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Release Date: Nov 16, 2004

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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.
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The1911Guy
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
10/10

A must-have. An entertaining fps and a classic valve game.
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Captain Elise
( 15.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
high tech and nice games
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The Rum Chum
( 32.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Just play half life 3 it's better
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Zyan
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
What a great game! Story, graphics, sound, characters, weapons! ...at the time of this review this game is only $10. Amazing deal! I payed $20. I would pay $40!
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botjr6678
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
GAME OF THE YEAR NEEDS HALF LIFE 3 1000/10
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Rachel >GAMER GIRL<
( 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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Calum
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Just beat this for the first time. Very impressed with how well it plays! It's a long, enjoyable game!

Can't wait for Half Life 3
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Skiddo
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
A must have for any PC Gamer
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wierdestaverage
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
its been 10 years when is the 3rd one gonna be released?
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El Hynek
( 14.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
One of best games, I´ve ever played.
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Alascala79
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
This is the single greatest game I have ever played in my entire life. Half-Life was an amazing game and will be placed on top 10 lists for years to come, however, Half-Life 2 only expanded and made perfect an already incredible game. Half-Life 2 is THE first person shooter game.
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Cavej
( 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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smartsystems
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Years later is still a great game and well worth your time in an immersive long campaign with lots of thrills
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Raf
( 8.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Product received for free
FEEL FREE PLAY THIS GAME!!!!!!
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Oarack Bbama
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Good Game
WHERE IS MY HALFLIFE 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Shang Tsung
( 42.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Game runs smooth and crisp with my outdated vidcard, but still provides outstanding graphics. Solid Engine. Is this the engine from Id software, enhanced by Valve? I think so. All hail the brainac John Carmack \m/

Gameplay & story: 10/10 Puzzles, platforming, fps adds up to a rewarding gameplay experience.
Took me 40 hours to beat the game, it may take 3/4ths less time if you're just good at these type of games, ... But hey, I'm glad to say I finished my first Half life game. (On easy)
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I can't say enough good things about the game, it's a classic that I'm sure shook the pc game scene when it came out. Anyways, yes I reccomend.
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ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
don't see the big deal about the game.
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Tt eSPORTS T!t@ñ
( 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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[λ]Grimzone
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I LOVE THIS SERIOUS ;^; so much it hurts.
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stormroad
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
#1 Game EVER Made
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
60 of 67 people (90%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
I'm not good at writing reviews but here it goes
Pros:
+Graphics are outstanding (for a game that was developed in 2004)
+Gameplay is nice
+The game is challenging you won't be able to beat this game easily
+Great soundtracks
+Physics is perfect (almost)
+Maps are very detailed
+Variety of weapons
+Hard to beat enemies
+Great Environment
Cons:
-No Half-Life 3 :(

Overall rating:-
9.5/10
So I can safely say it is worth buying
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40 of 48 people (83%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
If you don't own this game.
You should feel shame.
You are not part of the Gamer Race.
Unless you buy this game of grace.

11/10 Would worship GabeN.
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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Now I know from where was that music cutscene intro with Mr. Valve everytime I launch a VALVe game. Sensational. It feels right in. 'Rise and shine, Mister Freeman. Rise and... shine' indeed. ;)
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'Write a review for Half-Life 2' ah yeah great game! :xD.

(:edit:14may:)
Also, Laszlo, aka the finest mind of his generation(according to Sandy) recommends this game.

...
Who is Laszlo and Sandy? Play the game!
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
"Half Life 2 is the best game of human kind. It revolutionized the gaming industry and shaped human evolution. It was well thought out and had the best graphics of the centuary. This god of a game also features a no glitch system, and a nice community who doesnt hold people who dont like the game hostage and force them to write this statment."

Ok, there I wrote it... you can take the gun away from my head Gabe
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
*Note: At the time of this review I have only played Half-Life 1 and its expansions, along with the base game of Half-Life 2, which I am currently reviewing. I have yet to play the next two episodes that branch off from this game.

Overview
Half-Life 2 is hands down the best linearly crafted game I have ever played. Every aspect of this masterpiece has been perfected by the developers, and I really can't stress how well it all comes together. In this review I will go over Half-Life 2's graphics/performance, gameplay, story, and some closing thoughts in order to break down its flawlessness.

Wake up Mr. Freeman, wake up and smell the ashes.

