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Overwhelmingly Positive (822 reviews) - 95% of the 822 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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kristoffbraganca
( 15.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
i admit at first i thought the half life 3 memes were funny even without having played any hl titles. but now that i have. i get it. you think theyre exaggerated, but that they are not. believe me, if you play half life 2 and all the episodes. not only is it one of the greatest games ever but you will want half life 3 more than food or water . i cannot put into words the frustration of not knowing what happens next, but at the very least we can rage together, as a community.

10/10 would play fetch again
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Falkuda
( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
The enviorments and graphics are so appealing to me, and is a great game
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Mr. Argyris
( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Oh my god this game is marvelous.






11/10 Gimme the Half-Life 3 plz.
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Stay Frosty
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Love this game and story XD
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Yung Aleks
( 28.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
My Review for Pizza Hut: The pizza is gud and the wings are meh





my review for half life 2: speachless, get it
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Ned Flanders
( 79.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
There's no excuse to having money and not buying this..
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Non-Fat yogurt
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
3 words. BEST GAME EVER. Seriously though. This game is probably still one of the best fps games out there. This game mixes puzle(kinda) and fps with sci-fi. Although it is different from Half-Life 1, it is really good(better). Get it!
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FliFlaFlasch
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Must have! old but gold!
Still nice graphic and fun to play.
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.:RoS:. FIFAsnipe2224
( 25.7 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 24
Half-Life 1 was my favorie video game.
This is a very worthy fallow up.
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Gordon Freeman
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
its my main game omg 10000000000000/10 the world will be so mad if there are no half life 3

-gaben

half life 3 confirmed
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
64 of 68 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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29 of 31 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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30 of 34 people (88%) 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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35 of 43 people (81%) 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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14 of 16 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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18 of 24 people (75%) found this review helpful
8 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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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
24 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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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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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