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.
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Mostly Positive (62 reviews) - 72% of the 62 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,291 reviews) - 82% of the 2,291 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 1, 2004

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"Dont expect anything its Half-Life 1 with ragdolls and better water."

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + 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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Mostly Positive (62 reviews)
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Very Positive (2,291 reviews)
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Saytenn
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I got this as part of the complete collection during the Holiday Sale, and honestly, the only upgrade here are the physics engine and prettier water.

There are various glitches here that have yet to be fixed as of writing, (it's 2016 ffs) and the physics and crowbar feel a bit...off. I don't know how to describe it, but if have yet to experience Half Life, play the original instead. Though I did hear Black Mesa was pretty good...
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BRUTEFORCE THAT SHIT
( 17.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
just get the original
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gprich.gage
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Runs at 200fps
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Omlax
( 26.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
I'm sure I don't need to boast the quality of this game; Half Life is a classic, and any fps enthusiast should play through this at least once. The Source version did demonstrate some difficulties. Music stops at level change. Certain textures are missing (towards the end, the white spluge turns into black squares when landing). There is a level where the aliens simply don't attack me. There is a boss (the one producing the crabs) that is completely unaffected by arrows. Some of the trampolines at the end simply don't work sometimes. I don't know if the original version is available on Steam, but I'd recommend looking into it.
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WolfPack™ ANinjaBunnyWabbit
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
What exactly did you change valve?
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CommunistMoonBaseLeader
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
I went into the game files and found half life 2, two thumbs up!
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jshmit34
( 15.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
the gmod textures were fantastic



oh, and i guess it was fun

10/10
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Tryin
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
Great game for its age. Hoping to finsh all the half-lifes in the order they came out
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thomasroyle
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
You should only get this for Garry's Mod. Otherewise, don't bother. The load screens are long, the textures aren't improved and it's just not worth it.

I can't give it a rating but if you want half life remastered, get Black Mesa instead.
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Gas Chamber
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
uglier than the original half-life.
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Aidan
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 22
I recommend it for being Half Life in the source engine but I unrecommend it just for being Half Life.

The only differences are less bugs, better textures and working physics but it's just the same exact game with these features.
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(GEWH) Kommandant Van Grants
( 32.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 21
Its just ♥♥♥♥ theres way to many bugs and glitches just stick to either Black Mesa or the origonal Half-Life
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ULTRASOS*64*
( 105.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Good game if you like seeing the evolution of games that are specifically valve or just FPS games in general. It is one of the first games that pioneered the use of linear story telling in an fps game because before this we had games that just had only gameplay like doom or games that were multiplayer focused. If the low res graphics really bug you for some strange reason even though the original Non-Source Engine version was made in 1998 then get the Black Mesa Source remake. Compared to the original you will gain better settings, lighting effects, and ragdoll physics but you will loose built in multiplayer and you will gain a different set of glitches that are more noticable due to the fact that valve just ran the original game through the source engine and never changed anything.
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Mihai
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
goooood
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BadgerTF666
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 19
Review's of Half Life don't even matter 'cause everybody knows how good of a game it is.

9/10 would probably own this game because of valve-bundles and sales so "should you buy it" is also out of the question.

The problem with this game is according to the reviews the many bugs it has. All I have to say is that I have encountered less bug while playing this version of Half Life. I did not have the bug with the gargantua in "on a rail" in which case the gate wouldn't open and I could effectively pull/push crates. Ofcourse I've put slightly less hours in this version.


essentialy, it was just Half Life with the original Glock-skin and SMG-skin to play.
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Anzur789
( 11.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 18
works on evry computer but the mac if your woried thats it wont work it will you just need
windows and higher or lower!
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kyvitti84
( 20.0 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: April 18
great game very original
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Max800900
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
This game is so frustrating. And, it has too many glitches. When I fight the Nihilanth, and I die, and I respawn, I lose all of my weapons and even my H.E.V. suit!
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tjsilveira
( 43.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 13
It's Half-Life for God sake, don't need reviews. :)
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L3G3NDARYxLIME
( 12.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
"Good morning, and welcome to the Black Mesa transit system.
This automated train is provided for the security and convenience of
the Black Mesa Research Facility personnel. The time is 8:47 A.M.
Current topside temperature is 93 degrees with an estimated high of
105. The Black Mesa compound is maintained at a pleasant 68 degrees at
all times. This train is inbound from level 3 dormitories to sector C
test labs and control facilities. If your intended destination is a
high security area beyond sector C, you will need to return to the
central transit hub in area 9 and board a high security train. If you
have not yet submitted your identity to the retinal clearance system,
you must report to Black Mesa personnel for processing before you will
be permitted into the high security branch of the transit system.