Graphics/Performance
It may be just over a decade old, but Half-Life 2 is still a seriously beautiful game. From the textures to the physics, all was designed to the highest fidelity that could possibly be achieved in those times, and then some. The visuals were so ahead of their time in fact, it took another 3 years for any game to catch up to Half-Life 2's graphical prowess, which was the first Crysis game. I really can't see how anyone, even today, can truthfully say Half-Life 2 is outdated aesthetically speaking. Crank all the video settings to max, play in 1080p, easily get 60fps+ and you're in for a scenic experience through a wonderful game. Now, on with the performance. Much like all other games based on the source engine, Half-Life 2 runs with barely a single deficiency. The only problem that arose for me while playing through the games campaign was a recurring crash at a particular point in the chapter: "Follow Freeman!" I had a save about 10 seconds before the crash, and there was nothing I could do to prevent it from happening shortly after loading it. I ended up having to resort to a save from 10 minutes before, and upon arriving at that point in the game again, there was no crash. I really have no guess as to why the game was failing, other than maybe something specifically hectic that may have been going on at the time, which the games engine couldn't handle. Other than this small instance, the visuals and performance of Half-Life 2 are near faultless.

Gameplay
Much like the previous entry in the Half-Life franchise, the gameplay is what it's really all about. Whether you're shooting down the remnants of the Xen forces, overtaking the Combine, driving a scout car through the breathtaking coast, or commanding an army of Antlions, you're sure to have fun with whatever you're doing in Half-Life 2. Throughout the campaign you'll gather an arsenal of weapons in order to wage visceral and tactical combat against your foes. Due to this, there are plenty of ways to take down your adversaries. The game also shows it's variety in battle through the perfectly paced and skill-taxing boss battles. They always occur at just the right time to catch you off guard, and always really test you no matter the difficulty at which you play. The last great aspect of Half-Life 2's action happens near the end game when you get a squad of fighters to accompany you. There isn't all that much you can do command them other than telling them where they go, but they do offer more full-on warlike action in certain scenes of the game, rather than you being the sole warrior against an entire army. Other than combat, there's also a bit of puzzling and platforming to do, which is all done very well. This wall of text may not do it justice, but all considered the gameplay of Half-Life 2 is quite glorious.

Story
Half-Life 2 carries on the story of the original, with some genuinely confusing twists and turns. You are still Gordon Freeman, and have been reassigned to action by the mysterious G-Man to continue your fight to save humanity. Since Black Mesa you have become something of a hero to the human race, who are in dire need of one. Anywhere from 10-20 years after the original is when Half-Life 2 takes place, and since then Earth has been taken over by a masked race of aliens known only as the Combine. During this invasion, Gordon was still in the G-Man's purgatory, so we are unsure how it all went down. They have essentially enslaved humanity, and there is next to no hope left in the world. That is, until the return of Gordon Freeman. You'll meet up with a few characters shortly after the game begins, some of which you already know from the original game, and some of whom are new. What connects you all the most, however, is your ongoing effort to overthrow the Combine and regaining the Earth once again so that all humans can live freely. They are also all connected by being great characters, but that's beside the point. This may all sound somewhat spoilery, but all of what I've just described occurs in the first 30 minutes, so don't worry. To sum up, Half-Life 2 is a continuation of the already complicated original Half-Life, which just adds to the mind bending confusion and interesting narrative when all is said and done.

Final Thoughts
Half-Life 2 is a classic just like the original that came before it. Throughout the games 11-13 hour campaign, I've fallen even more madly in love with this series. I still have a little bit more content from Half-Life 2 to play via episode 1 and 2, but I now deeply fear the crushing depression that others have felt for years in wait of Half-Life 3. So Valve, do me a favor and announce it shortly after I complete episode 2, alright? This franchise is just ♥♥♥♥ing fantastic and we all deserve more. Now please, everyone who is even remotely entertained by the FPS genre, play this game if you somehow haven't already. I can't believe I allowed myself to be so late to the party. This game is truly pure gaming gold in every sense of the words.

Personal Rating: 10/10
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
"And if you see Dr. Breen, tell him I said 'F**K YOU!'."
- Barney Calhoun
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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
This needs a sequal... NOW...
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
31.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
John Freeman walked like speed of light back to his motorcycl and left behind the bad place behind him. John Freeman had to ride his motorcycle really fast back to the office but John Freemans gas ran out. John Freeman jumped fast off the motorcycle and landed on dead peoples hands.

"Gordon Freeman is now these hands... i must kill the next boss and live up to full-life consequences!" John Freeman said out loud.

John Freeman picked up a laser gun and aimed it at trees to see if he could. John Freeman shot and tree fell down in front of him. John Freeman seen eggs fall out of the tree and he put them back home safe.

