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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Very Positive (55 reviews) - 87% of the 55 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Release Date: Nov 1, 2004

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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!

System Requirements

Mac OS X

    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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
The source engine is such a wonderful playground and lends itself very well to Deathmatch style multiplayer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3,094.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Product received for free
I'd be recommending it if it wasn't for the following:

  1. The 2010 Orange Box update that ruined the game for most of us, resulting in many leaving the game. Most techniques were simply not working anymore.
  2. The SteamPipe update deleted my files in the <username> folder. Lost a lot of work.
  3. The community. This has to be a problem. Some servers are really good, with a good community, but what destroyed the game is the russians. I'm not going to put a capital letter on it because they're not worth it. They cheat themselves and ban legit players (like me for example), who are accused of cheating. All that's happening is that they want to monopolize the game. Stay away from match servers hosted from russians. Sometimes, when fragging them in public, they are going to ask you for a 1on1 just to prove themselves, just ignore them.
  4. Cheaters. There is a cheat going on, ruining everybody's fun. Until this is fixed, stay away from DM servers.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
This game was my best part, Combines, Rebels Funny moments, like dm_lockdown and Maps were my best game ever thanks for valve for making this.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,323.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
yer you have heard about half life and half life 2 iff you are to

deathmatch this is the game for you try it iff you like action

ofc but i have played for over 2000 hours and i still play it is a very good game and the

deathmatch is even better if you like shooting games
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
349 of 385 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
6,237.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
Tried it, it's okay
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118 of 120 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3,577.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2014
Are you seeing this because you are intrested to buy it on a sale? Don't even read further and get it right away for these few $ it is worth. Still curious? Let me explain why my hours for this game are so high.

This game has a very active modding scene who created a variety of different gamemodes. Unlike the name deathmatch tells you there is plenty of other things to do making it fun for everybody. The community is great and in many places very helpfull. They will sort out bugs you have or simply teach you how to play the game. You should definately buy this game! Expand the review to learn about its gamemodes.

(Team) Deathmatch
Servers : Common
Sub Types : 1v1 , Matches , Bots , Variety of gravity's , KillBox

As the name of the game indicates this is the original gamemode of the game. There are many different kinds of maps. Killbox is mainly a box where you can hit about everyone with some stuff for you to mess with. Other maps can involve a variety of sceneries (Mappers like to use there own themes instead of just City 17). There is still an active competitive scene so if your up for 1v1 matches dig around and you can surely find them. Some servers often killbox like to turn the gravity down for some low gravity fun.

The gunplay is what i call "Unbalanced". This means that some guns are clearly superior over other guns and you will have to focus on getting better weapons from the moment you spawn (Quake style but not as extreme). If this is not your thing just continue reading because there are plenty of modes for you to find.

The most populair frag video from a well known clan :

Servers : Common
Sub Types : Exclusive maps to some servers, Multiple gravities, Exclusive Weapons to some servers, Dual Coop

This is my personal favorite mode. Infact i like this mode so much i built an entire server around it.

In cooperative maps you work together with your team to destroy the aliens of the singleplayer game (Combines are broken). Additionaly some of the maps give you challenges similair to the physics puzzles in the original game or allow 2 teams to mix cooperative with the deathmatching (Both examples are rare as most maps are normal cooperative).

Here is some uncut gameplay from my server to give an incidation of what the gamemode is like :

Servers : Common

The name says it all. You are put in a map where you have to complete a set of puzzles in order to beat the map.
The puzzles you get a very varied and can involve anything from finding a path in a minefield , driving airboats along a track , building your way to the exit or hitting targets with a specified gun. Puzzle map creators are very creative in the challenges they think up so each map will have its own unique challenges to beat.

Puzzle map gameplay :

Servers : Common

Roleplay is another fan favorite for many people of the game. It is cops and robbers style gameplay where you buy and sell your items and on alot of servers you can even buy and decorate your own house. Personally i did not play it much so my review would probabbly fall short of the possibility's in these servers.

