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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (16,484 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, 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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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

PC
Mac

    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
29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
So wake up Mr. Freeman - Wake up and smell the ashes...

Fresh install again for HL2, such an Epic game for single player. The layout of this game is tremendous diverse locations and fun firefights. For many, including myself getting this game meant - getting STEAM? - what was it, how will it work and such. At the time Steam was a bit buggy and had some issues but that was 10+ years ago and look at it now... its come a long way. Half Life for me is almost like a bad habit I keep going back to after 16 years of playing HL and 10 years of HL2 I always go back for another run - because there fun! Why are they fun - its a unique world, decent graphics (top of the line when released), awesome game play, good AI, Killer music and soundtracks, fun characters and the MOD options.

My favorite levels in the game are Nova Prospect & Ravenholm... 2 fantastic levels. Headcrab zombies and poison crabs - suck especially the poison crabs they make my hair stand up and the sound they make - (girly scream).

I am all about Half Life again after my mini rant earlier in the week and the somewhat troublesome news from Valve regarding HL3 - please see the rant in the activity feed.

VALVE CAN NEVER LET THIS GAME END WITH OUT A PROPER FOLLOW UP AND EXPLANATION OF THE MANY LOOSE ENDS AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE QUESTION - JUST WHO EXACTLY IS THE GMAN AND WHY IS HE PORTRAYED THE WAY HE IS?

Recommended game if your the one person out there that has not played it yet, lol.
Posted: September 25
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
I love this game more than my first ♥♥♥♥ing child
Posted: September 30
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
> Released 10 years ago.
> Still has more active players than L4D.

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Posted: September 27
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
19.6 hrs on record
The only reviews that are bad are the ones that say "Gaben were is Half life 3."
Posted: October 5
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
33.9 hrs on record
This legendary FPS introduced me with Steam. Changed my life 10/10.
Posted: September 30
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
You seriously don't have this game?

You monster....
Posted: October 12
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Half-Life 2 is an amazing game.

Half-Life 2's level design is really good and does a good job at letting you be in a confined space but not letting you feel trapped. It feels authentic in a sense that, if you're in a specific level, you're trapped by actual walls or solid and visible objects; as opposed to invisible objects. Some would think that it might have invisible walls with a futuristic touch, like blue lines going through it, since it is a Sci-Fi game.

Half-Life 2 also does an excellent job and making you feel scared. There is one level, Ravenholm, it is absolutely filled with zombies, it is a very dark and eerie level. I remember, the entire time I was playing through it, I was extremely terrified, but had to power through. It was hard.

Half-Life 2's combat is pretty spot on, almost no errors anywhere with hitboxes being fine and no noticeable or game-breaking bugs. The game also has a variety of weapons.

Half-Life 2 lets you drive 2 vehicles in the game, one of which is a Jeep, it is a very fast land-vehicle. It is mildly difficult to control while at high speeds, which isn't a bad thing, it's to be expected. The Airboat is a fast land and water vehicle which is noticeably difficult to control, at almost any time. The game has a good sue of vehicles in specific levels.

Half-Life 2's soundtrack and sounds do sound very modern. The soundtrack is extremely good, and chooses what to play at specific times, but even so, the music it does actually play is very good. Even now, while writing this review, I am listening to part of the soundtrack, Triage at Dawn, it is called. A very, very nice part of the soundtrack. The sounds, even crowbarring a toilet or a wall, do sound very real.

The game, I should talk about, doesn't, for me, at least, do an excellent job at keeping you hooked, it took me a while in between play-sessions to get back into it. But I very recently finished it.

This all makes out to be a very pleasant gaming experience, and it is highly recommended as a game.
91/100
Posted: September 25
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
11.8 hrs on record
Threw a can at a police and he killed me. 11/10 would give Valve my money again.
Posted: September 28
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Its Good
Posted: September 28
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
You know how an Italian chef kisses his fingers and says something in Italian that translates to "A masterpiece" after tasting their own dish? That's how I feel about this game.
Posted: October 15
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
GOOD game play love the world how it was a city than the walls and the overwatch i can wait for half life 3 plz you do my life is done for ever my i got to say the story is grate
Posted: October 9
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Half life 2 ohhhh god how much i love this game and the whole series.

date 2004 time around 8 am i was in school my uncle called me and said : guess what i said what ? its too early what
made you call at this time ?? he then told me my new Rig is ready and im playing the brand new half life 2
i was WTFFFFF @_@_@_@_@_@ back in that time Syria where i live was not that connected to the world so new games takes quite some days to reach as as cracked we didnt know there was such as steam etc....