"These birds dont have to see Gordon Freeman yet. its not time." John Freeman said to him.

John Freeman had to walked faster and was back at his office work and on a computer. He looked on the internet and found the next boss.

"I know his weakness now" John Freeman said. And after that he got emails from someone. John Freeman opened up the emails and read them.

"Dear John Freeman, how are you? I miss you at home come home safe and soon with Gordon Freeman for thanksgiving dinner. Love mom." John Freeman looked at it and got sad and yelled "I WILL KILL THE BOSS AND GORDON FREEMAN WILL BE HAPPY SOUL!" then he turned on off the computer and wet on the platform again down to his other more faster motorcycle that had gas in it this time.

John Freeman put the laser gun on his motorcycle and his machine gun and his rocket gun that he found on the side of the motorcycle. He went through traffic and went fast like litning to back to Ravenholm and back to the bad place where Gordon Freeman was. John Freeman went off road and did backflips and landed on back wheels but kept going too.

John Freeman went really fast again like before and was soon back again at Ravenholm but saw more zombie goasts. John Freeman said to them "Zombie goasts i have killed your friends at the old house and i dont want to shoot your heads. move near the countrysides and you will be friends of John Freeman." The zombie goasts said that "no we will kill you" and walked fast to John Freemans motorcycle. John Freeman waited until they were in front of his motorcycle and backflipped off his bars and shot heads below and landed and walked fast to where the next boss was.

"you will be one of us!" yelled the dead zombie goasts. John Freeman laughed and shot a rocket at them.

John Freeman saw the next boss far down the road and walked slow this time. He walked really slow like a turtle and sat down on a rock and watched the next boss near the dead last boss and where the place that Gordon Freeman was. The next boss was laughing at John Freeman so John Freeman said "YOU WILL NOT LAUGH AT ME!" and shot a rocket at him since that was his weakness.

The next boss died and John Freeman was happy. He walked over to the dead bosses and put them under the ground and planted pants on them so instead of messy dirt and dark there was pretty things there now to be happy.

John Freeman walked to where Gordon Freeman was lying dead and crushed from the next bosss feet and looked down. A tear droped out of John Freemans eye and landed on Gordon Freeman.

"You are dead bro and i killed the evil boss." John Freeman told Gordon Freeman

Then John Freeman saw something bad. A headcrab was on Gordon Freeman! Gordon Freeman standed up and said "John Freeman... you got here slow and now i am zombie goast. you will pay..."

to be continued...?
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Game starts off with Gman having a speech with Gordon Freeman. Gordon Freeman wakes up abord the Trump train. The train stops and thus begins Mr. Freeman's one purpose in life. To make City 17 great again.

11/10 would play again.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
53.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
I still think this is the best FPS out there. It's single player, yes, but for many of us who enjoy a good story and mechanics over multiplayer features, this games, on this genre, has no equal. Gonna make this review short, as I don't think I can add much more to what is already known.
Graphics and AI are old, sure. But still looking great compared to some games nowadays. But the main focus of this review is the story behind the game. The lore. The map designs. Everything is so well done that you almost feel it's a movie and not a game. If you like FPS, this game is a must. My recommendation, however, is to first play HL1. Then get this one
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
41.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 19
Genialna gra z fantastycznym klimatem i rewelacyjną fabułą! Polecam!
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
SOOO GOOOD if u never play... BUY!!! I SWEAR SO GOOD BEST GAME EVER.!!!!!!!!!!!! 10000000/100
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Half-Life 2 is the long awaited sequel to the original Half-Life game and makes it's unique mark as quite possibly be one of the greatest game or greatest FPS game ever created. Half-Life 2 was created using the Source engine which runs flawlessly with gorgeous visual, physics interaction, and smooth gameplay. Half-Life 2 improves upon every single aspect of the original game including a longer and more solid story and campaign. The best thing about Half-Life 2 is the Gravity gun, which allows you to pick up and throw any object - making even a toilet a deadly weapon! If you only play one FPS game in your life, the choice is simple: Half-Life 2.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
I playd this game
Bought some cyuka nugets in cyuka donalds
Then i found cyuka man
Then he took all my cyuka wepons
Then i wake up
On a cyuka train
I found some cyuka girl
She brought me to her ♥♥♥♥ dad
I get cyuka gun
I shoot cyuka ball
I get cyuka car
I break cyuka car
I get cyuka lion ball
I kill cyuka brean
The end


10/10 needs more cyuka nuggets
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
68.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
yeas get the dang game!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny