Winner of over 50 Game of the Year awards, Half-Life set new standards for action games when it was released in 1998. Half-Life: Source is a digitally remastered version of the critically acclaimed and best selling PC game, enhanced via Source technology to include physics simulation, enhanced effects, and more.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,055 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 1, 2004

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About This Game

Winner of over 50 Game of the Year awards, Half-Life set new standards for action games when it was released in 1998. Half-Life: Source is a digitally remastered version of the critically acclaimed and best selling PC game, enhanced via Source technology to include physics simulation, enhanced effects, and more.

System Requirements

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Linux

    Minimum: 1.2 GHz Processor, 256MB RAM, DirectX 7 level graphics card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: 2.4 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX 9 level graphics card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Minimum: OS:OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3
    Memory: 1GB RAM
    Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher
    Network: Internet Connection
    Other: Mouse, Keyboard
    Minimum: OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    Memory: 4 GB RAM
    Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1
    Network: Broadband Internet connection
    Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
First of all this is not a remake (like Black-Mesa), it's a remasterization. Well this is the same old Half Life we all know, except that now it has some improved textures, mainly the metalic ones (incluiding floors), overall lighting, color intensity and all of the character models. The weapons are better looking too as well as your H.E.V. suit (it has nice details on your hands and arms. I recommend it, yes, but only to people that don't own the original or die hard fans like me that would take up any excuse to replay this masterpiece.

The thing that bugs me (ignoring the glitches) is that this remasteriztion feels incomplete. Despite they added physics and the death's are more realistic and satisfying (plus the bullet impact splatter and the bullet holes on characters are a nice detail too) now you CAN'T hit them with the crowbar, it just passes through. The only way to "hit" the body is hitting the surface were it is and through the bodu. Only then it'll start moving and it is weird because the hit sound it's still the surface one. If they are re-releasing this too, they should have added something extra, like achievements or cards. I also hate that the impact sounds of the crowbar, even when you are smacking wood, it's METAL-HIT-LIKE SOUND. WHAAT????

Finally, I have to say that I played Black Mesa. That is a remake, it has the essence of this game but changed some maps and things (the leechers on the water are gone and the enemies act and react different to the weapons, for example). I liked it and it was a good excuse to travel to Black Mesa again. I still prefer the originall one, but I salute the developers for making an outstanding job at it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
A classic game that does not need introductions.

This is a classic that defined its genre, and 16 years after its release is still very enjoyable.

The "source" version of it is a reimplementation of the original game on Valve's then new engine and offers a slightly better graphic experience, although much of the visual artifacts have been left unchanged, with low-count polygons models and low-res textures.

In terms of gameplay one has to think to how computers and games were back in 1998. Seen with modern eyes some of the game mechanics are repetitive (especially towards the end, where increased difficult = more badass monsters from previous levels to kill), but again, if you are going to play this game now you should definitively approach it as a movie-goer would approach a black&white film from the 40's.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
I only played Half-Life where the mod Half-Life Black Messa Left off. The graphics although clearly aged, are still top notch. and the challenges will keep you going for more fun.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
This review is postitive because the original game is really good. Honestly, is doesn't really change the graphics much. I mean sure, its got some better better HD models and lighting, but overall, it's mostly the same. So if you already have the first half life, I wouldn't buy this. Don't take it the wrong way, it's still awesome, but I'd get the 1998 half life over this.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Ive been a steam user for 9 years, i loved the goldsource games, i even have the original WON version of Half-Life. I Love the Half-Life series and its mods. This game is not one of the games i love.

Sure it may look like the original half-life with uppgraded graphics.

Sure it may "Feel" like the original Half-Life untill the bugs happen...

When i reinstalled the game to see why i havent played this version of the game i finnaly rememberd..

This game has gamebreaking bugs, that will halt your progress. First of all, let me list down the issues i had when starting this game

If your steam is in any other language other than English, the main menu will say #clickeble menu ON EVERY OPTION. You will have to change the language on steam to English!

When playing, sometimes when you explore before "unforseen consequenses" be sure to pick up your suit before you talk to the guard or else, your save will be corrupted.

When in missile silo, where the tentacles are, resetting the power to the machine to later turn on the fuel, the hatch leading to the fuel will be permanently closed. For me there is no fix.

When the game needs the user to open up the console and cheat to get it working, then you know its wrong.

The game feels like it was halfassed. Every element in this game feels flawed compared to Half-Life (Goldsource). Where skripts to open doors will fail to load. Events wont happen. Buy Half-Life instead of this. I cant stress that enough..
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
Ugh, this source version is really crap to be honest. There's no gore when you hit people with a crowbar, ragdoll looks stupid in this, A.I is dumb as cluck and the water looks really out of place in this old environment.
You are better off getting the original HL if you want better value. 1/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Half Life---- One Of The Best Games Ever Created, I'm am totally ♥♥♥♥ing serious. This game is absolutely ingenious and it's about 16 years old now. This was, (and probably still is), Valve's Greatest Achievement. I speak for all the ports and versions,
(Original 1998 Release)
-Buggy
-Classic Feeling

(Source Version)
-Physics Engine
-Fixed Most 98 Bugs
-Added More Bugs

(Black Mesa)
(I don't know much about)
-Physics Engine
-New Models +Textures
-Female Scientists
-Probably Moar Bugz

(Playstation 2 Disc)
-HD Pack Installed
-No Physics Engine
-Bugs Are Rare

(There may be more that I don't know about)

I Love The First Half-Life So Much, I Was Literally Gordon Freeman for Halloween Last year, (Looked more like a short mexican doctor with Gordon's nametag though). If you were to spend any money on Gaben, please make it Half-Life...










half-life is love I said, half-life is life...
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
TLDR: Great game, dated graphics, horrible bugs/glitches in this version. I recommend playing the original.

