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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (22,484 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, 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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"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.
Helpful customer reviews
648 of 676 people (96%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
Do you like any of the following in gaming?
- Valve
- Zombies
- First-Person Shooters
- Great Storylines
- Puzzles
- Beating the sh*t out of your enemies
- Easter Eggs
- Airboats
- Jeeps
- Operating Cranes
- Jumpscares
- Confusion
- Puzzles that are so easy, that when you finally figure out the answer, you feel dumb as hell
- Guns
- Saving the universe from aliens, zombies, and combine troops
- Helicopters
- Dropships
- Headcrabs
- Crowbars
- Feeling like you are an MLG Pro
- Blowing things up
- Pressing Buttons (Very little :\)
- Amazing Graphics
- Good FPS
- Horror
- Singleplayer (Co-op mod for this is Synergy)
- Suspense
- Hilarious Reactions
- Fun
- Sci-Fi
- Action
- Hidden Objects
- Achievements that will make you go Achievement Hunting
- Originality
- Playing catch with a "DOG"
- Shooting Spiders (*cough* *cough* Headcrabs *cough*)
- Trains
- Fast-Paced Games
- Puzzles that will still confuse you the next time you play the game and/or attempt to make a walkthrough/tutorial on
- Grenades
- Sawblades
- Team Fortress 2 References
- Game References
- Explosions
- Setting sh*t on fire
- Splattering Combine/Bad Guys
- Defying the Rules/Laws of Gravity
- Rejections
- Comedy
- Making Living things become dead ragdolls and making them die in style/fashion/fabulously/brutaly/hilariously
- Throwing things
- Sports (Basketball)
- Secrets
- A Creepy and mysterious man appearing in locations that you normally would just pass by (*cough* *cough* GMan)
- Easter Egg Hunts
- Candy
- Pyros
I mean nothing... DANGIT! NO TF2 REFERENCES! Anyways, back to listing... *sighs and clears throat*
- Submachine Guns
- Crossbows and Archery
- Beaches
- Water
- Gates
- Tunnels
- Obstacle Courses
- Driving
- Shotguns
- Teaming up with random citizens that you will never know or that you don't already know, but they somehow know your name (Duh, cause you're Gordan f***ing Freeman)
- A game that will leave you hungry for more

Or you just need some good footage to record for your YouTube channel...

THEN THIS GAME IS FOR YOU!

"Rig/Setup"
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PC Model: HP EliteBook 8440p

Processor: Inter(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU M 520 @2.40GHz 2.40 GHz

RAM: 4.00 GB (3.80 GB Usable)

System Type: 64-bit Operating System

And it's surprising that I can get 60+ FPS on this game throughout the whole game! Do you have a crappy computer? Well apparently, THAT DOESN'T MATTER! :D
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726 of 831 people (87%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Why are you reading this review when you could be playing this masterpiece?
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269 of 294 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
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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205 of 217 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
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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176 of 195 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
101.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
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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187 of 222 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Best game ever, never gets old. ∞/∞
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106 of 123 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Truly interesting story, but we need part 3 already.
Wait...
Do you see that?

97% of the ratings are positive.
100% is the maximum.
100% minus 97% equals...
3!
What is this conspiracy?
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98 of 113 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
110.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
This game may be 10 years old but it still holds up well today.
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78 of 90 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Gabe ... we need another masterpiece like this in the name of Half Life 3.
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57 of 61 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
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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46 of 46 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Gordon Freeman.
Gordon Freeman has the letter 'G' in it.
Do you know what else has the letter 'G' in it?
Thats right.
The galapagos penguin.
The galapagos penguin is a bird.
Do you know what else is a bird?
Thats right.
The chuck Will's widow
But what do birds have to do with Half Life, you say.
Lets find out!
So far we mentioned 2 birds.
The word ''two'' contains 3 letters.
The word ''letters'' contains 2 letters 'T'
2 + 3 - 2 = 3

Half Life 3 Confirmed...
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58 of 65 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
It's not Call of Duty.
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542 of 816 people (66%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
WHY ARE YOU LOOKING AT THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF HALF-LIFE 2 WHEN YOU COULD BE PLAYING THIS BEAUTIFUL GAME
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106 of 159 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
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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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
This is quite possibly the very only game experience that I will tell about to my grandchildren like if it was a war memoir

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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
"....." - Gordon Freeman

SUCH A WISE MAN.
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Really good game,Worth every penny!
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
No steam library is complete without this...
No PC Master is complete without this...
No life is complete without this...
No happiness is complete without this...
No Toaster is complete without this...
No ♥♥♥ Waffle is complete without this...
You're not complete without this.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
Ho rigiocato HL2 dopo 10 anni. Ho impiegato 4 giorni a finirlo, contro il mese impiegato 10 anni fa. Questo mi rassicura non poco riguardo alla mia memoria e capacità di apprendimento, evidentemente non ancora del tutto devastate dall'età... Il gioco si presenta ancora molto bene, e quando si inizia è difficile smettere (un po' come con le sigarette). Certo lo stupore provato la prima volta, per la grafica, la fisica e il gameplay oggi non c'è più, ma il divertimento è comunque ancora assicurato. I percorsi obbligati, gli enigmi mai troppo complicati e le ottime possibilità di salvataggio rendono il gioco sempre scorrevole e mai frustrante. L'HDR ha reso la grafica ancora più realistica (per un gioco di 10 anni fa, ovviamente). Un po' lenti i caricamenti, e i salvataggi causano spesso momentanei inceppamenti, particolarmente fastidiosi a livello audio.
Resta in ogni caso un gioco fondamentale, una vera pietra miliare da non perdere assolutamente.

I replayed HL2 after 10 years. It took me four days to finish it, against the month took 10 years ago. That reassures me more than a little about my memory and learning ability, apparently not yet completely devastated by age ... The game is still very good, and when you start it is hard to stop (a bit like with cigarettes). Certainly the astonishment felt the first time, for graphics, physics and gameplay today is no more, but the fun is still yet assured. The obligatory paths, the puzzles never too complicated and very good chances of saving make the game always smooth and never frustrating. The HDR made even more realistic graphics (for a ten years old game, of course). A little slow the loadings, and saving often produced momentary jamming, particularly annoying to hear.
It is in any case a crucial game, a milestone not to be missed.
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