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Release Date: Nov 16, 2004
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Includes 5 items: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, Portal

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Includes 10 items: Team Fortress Classic, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Half-Life, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life 2, Half-Life: Source, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two

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Includes 24 items: Counter-Strike, Team Fortress Classic, Day of Defeat, Deathmatch Classic, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Ricochet, Half-Life, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life: Source, Day of Defeat: Source, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life Deathmatch: Source, Left 4 Dead, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, Portal, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

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Half-Life 2 Beta Updated

December 12th, 2013

Updated the beta to fix a bug that could cause Steam to fail to update game binaries for Episode 1, Episode 2, Lost Coast, and Half-Life: Source. After this update it is possible that one or more of these games will fail to start with the message "Unable to load library client." If this happens to you, just run the game again and the problem will correct itself.

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Half-Life 2 Beta Updated

November 13th, 2013

The beta for Half-Life 2 (including Lost Coast, Episode 1, Episode 2, and Half-Life: Source) has been updated with VR bug fixes.

The following Virtual Reality-related changes are included:

  • Support has been fixed for resolutions other than 1280x800
  • Support has been fixed for cloning the main display (instead of using the Rift as an extended display)
  • Sharpness of the VR output has been significantly improved
  • Head-and-neck model has been fixed. It was often moving the camera along axes that should have been unchanged, such as moving the camera forward and backward when it rolled from side to side

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About the 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.

PC System Requirements

    Minimum: 1.7 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX® 8.1 level Graphics Card (Requires support for SSE), Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: Pentium 4 processor (3.0GHz, or better), 1GB RAM, DirectX® 9 level Graphics Card, Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection


Mac System Requirements

    Minimum: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, 1GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

Helpful customer reviews
457 of 501 people (91%) found this review helpful
209 products in account
19 reviews
45.9 hrs on record
Half-Life 2 takes a minimilist approach to story development, but delivers a rich, atmospheric, and engaging world that sucks you right in. Combined with novel gameplay elemetns (one of the first mainstream games to make proper use of physics in gameplay), an ensemble of likeable characters—topped off with the much loved Alyx Vance, and well paced combat, this helps to make Half-Life 2 an all-time classic.
Posted: November 17th, 2013
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255 of 290 people (88%) found this review helpful
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2 reviews
3.5 hrs on record
Half-Life 2 is a BLAST to play. Pretty much everything in the game is interactive. You pick up paint cans with the gravity gun and when the can hits, it splatters the object with paint. It always fun to pick up a saw blade and toss it at a creature splitting it in half. If its there you can almost be assured that it can be used.

The controls in Half-Life 2 are the exact same as the original Half-Life so veterans will be able to pick up and go very easily. For newcomers to the series the controls are very easy to pick up and very practical. After playing with this control scheme you probably will set all of your FPS games to it.

I played the game in normal difficulty and it was pretty challenging, but not too hard. I found myself reloading a lot, and even after doing parts in the games over and over again I was still having fun trying to pass it, unlike some other games I have tried. Even though you may load a lot I found that ammo was hardly an issue. The supply crates are pretty much random and give you what you need the most. So if you are running low in shotgun shells, the next crate probably will contain some. This is helpful but at times I felt that I had too much ammo.

The story takes place a number of years after the Black Mesa incident. The G-man awakes you on a train and talks to you for a moment and then vanishes. You soon get off the train and arrive at a place called “City 17”, ran by a dictator figure known as Dr. Breen, your former administrator at Black Mesa. You don't really know why you are there, or how you got there and the Combine roaming around the streets don't seem too friendly. You play through the entire game through Gordon Freeman's eyes really immersing you in the game.

I was always in awe throughout the whole game. This game has the best graphics I have seen on any game. The people look life-like. They display their emotions so well that you know what they are feeling. The buildings and the atmosphere are awe-inspiring. You may never want to leave City 17 after you see its beauty. The different lighting in each area was great. You actually felt like you were progressing through the game when you start out in day time, and soon you see the sun setting and then it gets dark again.

The music in this game was awesome. You could tell when a big battle was coming because the music would start playing, and your blood would start pumping. The music made the game that much more enjoyable. I listen to the soundtrack and I can see the battles without actually playing the game. That in my opinion is what makes the battles so great.

The sound in the game was great. I loved the sound the combines made when they died. Each character had a distinct voice and had astounding voice acting. I have never been as freaked in a game when I hear a howl off in the distance and hear a rain gutter banging letting me know that a fast zombie is climbing up after me. The only reason why this score got a 9 is that there is some stuttering when the game loads or auto saves which can be very annoying.

This game took me more than 20 hours to complete after playing around in the game with the physics and such, so it wasn't that short of a game, especially for an FPS. This game is definitely replayable. After playing through the game I invited my friend over so he could play it. He found different ways to kill creatures and solve puzzles that I never thought of, so that in itself is a great reason to replay the game. Also the game on hard is much more difficult than normal giving you more challenge as you go around a second time. Why an 8 then? Well the multiplayer is non-existent as of right now so I can't see myself playing it as much as I could be.

This game is the best game this year. The graphics, physics, AI, music and sound strung around a well woven story make for a great time. You should definitely buy this game. If you computer can't handle it then its worth the price of upgrading.

Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 11/22/04
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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221 of 255 people (87%) found this review helpful
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14 reviews
27.3 hrs on record
Where to start?

Great story and stunning visuals

This game was one of my first ever games to be played when i first made my steam. Ever since i still love the game and allways will. The story is truly amazing and remarkable of all time, once you start playing this you wont stop playing. Source SDK; where to start with this? without this spectacular tool, people would of not have made such sucessfull mods of all time like; No More Room In Hell, Zombie Panic, Garrys mod and much MUCH more.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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57 of 64 people (89%) found this review helpful
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11.2 hrs on record
Amazing game, old but not dated. Would play again. 10/10
Posted: December 27th, 2013
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59 of 68 people (87%) found this review helpful
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11 reviews
9.7 hrs on record
Welcome, welcome to City 17...

Valve titles always get to me. I'm not sure how, but they do. Half Life 2, the sequel to the smash-hit game: Half Life, is a first person shooter that tells one of the most amazing stories in gaming, and will surely leave an impact on even the most hardened of gamers.

Step into the shoes, glasses, and signature crowbar of Gordon Freeman, a ex-worker at the Black Mesa research facility: a desert fortress responsible for the downfall of humanity, and the uprising of a Facist Alien Race, known as the Combine.

After a lecture at the hands of the mysterious Gman, our Freeman makes his way through the streets of City-17, an unknown European City under the control of the Combine. After a not so pleasant run-in with the Combine Civil Protection in an apartment complex, Gordon meets Alyx, a young woman helping with a growing resistance movement against the Combine. Alyx is a character you begin to care about during the game; I actually found myself taking bullets for her off of impulse, because I strangley cared for her well being.

During your foray against the Combine, you will discover other survivors from the Black Mesa catastrophe: Barney, Dr. K, and Eli all help you on your way, and feel all too real.

By the end stretch of the game, I was furious at the antagonist of the game, and showed unrelenting agression towards his guards and soldiers. By the last seconds of the game, I had become the Freeman, and you can too...

Crit Rating: 9.7/10 (Amazing Story, Squad commands useless, Striders, Large Battles, Valve)

Some Tips:
-Scavenge for ammunition often.
-Some NPCs will give you health and ammo!
-The Zero Point Energy Manipulator (Gravity Gun) can do alot of things!
-Use your Crowbar for unarmed enemies (Headcrabs, Zombies)
-Play seriously, wait until your second playthrough to be an idiot.
Posted: December 1st, 2013
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