The benefits in this version are mostly water effects, slight lightning improvements, enemy ragdolling and easier object pulling/pushing. Most of the disadvantages are listed below.
The story is simple and the game's got many weird elements compared to the current FPS's, but it's still a great game and a classic. Looks like it takes like 9 hours to complete when you loot every place, but know where to go and what to do.

To list a of a few really annoying or game breaking things, many compared to original Half-Life:
-HITBOX/HIT REGISTERING PROBLEMS!
-The blast pit monster doesn't do damage to you or the security guard who's supposed to die.
-The leeches have almost non existent hitbox.
-The helicopter doesn't seem to register hits from gauss or RPG (didn't get it to even smoke).
-The gonarch or whatever has a crappy hit registering.
-The final boss has a crappy hitbox (I have beaten him in normal half-life with hard difficulty many times and this was 5 times harder in easy difficulty)
-HORRIBLE VISUAL ARTIFACTS in "residue processing" and somewhere else too.
-NPCs go "YAARRG" every 0.5 seconds if they are damaged.
-The crowbar makes a metal hitting sound when you hit any object and so gets really irritating when destroying boxes.
-The boxes take more time to break with crowbar, which adds to the previous annoyance.
-You jump higher than you should (IE You can jump crouch straight on top of a box in the laser tripmine building)
-The barnacles lower their tongue really slowly, but they can catch you when their tongue isn't lowered yet. This leads to some funny scary moments though.
-Missing dialog/AI problems.

And if you're new to Half-Life (and don't know whats supposed to happen or where to go):
-You can jump crouch above one vent in "we've got hostiles" vent maze section, get behind a fence and get stuck in an area you've been before (your auto saves will get replaced by the being stuck ones too).
-You see only blackness through the dam turbines, which has lead people to think it's not the right way and get stuck.
-You can shoot the scientist through the glass in "apprehension" and the game doesn't end, so you can't get the door open.
-The missing dialog/AI problems can really confuse you.

If you're hard-core and want the authentic Half-Life experience, buy the cds and patch the game to 1.1.1.0, cause the steam "original" version is bugged in many ways too nowadays. I would actually say that this Source version has better working AI in general than the other steam version.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
I really don't have any idea what Valve was thinking when developing this version of Half Life, but aside of the improved textures they didn't put any any real effort into this piece of software at all. As this game should rather be seen as an improvement of the original game than a real remake, I'm not able to recommend it.
It's glitched as hell and at some points it seems as if the game wasn't even tested properly. [Scientists floating above their chairs, messed up AI, absolutely broken hitboxes on some bosses, etc.]

If you want to play a remake of the original game that surely improves gameplay mechanics and the overall appearance I would definetely recommend you to check out 'Black Mesa'.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
graphx: 0/10 cmon valv jessues
story: 5/10 betr then the eller srcolls but not as good as cod
gameplay:10/10 just like bf3 i lov it

overall: gay/10
its gay
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Абсолютна класика!
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
really enjoyable
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
The original game upgraded to Source, yo!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Get half-life. This game is the same thing, however the textures are really annoying. Ex: You will have half life 2 bullet holes in the original half-life

This game is not bad, just not as great as the origianal.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
I can't play this game,

because of the error: Failed to open the launcher DLL: The specified module could not be found.
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3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
A classic! That's all there is to say.

10/10, a perfect shooter experience.

A fantastic beginning to what is (in my opinion) the best fps franchise of all time.

P.S. Keep an eye out for a Gaben easter egg.
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10.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
It seemed good, until I got a bug in Surface Tension. I was stuck behind a door in a tube, after a soldier threw a bomb in the tube. What's worse, when I try to use "~" to cheat to cross the door, it seems like "~" can not be used in this Valve's game. However, if bugs can be solved in this classic Valve game, I would greatly appreicate it.
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9.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
The game is VERY buggy at some points, but overall with the gameplay and the things added in the wondferful Source engine like ragdolls, HD content, other things I can't remember right now, this game is overall a good game.
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5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
i recomend this because of its a remake of the classic half life game i under stand why people are complaning about this because of some things are not the same as the original but valve is still working on the game and trying to fix it to look like the original game i dont have the original on steam but i have it on disc but it was easy to compare but i prefer this version because its got a hd mode so it looks more real but not like hl2 -ep1 -ep2 graphics but its nice valve added this

:D
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