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Very Positive (496 reviews) - 94% of the 496 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overwhelmingly Positive (35,777 reviews) - 96% of the 35,777 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 16, 2004

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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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"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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
One of the best video games in history of mankind. Enough said.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
213.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
"There is really no place in this enterprise for a rogue physicist."

This game, being a decade classic, still excels in the departments of character interaction, intriguing dialogue and voice work.

To this day, this game is still really enjoyable to boot up and just play countless times, I am still shocked that there are people still out there that have not played this game. Let alone not have it in their library.

10/10 - Your hour has come again.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Okey,finaly i beat this game and now i write rewiev (sorry for my realy bad englesh)
okey experiens is awsome you play as doctor fremen lot of fun and one of best game i played
it's have nice grapic for year it's out on and lot of fun mods you can play
i kill combine whit box
10/10 IGN
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
111.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
A legend that needs no explaining. It's Half-Life 2.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
A First Person Sci-Fi Shooter
+ The gameplay even to this day is a TON of fun. You will mainly be blasting soldiers, zombies, and a variety of alien-like creatures. You also get to do a fair bit of puzzle solving, exploring, and a few vehicle based driving missions.
+ Mysterious yet deep sci-fi rich story. Basically, the Combine (An alien-race) have taken over Earth and essentially enslaved the population. You Morgan Freeman are basically the savior, and lead the rebellion for freedom. (Although trust me, there's a lot more to it)
+ Very large open environments with a lot to explore.
+ Variety of unique weapons with many that have an alternate fire ability. More importantly the "Gravity Gun" which you can use to pick up and launch objects at enemies is just so much fun!
+ The Physics and Physics-Based Puzzles were fantastic, even for today's standards. The puzzles just feel very satisfying and are not overly difficult to solve.
+ Personally, the Airboat and Scout Car vehicle missions were a joy to play with a great sense of speed and freedom along with being very well thought out with some unique obstacles.
+ Very challenging "boss" fights that come in many varieties. You take down helicopters, gunships, Antlion Guards, Striders, and so fourth that are all very exciting and thrilling.
+ Ravenholm...a level with a dark eerie vibe infested with zombies. In my opinion, this level was amazing and probably inspired Left 4 Dead. This level was completely different from anything encountered before or after, and is truly a fantastic zombie-survival experience...with a comedic Russian companion to help you along.
+ For a FPS, Half Life 2 has A LOT of content. According to some surveys, the main story takes about 10-14hours. It took me about 9 hours going through pretty quicky, but I was left feeling completely satisfied.
+ Fantastic soundtrack with many atmospheric pieces that really help emerse the player into the game world.
+ The controls felt great, making gunfights fun and skill-based.
+ You get to control companions (including Antlion creatures) for a few missions which is quite enjoyable
+ Although this game was made in 2004, I need to mention that the graphics still look good to this day.

- I felt like some levels were overly drawn out or a bit too lengthy. Especially Nova Prospekt (The Prison). At some points it felt like I was just going through a very long maze filled with enemies.
- The story is lacking in some aspects and can leave new players feeling a bit lost. For the majority of the game you are traveling alone for long periods and are told to go from place to place without a good explanation of what you are meant to be doing and why. Even at the end of the game, I couldn't help but wonder what was going on...

~ Just a personal note, but I wish they included some sort of medium range rifle or burst-shot gun. You get pistols, shotgun, pistol, crossbow, and machine guns, but not much to precisely take out enemies from afar. I was also a bit curious as to why they did not give you a sniper rifle as the Combine are seen using them throughout the game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Get to work, Mr. Freeman.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 21
great game but how do i download season 3 xd
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I simply loved this game. It has just the right ammount of story, gameplay and a small bit of puzzles. For me, I see a lot of replayability. Some acheivements are easy to get and some are hard. You get to do fun stuff like breaking into a prison with a handful of bugs to help you save your ally, find a town infested with zombies and have to find a way out! I think the game is without a doubt it's worth the money.

Warning: It just makes you want more Half-Life.

But seriously: Gabe Newell please make Half-Life 3!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
662.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Really cool first person shooter games deffintley built for singleplayer
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30.6 hrs
Posted: October 28
first game I've ever bought.
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Master Mongooku
10.5 hrs
Posted: October 27
Half-Life 3?
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9.3 hrs
Posted: October 27
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25.3 hrs
Posted: October 27
Still fun many years in.
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55.3 hrs
Posted: October 27
when you have a game that know-one says looks dated or poor 10+ years later, you know you have a good game. buy it. you wont regret it. half life 3....still waiting...
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27.8 hrs
Posted: October 27
'This is such a FPS Clone' - Said A Clueless friend of mine.

No, It's Half Life, Shut up.
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2.5 hrs
Posted: October 27
great game
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10.6 hrs
Posted: October 27
I was dissapointed in "Half Life 2" because everyone told me too expect great things and results when you would play it... honestly there are far more better games.
At some points in the game i got really annoyed because some missions just took too long and were some of what boring.
But there are also other parts of the game where i was impressed.
I don't hate the game, it's not bad that is for sure, but just expected way more with all those comments and reviews.

If you really need a game where storytelling, action, sci-fi, sounds, etc are the extraordinary? play Mass Effect!
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4.1 hrs
Posted: October 27
If you die - git gud
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