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Release Date: Nov 16, 2004

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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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Splenly
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Very fun and long game, if you are looking for a game you can play for hours on end here it is. Amazing and gripping storyline with fun fast-paced gameplay, this is one of my favorite games.

Play it in this order:
Half Life: Source
Half Life 2
Half Life 2: Episode 1
Half Life 2: Episode 2
Half Life 2: Lost Coast
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SkrillBonkX1X
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Is clearly one of the best games ever,if you enjoyed Half-Life,you will love Half Life 2
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RaberShef
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
After all those years this game is still perfect. Gameplay is over the top. Clever physics puzzles are really good for showing off the Source engine. Atmosphere is unreal and the fact that there are no cutscenes makes the game more immersive. Story is also a strong point for Sci-Fi fans like me. I played the game for the first time in 2015 and I was amazed how good it was. I usually can't stand games older than around 7 years, because of advancements in the game design and technology today. But for Half-Life 2, I haven't felt the "oldness" in the slightest. Sure, the graphics are nothing like the newest games but it doesn't look ugly either especially for a game that is not demanding at all. Because of that you can crank up the graphics options all the way and the free Half-Life 2: Update mod is definitely a welcome advancement in the graphics side. I was shocked to see the textures holding up just fine with even 4K resolutions. This game is definitely a PC gaming masterpiece and for any person who loves FPS games, puzzles and Sci-Fi, Half-Life 2 is a must play.
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GrandDadSocks
( 18.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is a good game
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From Ashes
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
-Half-Life+
-Story+
-More secrets+
-G-Man (again)+!!!!!
-Really good grapıchs+
-Atmospher+

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ComeHereBoy
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Game is so cool
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dudeboywildman
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
WARNING! Spoilers

The story starts off great and thought provoking and not to mention the game is beautiful. you're Gordon Freeman an ex-scientist who has been put in stasus by a misterious man (this is important later) your about to be taken to nova prospekt (and become a slave) when barnie from the first game goes undercover and saves you. the rest of the story is just filler until the game ends so I will just tell you the end and my problems with it. so first off ypu can break the game in multiple ways. sometimes making all npcs unable to see you, other times you leave without the vehicle. The checkpoint system is pretty awful, but shooting is on point and facial animations are the best. Not to mention the world is so well made. The driving is greatalong with the physics. However people always forget the end level is incredibly satisfying but frustrating to the point where I put the game down just because of the check points. now as much as I have crapped on this game is actually really good. plus it is only 10 dollars however VALVE STOP SEQUEL BATING.

Final review 8/10
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ImAChair
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Pretty amazing.
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mikadeboos
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I highly recommend playing this game to anyone. It's a futuristic, atmospheric, action packed game where sometimes you have to use your brain to get through. The game is a singleplayer with a story to it.

It involves shooting the bad guys and numerous mutated monsters. There is a horror-aspect to it aswell.

Have fun
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CriS
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This game's story is great, i do recommend this game to skilled gamers who play difficult games. That's why i refunded because it was hard to play. Most likely you'll be able to run it even on the worse PCs/Laptops. Anyways it has a great story and i do recommend it to skilled gamers.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
67 of 71 people (94%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
44.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Follow Freeman!

Just play the game without looking at any reviews or videos about it. Get the full experience with headphones and max settings.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
If you wanna play some real singleplayer game, buy this 100%.
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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Half-Life 2. The video game that started the modern generation on first-person shooters and revamped the gaming history into a new era. Originally released in November 2004, the game won multiple game of the year awards and branched gameplay mechanics, including physics and the state-of-the-art game engine that look realistic during its release date. Many people are aware on the game’s popularity and everlasting legacy including various jokes on the awaiting sequel (for many years), but the question remains: Why is this game popular?

The game takes place after the events from Half-Life. You play as Gordon Freeman, the silent protagonist who got a Ph.D. on theoretical physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and knows how to use weapons very effectively; a strange paradox for a character with such features yet highly popular and well-recognized. You are sent to City 17 by the G-Man, a mysterious person or a phenomenon with a mysterious and ambiguous agenda, to overthrow Wallace Breen and the alien oppressors, the Combine. The setting and lore in the Half-Life universe is simply the best, taking some influence from George Orwell’s 1984 or other famous dystopian novels to set the story in tone. Gordon’s influence and previous actions will spark oppressed citizens in City 17 to take arms and revolt against the Combine. From City 17 to the prison at Nova Prospekt, each setting is unique, bleak, but beautifully designed, the game simply defined what a video game should be.

Each NPCs and major characters such as Doctor Issac Kleiner, Barney Calhoun, and other characters interact realistically among each other and to you. In regards to Alyx Vance, your ally and companion, Valve spawned the concept of AI teammates and became a true asset in your journey to rally up the oppressed citizens. Besides good character developments, the best attribute for Half-Life 2 was physic interactions and the game engine. The game engine is Source, which feature high-dynamic range rendering, facial animations, and “realistic physics”; the first game that had such a feature like this.

Are there criticisms for the game? I believe so, but to be honest, I couldn’t find any legitimate criticisms for the game. If one criticism has to be addressed, then the problem is the loading sections. Yes, those tedious loading that interrupted the “flow” in the middle of a long level or after finishing a series of firefights against Civil Protection or Combine forces. These loading or “checkpoints” really halt the immersion in the game. However, this is very common on all Half-Life games and I hope that Valve would address this (if they are working on the sequel…).

Half-Life 2 is pure gold, shining flawlessly on the test of time. With great graphical fidelity at its time, voice acting and realistic AI interaction from your allies and enemies, this game is a rare exception of genuine perfection and grand role model for other game developers to pursue their own game designs. The only thing Half-Life 2 (and its episodes) is a full fledge sequel. Besides many jokes, anxieties, and waning patience for Valve to announce the sequel, the game should be in every PC gamer’s Steam library. No exception. Half-Life 2 is simply the best; a grand overture that started and defined the modern gaming industry in the present time.
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37 of 45 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Basically, it's the best game ever.

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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 3
Best game ever
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
The best FPS of 21st century
It seems as if you only just arrived. You've done a great deal in a small time span.
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I had a dream of Gaben whispering Half Life 3.......

HL3 CONFIRMED????!!!!
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Before Half-Life 2 : Why do people want Half-Life 3 so much?

After : I can see clearly now the rain is gone!




If no HL3 : I hate valve valve sucks


Maybe Valve are just saving up the 3s for a big reveal, who knows. :P
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
I played through Half-Life 2 a couple years ago and loved every minute of it. I can't really say anything new that someone didn't already say. This game is amazing- the gameplay, the atmosphere, the things you interact with is just awesome. One of the best FPS games ever made. If you haven't played Half-Life 2 you really need to buy it and play it. Also buy Half-Life: Episode One and Half-Life: Episode Two. 10/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Groundbreaking, Legendary sci fi FPS that started it all, including the site we're all using!

+ Redefined FPS forever, like its prequel 'Half Life'
+ Semi Dystopian Sci Fi setting
+ Gravity Gun & Physics
+ Amazing story that isn't watched, but EXPERIENCED in gameplay
+ Amazing world craft & level design & lore & atmosphere
+ Still looks good. Graphics stand the test of time
+ Source engine very optimized, runs well on low end hardware

> Make sure to get sequels Episode 1 & 2!
> Episode 3 must've been teleported to Xen world.
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