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 (1,032 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 1, 2004

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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

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    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
Helpful customer reviews
107 of 117 people (91%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
I've stayed away from the Half Life series for a very long time, solely because I didn't even have a Steam account! But I recently bought Half Life: Source and Half Life 2, and I must say, they've already become some of my favourite games.

The formula in this game, although the game is 10 years old, still feels fresh to me, and feels like a new game. It's also one of the first games I've tried of this genre that I've actually enjoyed. The graphics are also fantastic for their age.

Well done Valve!
Posted: May 28
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58 of 62 people (94%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
Would I recommend Half-Life? Hell yes. Would I recommend Half-Life: Source? Er, maybe. The original Half-Life was, and still is, an absolutely fantastic game. The story and how it’s conveyed to the player works extremely well, and the controls, gameplay mechanics, visuals, and sound are all phenomenal. Very few bugs, and certainly none game-breakingly noteworthy.

However, this is where Half-Life: Source fails. This game’s major problem is its glitches and bugs. Some minor, some absolutely game-breaking. On one hand, you have scientist’s AI screwed up, running into open fire, constantly shooting off their response lines. On the other hand, you have some parts of the game where the textures and models go ape♥♥♥♥, essentially simulating your graphics card melting.

Even with the bugs, the game does try to make it up with some enhancements thanks to the Source engine. The water effects are slightly better (although in my experiences it’s just extraordinarily shiny and reflective), and the lighting effects are significantly improved, although inconsistent when walking into an area that needs to load. However, the HL2 bullet hole decals make it possible to create magnificent works of art with your crowbar on walls.

Thankfully, the gameplay, controls, and overall look and appeal of the game is still there, unaltered. There’s no denying that the game is awesome. Half-Life in general is awesome. I just love how people on the GoldSrc version of Half-Life were complaining about the game having extremely old and outdated graphics, saying HL:Source is better in this field. Well, it’s not. A majority of textures and models are completely identical. Aside from the water and bullet decals, the games are visually the same, which is something I’m completely fine with. The regular version of Half-Life actually comes with the HD texture pack, something this port lacks. It essentially gives the game updated models to characters and weapons, and slightly enhanced textures in some areas. It’s nice, but not essential, which is fine.

Overall, yeah, go ahead and get it. If this is ever on sale for cheaper than the regular Half-Life, and you own neither, by all means, go ahead and get it. You (hopefully) won’t regret it.
Posted: July 2
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
WTF is it? - This is a somewhat better looking version of the original Half-Life. Valve "improved" upon the original by porting it to the Source engine, however it offers little in visual improvement and features VERY minimal changes to gameplay. This is not a bad thing as Half Life is a great game but it just seems that valve phoned it in. Would I call it a true remake? No.

Verdict - It is still Half-Life.

BTW - Black Mesa is a true remake that is coming... eventually.
Posted: August 8
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41 of 64 people (64%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Before you continue reading, you must understand. I LOVE Half Life! It is one of the best games ever made! I fully reccomend it to anybody! But I DO NOT reccomend this game. It is an awful excuse for the first game. Let me tell you some of the bugs:

The shotgun has the same sounds for both types of fire (Primary and Secondary), which it is not supposed to.

The machine gun has no reload sound.

And the worst of all, there is a BOSS with NO hit detection! You can't hurt it and it can't hurt you. Luckily, it isn't a boss that you kill by shooting, so it's possible to complete the game. But being able to complete a game should not be a good thing! It should be a standard thing!

Save your ten dollars and buy the original.
Posted: August 6
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74 of 124 people (60%) found this review helpful
73.6 hrs on record
Get the other Half-Life! Why? Because this version has these bugs/glitches:

BROKEN HITBOX ON HELICOPTER

BROKEN HITBOX ON HOUNDEYE

GLITCHY SHADOWS

SCIENTISTS DON'T SIT IN CHAIRS PROPERLY

GUNS GET STUCK IN WALLS

BOXES/CHAIRS/TABLES/BARRELS EASILY HURT YOU

LADDERS THAT LAUNCH YOU TEN FEET / SEVEN OR SO METERS IN THE AIR

LIGHTING ON METALLIC STRUCTURES / GUNS ARE JANKY

NPC's NOT DOING THERE SCRIPTED EVENTS ( ESPECIALLY SOLDIERS )

MUSIC DOESN'T PLAY AT THE RIGHT TIME ( USUALLY BECAUSE LOADING SCREENS CANCEL THE MUSIC )

And this is just what happens to ME. There is SO much more.

Again.. I love Half-Life.. So just get the other copy..
Posted: September 21
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147 of 158 people (93%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
I know this almost goes without saying, but any gamer alive should play the Half-Life games. Even compared with the modern flashy big-budget single-player shooter extravaganzas of today (I'm looking at you, Far Cry and Bioshock), which are rightly heralded as amazing games, Half-Life makes your jaw drop at how amazing of an experience it is to fight throuth the crumbling Black Mesa facility battling humans and headcrabs alike. This game really makes you realize how much Jason Brody, Booker Dewitt, and every other major fps protagonist since owe the man with the crowbar, Gordon Freeman. If you are a sane human being who can play a video game, there is no excuse for you to not play Half-Life. None!
Posted: July 28, 2013
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