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 (1,399 reviews)
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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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

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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115 of 144 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2014
you probably should play the original version
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118 of 162 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
It's the original Half-Life, with less modding support, texture glitches, and improved water effects. If you already own the Goldsrc version of the game, the only reason to get Source would be out of curiousity during a sale. Otherwise, there aren't nearly enough additions to justify the additional purchase. Half-Life Deathmatch Source is fun...when you can find people to play it with, which isn't nearly enough.
So, while it is as good as the original Half-Life, it is also nearly identical to it as well. You're better off buying the standard version, which is compatible with Opposing Force and Blue Shift, unlike Half-Life: Source.
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160 of 235 people (68%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
In Half-Life: Source, you play Mario's brother Luigi, who can jump higher than Mario and has less traction while running.

Consequently, where Mario Freeman cannot jump completely over every NPC's head without a running triple jump in the normal Half-Life, Luigi (the protagonist of Half-Life: Source) is capable of such a feat. His jumping abilities allow him to easily bypass many obstacles that were originally designed with only Mario Freeman in mind. In this regard, Half-Life: Source is much like the bonus game of Super Mario Galaxy, wherein you get to replay the exact same game with a different Super Mario Brother. Jumps that would have been impossible for Mario Freeman to clear are easily performed by his brother Luigi Freeman.

Unlike Super Mario Galaxy, though, Half-Life: Source does not come included with the game it is based on. While it's interesting playing the game with a different character's physical capabilities, Mario Freeman is still the true star and the one you will remember and return to more often.

So, should you get Half-Life: Source? My recommendation is to stick with the original. Maybe Luigi Freeman will get a spin-off of his own someday, but this is not his game.
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30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
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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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
It's Half-Life, but on Source Engine.
It has no advantages over Half-Life on Gold Source engine.

If you have played the original Half-Life, there's no reason to play this.

The only use for it is to mount it in Garry's Mod.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
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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35 of 58 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
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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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 13, 2014
Half-Life... Easily one the first FPS done perfectly while other developers went through their own growing pains of figuring out the magic formula that makes FPS of today so awesome. I had the previlage of playing this class on the Playstation 2 first. I miss those sweeter graphics vs the PC but more importantly the PC plays exactly the same. I loved the game enough that a minor graphic downgrade it perfectly acceptable because I don't own a Playstation 2 anymore but I still get to keep Half-Life. Excellent gameplay with a story that makes you want to see what happens next. Even after beating this game a dozen times, I still come back one every two to three years. It just weathers time that well. If you never played Half-Life, don't let it's age and dated graphics fool you. As cheap as you can get it today enjoy a fresh experience that shows you how great games began before the rules were known. And if you owned this once, I can't imagine why you wouldn't want this classic gem back. Definitely great memories...
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16 of 24 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
843.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
I use to recommend this game... I don't anymore.

Valve gone and ruined this game with their stupid updates that have just made the game more unstable and glitchy.

Valve please come back and fix your ♥♥♥♥.

0/10
BROKEN
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Absolutely grand game, but this version is slower and has glitches galore, so just stick with the original version if you ask me ;)
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
Great game, even if it is very old.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
OMG! I played it when it first came out and loved it. Made me hooked for life. Blue Shift, Opposing Force, 2, E1, E2, all of them. Was bored, bought and d/l Source and... IDK if it is original bugs or new bugs but with out noclip I don't know how I'd get through some of the areas. Oh, the vent is half an inch too short to just walk through but an inch too high off the ground to just crawl through.

But still, enjoying the some what updated graphics and ragdoll physics. Just started tonight and played through to Blast Pit before deciding it was time for bed.

But other than the few times I needed noclip, the game is as good as ever and makes me want to buy BS and OF and then move through HL2, E1, and E2 all over again on my next day off. I would say get this game if you love the series but if are new, maybe stick to HL2? Some will whine the graphics aren't amazing, and I do miss the gravity gun(Best gun in any game ever) but this classic is classic for a reason!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Is it worth it if you already own the original? YES!!! Now, please, come ON people! Stop hating it because it is "the same as the original". I will tell you why it is BETTER than the original. 1. If you beat the game but forgot to save, this game allows you to go to ANY point in the game. 2. It is a nice love letter to those Half-Life 1 and exansion players. 3. Yes, it is the same game, BUT, Valve wants new players to go try the 1998 classic, with better lighting, physics, and just some better mechanics that Gold Source could not handle. BONUS FOR GMOD PLAYERS. 4. You can't use Gold Source models in the game without addons, so now you don't have to. So I give this game a 10 out of 10. So new players who haven't had a chance to try the original, hope you like it, and people hating the game because the reason stated before, hope you know see reason Valve made this game!
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
I really don't have any idea what Valve was thinking when developing this version of Half Life, because aside of the improved textures they didn't put 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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
"its by design" ~ alfred
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 9
The port of Half-Life for Source engine. Unfortunately they just shipped the game to source, not giving a damn about upgrading graphics, for instances. So it's copy past Half-Life on a better engine. Nothing much here. Check Half-Life reviews and you'll know if you want to play this. Short version of my review is, if you want to know Half-Life's story, you MUST PLAY THIS GAME. If you want a challenge, PLAY IT. If you like long games, PLAY IT. Overall, YOU MUST PLAY IT if you like FPS games. 11/10 played it again 3 times already
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
You can shoot an Alien's ballsack. 10\10 IGN
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Fun, Challenging, And never boring. Some people will cry about bad graphics but they're not even bad. Just a little on the older side. 10/10.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 28
Even so many years after it's release, this holds up really nicely and the Source update adds an extra pop to the visual splendor. But, visuals aren't everything in a game and Half Life understands it. Building on the puzzle mechanics of Doom and Quake, the puzzles are challenging, complex and they are quite accessible once you are involved in them. The combat mechanics are very immersive. The A.I. is really good and the enemies are challenging to defeat, especially the marines. Black Mesa is a delightful post-apocolayptic base that is a lot larger than initially expected. The voice acting is a little hoakey but it gives the game a more narritve feeling that was unique at the time. The sound effects are impressive and the enemies are well-designed. The amount of effort put into the game and the satisfaction you'd get from playing it is certainly admirable. It invigorated the FPS genre and its not hard to see why. :)
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