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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (24,605 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

Buy Half-Life Complete

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

Buy Valve Complete Pack

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
655 of 777 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
It's not Call of Duty.
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586 of 737 people (80%) found this review helpful
6 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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330 of 403 people (82%) 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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69 of 74 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
Six years is a long wait for a sequel, but it was well worth it. In that time, Valve created their own game engine, known as Source, and with the Gravity Gun quickly became THE game to copy. Like ClassicDOOM before it, most FPS games that came after Half-Life 2 valiantly attempted to copy the in-game physics engine that allows to to catch and repel in-game props. Many of them succeeded, but Half-Life 2 was the first to do it, and gamers know where to give credit where credit is due.

Once again, you play as Gordon Freeman, mute savior of humankind. Reawakened by the G-Man from the previous game "some time later," you find that the world as you know it is no longer. The Combine have successfully invaded and subjuated humanity, and it's only a matter of time before Man becomes just another X-stamp on the Combine's evolutionary whiteboard. Unless you can rise up to the challenge of liberating your very species, that time will approach far quicker than you'd like.

One of the first FPS games to introduce drivable vehicles, adding the Gravity Gun is just icing on this cake (that's a metaphor, not a lie). Chock full of references and easter-eggs, Valve should be proud that their title has continued to successfully carry the FPS banner.
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77 of 92 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
This game is 10 years old, and still the best ♥♥♥♥ing game I've ever played.
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