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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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"One of the best Single Player FPS ever made, developed in the rock solid Source Engine which provides responsiveness not found in many other shooters."

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.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
54.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
This game is acclaimed as being legendary.
So, obviously I HAD to play the entire franchise.
I'm still hooked on the lore and gameplay.

If you're expecting the old fast-paced bangabangkaoombBLAAAMSCHDOWPOPOPOOM of Half Life 1, well, I'll get in to that later.

The storytelling and graphics hold up to this day. In fact, some would say they're BETTER than todays. Amazing(?) physics, lighting, and if you get past the mayonaise jar glitch with turret-armed Metrocops, the A.I. is spectacular, often working in squads and providing covering fire for one another, throw grenades, etc.

For those old glory fans, this isn't the aftermath of Black Mesa getting nuked. This is the aftermath of a resonace cascade, and gas-masked aliens are here to ♥♥♥♥ up your world view.

The level design is certainly iconic. Looming feeling of the Combine always watching you in the Eastern European City 17, sunset-casted and damp Canals, haunting, deathly and heavy night of Ravenholm. Sheer cliffs and winding highways of the Coast, crumbling and invasive metal structures of Nova Prospekt, and the fiery streets of the battle of City 17, soldiers and natural hazards lurking at every corner of the way.

Gameplay is, and I'm going to shamelessly compare to HL1, slower than its predecessor, but still lots of fun. Your sprint, possibly to service the more serious storytelling, is literally limited to a meter, and that's WITH the suit. Weapon choice is also notched down from the original, which is slightly dissapointing as well. It's made up, however, for a select iconic masterpiece made specifically for this game: and I'm not talking about any old crowbar. The Gravity Gun is one of the best weapons ever made for a videogame, even if it's introduced quite a ways in to the game.

9.5/10. Very slight imperfections I notice, but otherwise a great choice for any gamer out there.

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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
——— 9/10 ———

+ Level Design/Aesthetics
+ Kinaesthetics
+ Difficulty Fairness/Gameplay Diversity
+ Achievements
+ AI
+ Score
+ Lore

- Characters development/Narration
- Cliffhanger

Recomended controls scheme: PC
Recomended difficulty: Hard

FPS Ethalone.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
102.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
12 Years later and still good as ♥♥♥♥
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
After years of hesitating to play, now that i've completed this game, i can safely say that this is one of the best steam games you can buy right now. The graphics are great, better than some modern games. The story is pure excellence. the gameplay is superb. The soundtrack is some of the best i heard in a long time. Just play it now, you will not be dissapointed.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
64.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
I don't think I've ever played this game and went "Damn, this is boring!". But that is because this game is never boring, it's such a classic and the gameplay always makes me come back, you can always pick this classic up and play it every once in a month. It might not be much now but back then? It certainly left a mark in history.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
I like this game very much and i am collecting badge of this game this is a nice shooting game
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
23.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Timeless classic , an absolute MUST play. This game kickstarted Valve , steam and revolutionized pc gaming
and the fps genre forever. I replay this game multiple times a year , mostly with it's Co-op mod Synergy.
Half Life 2 Is a master piece in every way possible and will be remember as the greatest singleplayer fps of all time and it DESERVE'S that title!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
-_- *waiting patiently for hl3*
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
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Quite simply one of the greatest FPS games of all time.

Terrific level design.

Very atmospheric.

Nice visuals (even in 2016).

If you own a PC and haven't played this game then you should be ashamed of yourself.

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38.3 hrs
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One of the classics of modern gaming.
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I threw a can at a cop's head.
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Half-Life 2 Review

  • Atmosphere
  • Weapons
  • Mysterious and interesting world
  • Characters
  • Graphics
  • Music
  • Secrets
  • Overall gameplay
  • Story
  • Mods

  • Old-ish
  • Movement and gunplay are annoying at times
  • Source engine problems
  • Still no Half-Life 3 (joke)

Half-Life 2 is an amazing sequel. It continues everything what original Half-Life started and does it perfectly. The mysterious and interesting world and characters are what makes this game so good. If you haven't played Half-Life series before now is the time. I recommend starting with the original or the remake, Black Mesa, which is awesome as well, even tho it is missing final levels.
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17.0 hrs
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The Dapper Arsonist
13.7 hrs
Posted: October 1
It's fun. But go support Black Mesa, which is a hell of a lot more fun.
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1.4 hrs
Posted: October 1
This is ♥♥♥♥ing gay. I want Half Life 3
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3.8 hrs
Posted: October 1
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