my chieldhood was all about this game i love HL1 and its exspansions but my old PC was outdated when 2 released so my Uncle 6600GT and athlon dual core CPU and 2 GB ram was great for the new game
i went to the teacher and told her that im sick and need to go home and went stright to see HL 2 :D

3 days after that my brand new PC was ready XDXD i spent every USD in the house to get it and play HL 2 on 1280x1024 at v.high and i was blown how the story continue and the tech of Source engine back at that days and i loved the game and repeated it many times with EP1 and EP2

waiting for the 3rd one on fire.

my rating the best of all times series HL 1-2 and others parts in the series 9.4\10 wich is the highest score i ever gave to a game. here i'm bought it as an Original all the pack after all these years <3
Posted: October 18
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Wheres Half-life 3?
Posted: October 1
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
This game is pure perfection.

10/10 (Only game I rated 10)
Posted: September 29
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Still olds up pretty damn well.
The game engine is legendary, and has some great effects and phenomenal physics.
The story is a lot of fun, with lots of humor and action sequences.
The gameplay is original and creative.
What else do you want? It's Half-Life 2.

SCORE: 100/100
Posted: September 26
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.0 hrs on record
Amazing story, fun gameplay, and pretty decent graphics. Best game I've ever played.

10/10, would play again (and again, and again, and again...)
Posted: September 29
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Best game on Source Engine. Waiting for Half-Life 3. If you like FPS you MUST play this game
Posted: September 29
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Half Life 2 was released in 2004, 6 years after the first one. As i said Half Life revolutionized the FPS genre. Both story wise and gameplay wise. They were the first to do what others dared not to. And guess what? They done it again with it's sequal.

Half Life 2's budget consisted out of $40,000,000. What's revolutionary about this game is the source engine. It provided realistic physics and facial animations.

Story
In the first game a portal opens up from a planet named Xen. You end up destroying the Queen, thus braking the portal link and ending up in captivity of Gman. The events of Half Life 2 happen 20 years after Half Life 1, somewhere in a eastern Europe town called City 17. Human race got enslaved by Combine, an alien race that was in war with Xen, which got interested in Earth after the events of Half Life 1. Gman decides to send you to City 17 to help the resistance.
The realistic facial animations, and graphics in general that source engine provided really add up to the experience. The character really come to life thanks to those facial animations. The game was also filled with action packed cinematic set pieces, as well as unique levels. A zombie town for example. Or a land with arachnid creatures coming out of the sand. The boat chase. Or the one where you have to use the crane to get you car to the other side of the gate. And that final level. Once again, there was no game like it. They were the first to do it.
Back then COD didn't have nukes. There was no David Cage's Fahrenheit/Heavy Rain, or Naughty Dogs's Uncharted/Last of Us. No Telltale's Walking Dead or L.A. Noire. So "Bravo!" to Valve.


Gameplay
Thanks to the physics that source provided, the new thing about this game is the gravity gun, which lets you pick up and throw objects. You can pick up sharp objects and cut enemies in half. Or use explosive barrels to lite them up. Or simply smash them with something heavy. Or say to throw back a grenade.
There are also new enemy types. New headscarb types were added. There are ones that are poisonois. When encountering a zombie like that, he will have like ~5 of them on his back and will be throwing them at you. They also make a very scary noise. And there are also fast ones. The zombie versions run ... very fast.
There are also arachnid creatures. They look like the arachnids from Starship Troopers, but unlike them they can also leap. At one point in the game, you will be able to control them.
When you are not fighting these guys, you will be fighting the Combine, which use guns. There are also striders which are large 3 leg robots with machine guns. And small flying drones.
FInally, once again, there is plenty of puzzles to do here. Even more thanks to the physics that were added.

This game has 13 chapters, and lasts ~15 hrs.

This game also has huge mod library. And the community is still active. That's a great value for the amount of money you pay.
Posted: September 27
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.2 hrs on record
*****
5 out of 5

Half Life 3 now, please.

What to say about Half Life 2? If I could even explain a fraction of my adoration of this game...it would probably overwhelm you. This game is one of a kind. Taking everything good from the FPS genre and gaming in general, Half Life 2 is a feat I can't fathom.

The gameplay is slick, the sound is platinum album status, the characters will stay with you, and the storyline will grip you. If you haven't already bought this game whilst I've been talking, why haven't you?!?!?!
Posted: October 20
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Half-Life 2 is an amazing game with a fantastic story; I got hours of fun out of this game, and can't wait to delve deep into Episode 1 and 2! The puzzles are challenging and the action is enjoyable, it's much more than just shooting and pushing buttons. There are countless times when I spent a while thinking about a puzzle and there are a few occasions when I was thrashed by a headcrab! Half-Life 2 is a game for everyone, even if your heart has no room for gaming!
Posted: October 18
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