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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (17,449 reviews)
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, Portal, Team Fortress 2

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

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

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September 30

Half-Life 2 Beta Updated

The Beta for Half-Life 2 has been updated. This includes Episode 1, Episode 2, Lost Coast, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, and Half-Life: Source.

Changes include:

  • Fixed default refresh rate when using a Virtual Reality display at higher than the desktop refresh rate.

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June 2

Half-Life 2 Updated

Half-Life 2 has been updated. This includes Episode 1, Episode 2, Lost Coast, and Half-Life: Source. This is the release of everything in the previous beta.

Changes include:

  • Fixed radio buttons in the Difficulty options.

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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.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    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


    NVIDIA

    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
91 of 100 people (91%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Why are you reading this review when you could be playing this masterpiece?
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60 of 63 people (95%) found this review helpful
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Im aware this is probably the most reviewed game on Steam, making my own take on this game quite redundant (is there anyone with a unique opinion of HL2, not shared by anyone else? Doubt it).
However, i noticed the two best games i got on Steam that i havent reviewed yet happen to be the 2 best FPS's of all time, so here's the first review of the two:

Half Life 2 is the role-model for all FPS games ever made:
It "only" has a singleplayer campaign, but its so well done it doesnt need anything else.
- Graphics-wise, know this: it's a 2004 game, i played it on 2010 and not once did i feel they were outdated (then again, im not one of those who care a lot about technical aspects)
- Sounds... this is not a type of game where this aspect is very relevant, so i cant recall anything about it really
- The Story, even though its not the most original or filled with amazing plot twists, it is still compelling and engaging, making you care about its great characters and what happens next
- Gameplay, there's where this game excels. From the now-classic 'no cutscenes / always in control', to the incredible variety of scenarios in each level, each with its own tone and pace, and jam-packed with (this is my favourite aspect of the game...) UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS - seriously, i can recall more than 10 scenes that i'll probably never forget about this game.
The weapons are also great, in quantity, diversity and in the fun-factor. The enemies too are varied enough and provide a reasonable challenge (though an higher difficulty level would be great).
- The length of the game is also one of the best / longest i've seen in an FPS, though it provides little replay value once finished.

Conclusion: Must-play for any gamer out there, to experience a landmark in videogame history, proving again that Valve knows how to make Greatness. Note: Episode 1 and 2 equally recommended to continue the Awesomeness!
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44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Best game ever, never gets old. ∞/∞
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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
100.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
This game never gets old. Amazing storytelling and unique enemies. It's a must buy on your Steam account, trust me.
Play it and you will belong the HL3 club: 'I want to believe' - like me.

10/10
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
What can we say anymore ? This is Half Life 2, this is legendary product of pc gaming. Awesome story and characters, better than a lot of action and future science movies, you can be sure. I think this game beginning for everything in game industry again. After ten years still playable and enjoyable. Also don't forget to play Episode One and Two. Absolutely 10/10.
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Great game enough said!!

Want half-life 3 Now!!!
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
106.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This game may be 10 years old but it still holds up well today.
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24 of 35 people (69%) found this review helpful
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
You see I never liked rhino's, but that's ok cause this game doesn't have them.

So when you start the game you are greeted with sexual sounds of raviolli and meatballs, made by famous chef, Adolf Hitler. But sadly you don't get to enjoy these banana's because then general mc♥♥♥♥face puts you on a train with Morgan Freeman, btw it's not really Tim Alan. You are then told it's safer here, and the main character, Master Chief, says "What can you tell me about the reapers?" So as you make your way through the holocaust, I mean train station you meet your old friend Barney the zebra, and he tells you to ♥♥♥♥ off and get a real job. And that's when my power cut out because I didn't pay the electric bill. I then proceeded to get a job at Mcdolan's, and hated every single moment of it. The end.

This game gets 7/Charmander at best.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Hλlf Life 2 was, and still is one of the best FPS shooters today, yeah today, forget about those newest Battlefields and CoDs for 60 dollars, euros, pancakes or whatever is your currency is, because you can buy this mλsterpiece only for... 7 euros. This Game has:
+ The greλtest sountrack...
+ The simple and greλt combat system...
+ λwsome grλphics (even for 2004 game)...
+ λI is simple and greλt...
...λnd list goes on...


My rating : 10 λ/10 λ ,would... wait you still reading this? GO AND BUY THE GAME ALREADY!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Not much to say but............Half-Life 3 needs to come out ASAP!!!!!!!
If you haven't played the Half-Life series yet, what are you waiting for? Go buy them now and complete them before HL3 comes out!

Great story and great physics for its age. Easily one of the best games ever! 10/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
One of the greatest shooters of all time. That, and you can take a carton of milk with you through the entire game with no issues.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Aqui esta a continuação aonde mostra grande melhorias a nivel gráfico e jogabilidade a história esta melhor no meu ponto de vista.

Recomendo

★★★
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I like this game.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
79.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Still play it regularly.
Amazing game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Half Life 2 is a classic....who doesnt want/already own it?!
Its an awesome game, I guess the question on your lips is "How can a game that Valve develops not be awesome?"
Well Well Well......all games developed by Valve are awesome so this question you already know the answer to....
They cannot be non-awesome....
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
"November 2004 : Counter-Strike: Source and Half-Life 2 are officially released on PC around the world, bringing in a new era for the First Person Shooter genre of video game, with advanced graphics & physics." -Wikipedia

You'll end up admiring beautiful landscapes, killing hundreds of zombies or aliens that speak English, shooting a gunship with a gun mounted on an airboat, or with an RPG, sniping enemies with a crossbow, and even destroying a portal to another dimension. And all of this in the Source Engine, arguably the best game engine ever made (even my crappy laptop with a built-in graphics card can run it with 50 FPS with every setting maxed and I'm pretty sure a Raspberry Pi can run it as well).
In my advice, Half-Life 2 should be considered as one of the best video game ever made. The storyline is epic and the gameplay is totally immersive and nearly o.r.g.a.s.m.i.c. Oh and btw, happy 10th birthday Half-Life 2!

∞/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
After reading several reviews of this game, I decided to give it a try.
This is how my game has gone thus far:

Day 1:
Downloading was quick and painless, it ran smoothly from the very first time I opened it. Usually, I don't really like FPS, but this has grown on me. I loved how the story progressed as I explored the scenes.

Day 2: (Impressed) This story progression is pretty amazing, I love that there was so much attention to detail and it was also my first time using a vehicle \:D/

Day 3: (More impressed) The evolution of the enemies you fight is brilliant and I loved the range of weapons I got to choose from.

Day 4: (In love) The doors are invulnerable. The ooze is radioactive. I can use any weapon I want (including paint tins- which can explode on contact). I've had a jeep. I've had minions. More general badassery ensues.

Day 5: (Happily married) Everyone should play this game. At least once.


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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Excellent tech demo, Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines showed the source engine better though. Play Black Mesa first as that's well-crafted.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
48.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Long ♥♥♥ campaign. Fun as hell. Sweet Story. Awesome
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Sihk
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