Fast multiplayer action set in the Half-Life 2 universe! HL2's physics adds a new dimension to deathmatch play. Play straight deathmatch or try Combine vs. Resistance teamplay. Toss a toilet at your friend today!
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Mostly Positive (64 reviews) - 79% of the 64 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Nov 1, 2004

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"Fast paced underplayed almost dieing epic game."

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Fast multiplayer action set in the Half-Life 2 universe! HL2's physics adds a new dimension to deathmatch play. Play straight deathmatch or try Combine vs. Resistance teamplay. Toss a toilet at your friend today!

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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 X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, 1GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection
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26 of 32 people (81%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
25.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Multi-player arena, based on the Half-life 2 backgrounds, skins and weaponry. It used to be fun - right after the HL2 hit the shelves - but now, it's all quite boring, unless you have some tradition to meet up and make fun with friends there.

The community is vanishing - the most of all servers are empty 4life. And even while there are still some people playing, if you haven't got there until now - then you can easily forget about this issue forever.
What's good about HL2 Deathmatch - is all about physics and gravy-gun, and the ability to flood the server with multiple Freemans running around. Or cooperative maps, where you fight through some location filled with respawning monesters, hoping on the backup from the rest of your team.
And now comes the bad part. For one, there are no (absolute zero) chances to find yourself a good team. There are no skilled players, as there are no application for their skills. The weaponry, that were so good in the single-player, aren't really any good for multiplayer arena FPS. That means totally random gameplay. You can die every second, or dominate with dozens of kills - it's not matter anything.

So no, if you're not having some friends who will play with you there, I don't recommend to starting this one. Other Valve products, like Counter Strike and Team Fortress, are much more capable to entertain, and provide decent gameplay.
Mark 5/10. Engine's good, the game at this point - not.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Product received for free
There is no vanilla servers these days :c
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
368.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
I remember first playing this game about 8 years ago. I went under the name "Sharp-Shooter" at the time, and it was my first experience playing an FPS with other players. Unfortunately, that experience would turn out to be a bad one.

Many of the weapons in this game require little to no skill to use, or have a secondary fire that requires no skill. With many of them, you can be very vague with your aiming and yet be rewarded with ridiculous damage (usually an instant kill at full health). An example of this would be the secondary fire for the pulse rifle. Anyone who has played singleplayer Half Life 2 knows that this is a fairly large orb that rebounds off of all surfaces and instant kills any target it hits regardless of current health. Well, in Deathmatch it is no different, but this is a problem for two reasons. The first being that there are other weapons, such as the primary fire for both the SMG and pulse rifle, which have been nerfed considerably in this game compared to the campaign game. The reduced damage meant that you had to keep your aim on target at all times for the best effect which requires concentration and practice. The orbs having no reduction of any kind therefore makes this unfair as anyone could take down someone skilled at using the primary fire with no effort at all. The second is that the orb's ability to rebound everywhere means that there is little chance of avoiding it, and the user could get kills without so much as seeing their targets, or even knowing where they were at the time.

But that's just one example. And yet the majority of the community somehow convinces itself that every weapon in this game is equally as hard to use as everything else.

So do I recommend this game? Well, not really. If you are looking for a fair and skill-based game, this is not for you. It forces you to play in a way that requires no effort, which if you refuse to do as I did, will leave you with the stress of losing constantly regardless of how hard you try or how skilled you are. Then again, like with anything, it is still up to you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Brings me back to the old days when i was still waiting for Half-Life 3, well atleast they gave us the multiplayer version of Half-Life 2, am i right?
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Basicaly you are a bullet sponge in a bullet hell

I have nothing more to say...
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Product received for free
Basically - OH COME THE F*CK ON, HOW THE F*CK IS REVOLVER INSTAKILLING IS BALANCED?

It's probably best of Valve's MP shooters. Half-Life 1's deathmatch is still a lot of fun, and you probably will prefer the HL1, but if you got Source Multiplayer Pack - you can try the game out. Ever since it's Half-Life 2 it's physics based. You get the gravity gun - one of instakill weapons - and it's pure fun, if you know how to press buttons fast. Why i can't stand this game in a moments? Because of maps. Most servers don't host official maps (which are balanced, by Valve's logic), they host bullsh*t like Killbox (in HL1 it's great, but in HL2 it's basically like castration). Bots are not implemented, but you can find great bots online and practise your gravity gun skills.online is low, so find company to play and come on 4 plr server

7.2/10 as a game
9.2/10 as HL MP Game
10/10 as valve's multiplayer game
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Product received for free
Saw this and thought of buying it some time ago and a few days later i saw it on my games for no reason so i gave it a try. Even though i'm terrible at it, its tons of fun and i'm sad to see the game is basically dead by now with maybe 5 servers with people actually playing on it, this is a severely underrated game and i feel like it deserves more attention.

I'd give it a 9/10.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Is this Half-Life 3?
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
RPs don't have 10 year olds whining and ♥♥♥♥♥ing unlike GMOD.
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No Retribution
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 27
Jitters...Jitters....Blah....Jitters. I dont understand. It only seems to happen in valve games. High fps low latency and completely unplayable. Very strange.
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Nansii
368.4 hrs
Posted: September 27
GGGGGGGGGGOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
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aaronfranke
2.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
A great multiplayer deathmatch with a Half-Life 2 theme.
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TimothyCrawfordBOSS
0.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
Product received for free
This is a way to have fun when your bored!
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Bilgekaan Türkdoğan
5.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
oyuna bence trainer eklenmeli oyuncular istediğini ala bilmeli
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imarriedmystalker
1.1 hrs
Posted: September 21
yes
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Counter-Scam: Hackers Offensive
38.1 hrs
Posted: September 21
This game is very fun and underated. Get 4+ friends to play this or else you will verse people with over 5000 hours in the game and over 9000 ping for you.

If you have played half life 2 and enjoyed it then this game is great fun.
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Princess Combine Assassin™ λ
0.3 hrs
Posted: September 21
this game is ♥♥♥♥
nobody plays it anymore
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N0053
409.6 hrs
Posted: September 20
Words cannot describe the glory once HL2:DM had once bestowed upon us.
It is dying, but is still incredible. I think this calls for a reboot.
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