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 (54 reviews) - 75% of the 54 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,325 reviews) - 82% of the 2,325 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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Recent:
Mostly Positive (54 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (2,325 reviews)
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Bobby1337(Cat)Destroyer
( 21.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Actually better then half life 2, not just half life source but half life 1 in general
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i like tacos
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18
buy half life 1 instead
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MiD_1nv1nc1bl3_XIII
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
A very successful game made by Valve......
Some graphics are good especially water!
It is also a very good horror game......
So do not play it at night with all of your lights out!
LOL
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aXis1eGend
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
It has nice water, swinging suspension cables, and... bugs!
I'll stick with HL original w/ Super Definition pack from the PS2 edition.
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Collarbonez
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Where to begin!?

This game is fantastic. It is hard, it's creepy, it's great in so many ways. Screw modern brainless AAA-shooters that's simply reskins from the last version (no names mentioned) the old school shooters are top notch. Maybe not as beautiful as the modern titles, but where has gaming come if looks are all we care about?

It's a must play in my opinion!
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achira
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
this game sucks and they also dont give me back my refund
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Imba
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Product received for free
it is a great game i really had fun playing it but half life 3 can have a cigar but graves can't?
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Alex The Console Gamer
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
Product received for free
I have my thought's about when Valve had made a Source Engine,they could have copied Half-Life and just put a Source Engine into it. then it would feel classic like in 1998.
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Bigode
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
I have this one just for respect about Valve. I Played 10 minutes. I Recommend.
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Endergy404
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
what the hell?????????????????????
I love this game but i play for
7 hours and what do i f**king see????
I have to repurchase the game????
What the F**king Hell man
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DarkShrek 52™
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
This was a brilliant game, compelling gameplay, great story and brings me and many other back to the classics
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Kronk, aesthetic af
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
Just a graphical update with better textures and water, not a lot of people would recommend this because Valve was a bit lazy on remaking it, if you really want a better look then go play black mesa, otherwise this game is still good as it is just half life, so I'm rating this up.
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EvilMcSheep
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
You can no longer sit down in the train.
2/10
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MCDanteXL
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
I don't reccomend this because I cannot get it running on my computer no matter what I do
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W0bblySausage
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Brings back the memories :,)
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Milk Jug Armadillo™©®
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Amazing atmosphere, IMO is better than HL2
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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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Admin
( 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
It has nice water, swinging suspension cables, and... bugs!
I'll stick with HL original w/ Super Definition pack from the PS2 edition.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Where to begin!?

This game is fantastic. It is hard, it's creepy, it's great in so many ways. Screw modern brainless AAA-shooters that's simply reskins from the last version (no names mentioned) the old school shooters are top notch. Maybe not as beautiful as the modern titles, but where has gaming come if looks are all we care about?

It's a must play in my opinion!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Brings back the memories :,)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
You can no longer sit down in the train.
2/10
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
23 of 32 people (72%) 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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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
best game that I have played
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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
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
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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3 of 5 people (60%) 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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
61 of 77 people (79%) found this review helpful
83 people found this review funny
Recommended
40.3 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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32 of 35 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 61 people (70%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
Recommended
112.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
It's as broken as a Toaster and i love it.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
The attention to detail in Valve’s games has never been amiss and I’ve always been impressed by how much they put into this series. The setting for the game is an underground research facility, your character witnesses a catastrophe that plunges the facility into chaos. You have to fend off alien species to escape the facility and try to figure out what is happening. It’s a sci-fi game and that’s what gives it its character. The weapons especially get more interesting as the game develops, as you start to discover more and more alien technology.

I used to love watching my dad play this as a kid, but I just never managed to be able to get very far myself until I decided to go back to it now. The Half-Life 1 series is extremely nostalgic to me and its great still being able to play these games despite how old they are. For me, they are great, but I imagine for people that have never played them before, they might just look awful.
Despite that, I would hope the overall feel and story of the game would be compelling enough to make those people enjoy it anyway.

Half-Life: Source has a few bugs here and there, a few of which I thought were going to be game breaking for me. But there was always a way around it. The glitches and bugs were tedious but given how old the game is it’s forgivable.

The source engine reboot of this game changes up the game quite a bit. It was given new map textures, new weapon models, new NPC models and enhances to the sound. The changes are good, they definitely make the game look better. But I enjoy the original just as much, if not more. I’m used to and remember the old one. Which oddly, when I played this game I’m not too sure what happened with it. I downloaded the game, fired it up and played quite a bit in one session. Not noticing that it was all actually the old game assets. I shut it down and gave the game a break and when I booted it back up suddenly the new stuff was being used. Weird!

Anyway, there is never a dull moment in this game, there is action and something new always around the corner. It’s essentially a first person shooter, but it manages to break it up in-between and give you enough else to do so that it doesn’t get boring.

It’s all around a fun game and I think you should give it a try, even if you haven’t got that Half-Life nostalgia that I do.


TL;DR : Old but great, lot of nostalgia for me. It’s a good first person shooter sci-fi game, give it a try.


For anyone interested, My Review for Half-Life: Opposing Force:
http://steamcommunity.com/id/Stefneh/recommended/50/
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