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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,013 reviews) - 95% of the 1,013 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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Overwhelmingly Positive (1,013 reviews)
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( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
It was good, but it wasn't as good as Garfield 2: The Tale of Two Kitties
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( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I've been playing this game for years, it never gets old
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( 90.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
One of the first real games I ever played on PC many years ago. The entire Half-Life series has a special place in my heart, but especially Half-Life 2, as it was the first one I played through. New people to the game might say that it's seriously overhyped, but it got me into PC gaming, and I think it could still have that influence over someone today. Except for ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ Alyx. Shut up, Alyx.
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( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Product received for free
Good game
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( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
OMG SO AMAZING i have beat this game 4 times xD
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( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Awesome game, scenario, characters ambient everything.

I am Arachnophobic.
(I shoot like hell when I see those headcrabs)
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Man Of Saturn
( 12.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Half-life 1: 1998

Half-life 2: 2004

Half-life 2 EP 1: 2006

Half-life 2 EP 2: 2007

Half-life 3: ?!?

1/10 because Valve can't count to three.
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( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Great Game,The best in the market,i played this 3-4 years ago,and i played this again today,it has high replability and so much WOW,you can mess around in the 1 chapter,many stuff to explore.GET THIS GAME ! what are you waiting for ??

10/10 Would wait for half life 3 again :)
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( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Fine, I guess I'll be the one to say it. No, I wasn't there for the release of Half Life 2. I wasn't there back when the graphics melted your eyes, the words "proper physics engine" blew your mind and Valve for some strange reason still made video-games. So if you expect me to say that Half Life 2 blew my mind, or that the gameplay is the best in the industry, or that the narrative was brilliantly pulled off, or that a silly video-game made me question what I did with my life before I got my hands on it..

you've come to the right place.

I'm not really sure what there is to say about Half Life 2 that hasn't already been said. But if you've scrolled this far down the steam user reviews page and haven't been convinced yet by the overwhelming amount of people absolutely gushing over this game
think again.
Because hey, this game is actually pretty damn good.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
56 of 65 people (86%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
If you wanna play some real singleplayer game, buy this 100%.
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47 of 54 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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64 of 81 people (79%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
42.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Basically, it's the best game ever.

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48 of 60 people (80%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
25.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 3
Best game ever
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Make Half Life 3 Gaben
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
62.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
Half-Life 2 Review

Initial Release: November 2004
Platform: Xbox 360, Windows, PlayStation 3, Android, Linux, Mac
Genre: First-Person Shooter, Platformer
Theme: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic
Singleplayer: Yes.
Local Multiplayer: Unavailable.
Online Multiplayer: Unavailable.
Level/Chapter Selection: Yes.
Estimated Campaign Duration: 6-9 hours.
Third-Party Mod Support/Availability: Yes.
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0 (supports DirectX 7 & DirectX 8 versions)

+Performance is outstanding on low-end computers.
+Known for it's in-game physics; powered by the Source Engine.
+Voice acting is top-notch. Actors' voices easily fit into their characters' unique personalities.
+Responsive, bindable controls. This includes controller support, as well as mouse acceleration and mouse smoothing.
+Smooth animations. NPCs even appear to move and interact with the environment almost naturally.
+Level Design is great. Environments vary between urban, sand and grass. Levels are either small and tight, or open and expanded, which may allow for more exploring.


I don't like review scores, so I'm going to answer your most important question: do you recommend it? Yes.
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30 of 46 people (65%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I had a dream of Gaben whispering Half Life 3.......

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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Before I played:
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
This is one of the best games ever made, you got puzzles mixed in with shooting and one of the coolest weapons/tools in video game history, the Gravity Gun. Let's not forget the story, it's great. The graphics are probably one of the biggest highlights, especially since the game is from 2004. Hard to believe this game is that old!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
If you have not played Half-Life 2, I don't know if you can call yourself a gamer.
This is most likely my third time BUYING this game (thanks Gaben for the ever so glorious sales)
And countless hours of playtime. (Not on this account.... yet)
Easily one of the best games ever made.
So come on, buy the Half-Life series, and jump in the HL3 hype/belive bandwagon. <3

-friking sick mods
-friking sick story
-cool ♥♥♥ scenery
-cool ♥♥♥ city 17
-cool ♥♥♥ everything.

-g-man was spooky in HL1 when I was a kiddo
-wait this is Half-Life 2


11/10 would pass through Ravenholm again
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