"Due to the high toxicity of material routinely handled in the Black
Mesa compound, no smoking, eating, or drinking are permitted within the
Black Mesa transit system. Please keep your limbs inside the train at
all times. Do not attempt to open the doors until the train has come to
a complete halt at the station platform. In the event of an emergency,
passengers are to remain seated and await further instruction. If it is
necessary to exit the train, disabled personnel should be evacuated
first. Please, stay away from electrified rails and proceed to an
emergency station until assistance arrives. "

A reminder: that the Black Mesa Hazard Course decathalon
will commence this evening at 1900 hours in the Level 3 facility. The
semi-finals for high security personnel will be announced in a separate
secure broadcast transmission. Remember: more lives than yours may
depend on your fitness.

"Do you have a friend or relative who would make a valuable addition to
the Black Mesa Team? Immediate openings are available in the areas of:
materials handling, and low clearance security. Please contact Black
Mesa personnel for further information. If you have an associate with a
background in the areas of: theoretical physics, biotechnology, or
other high-tech disciplines, please contact our civilian recruiting
team. The Black Mesa Facility is an equal opportunity employer.

"A reminder to all Black Mesa personnel: regular radiation and
biohazard screenings are a requirement of continued employment in the
Black Mesa Research Facility. Missing a scheduled urinalysis or
radiation checkup is grounds for immediate termination. If you feel you
have been exposed to radioactive or other hazardous materials in the
course of your duties, contact your radiation safety officer
immediately. Work safe, work smart. Your future depends on it."

"Now arriving at sector C test labs and control facilities.
Please stand back from the automated door, and wait for the security
officer to verify your identity. Before exiting the train, be sure to
check your area for personal belongings. Thank you, and have a very
safe and productive day."
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
best game that I have never played
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
This game is so frustrating. And, it has too many glitches. When I fight the Nihilanth, and I die, and I respawn, I lose all of my weapons and even my H.E.V. suit!
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
goooood
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Half-Life, the original game from 1998, is possibly my favorite game of all time for reasons of nostalgia, gameplay, story, and the fact that I don't mind the graphics. That being said... This version has taken that amazing game, ported it to the same engine as Half-Life 2, and neglected to fix the massive glitches. These include weapons that do not work properly, several graphical problems (If you use the flashlight in a few rooms, the visuals just about break.) Sure, the graphics are 'better' but all that is changed is the blood, lighting and the added ragdoll physics. But these clash with the textures, all of them much lower resolution, making the game look worse . I reccomend the original Half-Life, as well as it's expansions and sequels. And if you can't stand the graphics, then I reccomend Black Mesa Source. It's a much better remake of the original Half-Life.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
The game is good. It's just that the regular half-life (non-source) is much much much better and less buggy. I can't recommend it for this reason.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Good morning and welcome to the Black Mesa Transit System. This automated train is provided for the security and convenience of the Black Mesa Research Facility personnel. The time is 8:47 AM. Current topside temperature is 93 degrees with an estimated high of 105. The Black Mesa Compound is maintained at a pleasant 68 degrees at all times.

This train is inbound from Level 3 Dormitories to Sector C Test Labs and Control Facilities. If your intended destination is a high-security area beyond Sector C, you will need to return to the central transit hub in Area 9 and board a high-security train. If you have not yet submitted your identity to the retinal clearance system, you must report to Black Mesa personnel for processing before you will be permitted into the high-security branch of the transit system.

