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Overwhelmingly Positive (32,999 reviews) - 97% of the 32,999 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 16, 2004

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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
401 of 425 people (94%) found this review helpful
165 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Play and understand why we need Half-Life 3 right now.
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112 of 119 people (94%) found this review helpful
99 people found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Bought this game with The Orange Box. Never really thought about playing it. I heard about how so many people were mad at Valve for not making a Half-Life 3. I decided to start playing it.

-Strange man I recognize from Garry's Mod breathing in my face
-Find out my name is Gordan Freeman
-Wonder why my name is so close to Morgan Freeman
-Get out of a subway
-Get harrassed by Cops
-One cop is my friend
-Almost die because of him
-Continually almost die because of him
Fast Forward
-Continually being put in harms way because of a man named Breen
-Finally find him
-Finally get up from PC
-Hear about petition and mob going to Valve HQ

10/10 Would Riot against Valve to get HL3
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331 of 419 people (79%) found this review helpful
421 people found this review funny
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
Half-Life 2 is an amazing simulator.
What does it simulate you may ask.
Well I'll tell you.
It simulates what the world would be like.....
If Donald Trump was elected.
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697 of 963 people (72%) found this review helpful
678 people found this review funny
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2015
better graphics than fallout 4
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52 of 55 people (95%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2015
I was quite sceptical about this game. I grew up on the "Halo" franchise, but I digress. I bought this game+Half Life 2 Deathmatch because of the sexy reviews.
Here's some things I like about BOTH games.

-Half Life 2 (Campaign): It doesn't hold your hand throughout the entire game as most games do.
-Half Life 2 (Campaign): Filled with interesting "puzzles" you have figure out yourself.
-Half Life 2 (Campaign): No cutscenes (not saying that's "good"). You're seeing everything in Gordon Freeman's eyes.
-Half Life 2 (Campaign): Well balanced weapons/enemies.
-Half LIfe 2 Deathmatch: No screaming 13 year olds making your mom jokes...
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