that is because this game is never boring, it's such a classic and the gameplay always makes me come back, you can always pick this classic up and play it every once in a month. It might not be much now but back then? It certainly left a mark in history.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
crowbar...................
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Timeless classic , an absolute MUST play. This game kickstarted Valve , steam and revolutionized pc gaming
and the fps genre forever. I replay this game multiple times a year , mostly with it's Co-op mod Synergy.
Half Life 2 Is a master piece in every way possible and will be remember as the greatest singleplayer fps of all time and it DESERVE'S that title!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
-_- *waiting patiently for hl3*
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
I can honestly say this is the best game i've ever expericened. Great story, great maps, great enemies.
Everything about this game is amazing, and its a great sequel to the game that started it all.
10/10.
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TyrannosaurusFlex
7.3 hrs
Posted: September 27
A very nice turd
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abombpoker
17.1 hrs
Posted: September 27
12 years later, is the game still good? Lol.... HL2's game play was hardly innovate(physics != game play), and the world was surprisngly empty, and the story, almost non-existant... But the engine, the graphics, the art direction, the colors chosen, and the attention to detail in the textures(low res as they are) are all outstanding.

The art direction cannot be discounted in why this game was so successful. It's a pleasure look at the palette of colors before my eyes when playing HL2. The level of detail and realness of decay is uncanny. The artists poored their soul into it, and the engineers brought it to life.

The game design, story and level design are all souly(pun intended) lacking in HL2, or at best, do not mesh well together. While the game play is is pretty much the same as HL1, it doesn't work nearly as well in huge wide open level designs. HL1 worked well because the levels were tight and closed, which intensified the combat and mystery of trying to escape the labyrnith of black mesa.

The levels are far too big for how empty they feel. I feel like episode one(the sequel to HL2) really tightened up the level design, and is a much more fun experience, but that's for another review.

So HL2 has the huge, amazing levels, that feel like they span miles, but there' s just not enough objects, stories or well designed fights to make the game play feel warm....

The game play feels cold, but the surface of the game, is beyond beautiful....

All that said, its' one of the most beautiful first person shooter games every created, and many people put their soul into it; it's a real treat to be able to do a play through uninterrupted. I do think HL2 lacks replayabilty, unlike other FPS, such as Doom, but I still recommend at least one play through for any true fan of FPS, or artists.

I can't stress it enough, what HL2 does right, it does perfect, and those strands of perfection are so rare and special, this game needs to get a 9/10, even though, the game play is really a 5/10, ... , it's just those perfect parts of the game, do not miss out on them.

9 out of 10.
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Our NeW+M1ssion
1.0 hrs
Posted: September 27
Game of the century.
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ItsBildo
4.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
What can be said about Half-Life 2 that hasnt already been said? Its a classic, a staple for the PC gamer. It is the quintessential game for any/every collector..... the only question is; Half-Life 3?
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bearbrine
32.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
10/10 love it
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The Man™
4.4 hrs
Posted: September 27
Lord Gaben's Gift To The World.

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Willie
4.7 hrs
Posted: September 27
yes
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Skylark
48.8 hrs
Posted: September 27
Лучшая игра 2004 года!
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N1dxb avrageorc80285
2.6 hrs
Posted: September 27
can be fun and at sometimes can be boring
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LOGAN NOOB SLAYER
1.4 hrs
Posted: September 26
THIS GAME IS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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