Due to the high toxicity of material routinely handled in the Black Mesa Compound, no smoking, eating, or drinking are permitted within the Black Mesa transit system. Please keep your limbs inside the train at all times. Do not attempt to open the doors until the train has come to a complete halt at the station platform. In the event of an emergency, passengers are to remain seated and await further instruction. If it is necessary to exit the train, disabled personnel should be evacuated first. Please stay away from electrified rails and proceed to an emergency station until assistance arrives.

A reminder that the Black Mesa Hazard Course Decathlon will commence this evening at 1900 hours in the Level 3 facility. The semi-finals for high-security personnel will be announced in a separate, secure-access transmission. Remember: more lives than your own may depend on your fitness.

Do you have a friend or relative who would make a valuable addition to the Black Mesa team? Immediate openings are available in the areas of Materials Handling and low-clearance security. Please contact Black Mesa personnel for further information. If you have an associate in the background of Theoretical Physics, Biotechnology, or other high-tech disciplines, please contact our Civilian Recruitment Division. The Black Mesa Research Facility is an equal opportunity employer.

A reminder to all Black Mesa personnel: regular radiation and biohazard screenings are a requirement of continued employment in the Black Mesa Research Facility. Missing a scheduled urinalysis or radiation checkup is grounds for immediate termination. If you feel you have been exposed to radioactive or other hazardous materials in the course of your duties, contact your Radiation Safety Officer immediately! Work safe, work smart. Your future depends on it.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Very good lighting and textures, a little hard, and can take a while to kill someone. This is a great game overall
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
Half-Life: Source is the original Half-Life ported to the source engine. The source engine gives the game a slight graphical update, but it also causes some performance issues not present in the original game, such as longer loading times. It's also not entirely one to one with the original because of the source engine, but I still think it's overall faithful to the original game. Give it a try unless you can't dare to play anything other than the original version.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
The Original Half Life with remastered graphics. That's all there is to it- what? you want a more detailed review? Then you best check my review for the Original Half Life not remastered. ~Stealth 1548
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 7
Kinda like hl1 the original, I like the original MORE, honstly but hey, it's awsome remake
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
What was not to like about this classic game. I finally finsihed it and it only took me 18 years.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
there was a injured security guard on the floor and he lifted his hand for me to help him so i shot him in the face 4 times and put him out of his misery

this is a fun game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
8/10 better than original but reused alot of hl2 sounds and textures
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
9/10 - may Gaben be with you.

Hey, it's Half-Life. It was ahead of its time when it was released, but has it aged well? In terms of mechanics, not really. Graphics? Meh. The story, however - holy ♥♥♥♥! I forgot how much I loved this game, and loved it with good reason too. The story is nothing short of amazing, and it's pretty obvious why people are begging for an edition to wrap everything up.

If you want to get into the series, HL: Source is the way to go. Updated physics and a few graphical changes may not mean the biggest difference in the world, but it's enough to get noticed.

Are there things I'd argue are flawed? Sure - but overall the plot is so enjoyable that you'll accept the game's age for what it is and still have a great time.
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15 of 29 people (52%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 12
Sorry Valve. Wanna try again?
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61 of 75 people (81%) found this review helpful
81 people found this review funny
Recommended
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2015
theres a scientist standing still, not doing anything but screaming in pain without even being attacked

shot him in the head
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31 of 34 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
There isn't much of a difference between this game and the original Half-Life. If you're deciding which to buy, it honestly doesn't matter. The water is nicer in this game and there are ragdolls and better physics. Other than that, it's essentially the same game. Don't worry about not getting the "pure" experience of HL1 because this is essentially it. Lower resolution water and people who just lay down and die without leaving a ragdoll for you to smack with a crowbar weren't the cornerstones of the Half-Life. Playing HL is an experience, regardless of trivialities such as this.

I wouldn't get this by itself personally; if you really wanna pick it up, get it via one of the packs in the Store and/or wait for a sale.

One interesting note though, you can load up the content from this game in Garry's Mod. If you have Gmod, this might give you some fun stuff to play around with.
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43 of 60 people (72%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Recommended
110.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
It's as broken as a Toaster and i love it.
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