Probabbly not the best vid :

Servers : Rare
Sub Types : With or without weapons (With is more common)

Surf is something adopted from the counterstrike community. It all involves trying to surf down a track of slidey walls and not falling of the sides. On most maps depending on where you failed you get placed in a deathmatch box with a better weapon then those who failed before you.

Surf Gameplay :

Trick Jumping
Servers : Medium Rare

These maps are similair to Surf in the way that you are trying to get from A to B. They mostly do not involve gunplay of any kind. Instead of sliding along walls you have to beat jumps of increasing difficulty. While fun on its own this is also often used to train for better movement in the deathmatches.

Hard Trickjump Gameplay :

Servers : Rare
Sub Types : Hybrd with zombie survival , Straight up killing

While there are zombiemod servers they are not always around as these servers run different modes and the type of zombiemod also depends strongly on the server you play it on. Other servers usually have a bigger deathmatch focus and no npc's but since i only play it on mine i will tell you how it goes on our server.

The round starts with everyone as a survivor where you fight unlimited npc zombies in a set time. Once someone fails and greats beaten he will join the other team and only have a crowbar. Zombies are slower then survivors by default but are the only team that can use the spint ability. Survivors win by surviving long enough while zombies win by making sure all humans are dead.

In case you want to play it and no other servers are running zombiemod you can join our server bouncyball and vote for one of the zombiemod maps using !jb.

Servers : Rare

In deathrun one team tries to run from A to B and the other sets off traps to stop them. There are a vareity of maps all with there own set of traps.

Gameplay from the most populair deathrun server :

Scripting / Cheating / Building
Servers : Rare
Sub Types : Cheating , Building using server commands only
Wait what? Cheating? Hacking? o.O
Why would anyone want to do this?

The answer is simple. Using cheats and "Hacks" very cool stuff can be done in the engine. Do not expect these servers to be overrun with aimbotters (although some people will kill your godmode protection off). This is all about creating great things with the cheats in the game or your own custom addons.

Sadly all good videos of this have been removed but a quick summery of some stuff i saw : Giant Mechs (Working) , Space invaders remade , Dokuman attack , gm_flatgrass turned into a forest , Gigantic volcano jump challenge that will explode in a cool manner when beaten.

The possiblity's are HUGE!

I probabbly missed alot of gamemodes as these are server experiments. Think about FreezeTag or extremely modified servers.

The server in this video has been remade entirely and most of the things shown are no longer there but it is a good indication of how crazy the game can get :

It is also worth mentioning that as you can see in the above vid servers have a lot of control over the gameplay as they can program new features themselfs using the addon support for the game. Think about things such as statistics , jetpacks ropes and hooks , teleports , midget mode and many more.

I hope my insiders view gave you a good insight in why this game is so well loved as the steam store page simply does not cut its job. The game has its drawbacks that in the past it has been ruined by valve quite a bit (And then fixed by valve and the community for the most part). Because valve does not look at this game very often the description and screenshots on the storepage are simply acient and you can experience some bugs and crashes. The more populair servers will do anything they can to provide a sollid gameplay experience so no worries.
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127 of 137 people (93%) found this review helpful
202 people found this review funny
3,489.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
After playing this for a few hours I've decided that this game can be considered worth it.
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Annoying Doggo
4.3 hrs
Posted: October 22
Joined a server


Threw Crowbars

They exploded

Shot a bomb

it was a cluster bomb

killed my self

killed 5 people with crowbars


10/10 would shoot someone with a explosive crowbar using a gravity-gun again.
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Billy Djo Armstrong
185.9 hrs
Posted: October 22
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch это-типичная арена! Ничего нового, все по старому, есть пушка, есть противник, стреляй!
+ Привычная стреляба из HL2
+ Хорошая арена
+ Если надоело сливаться в CS:GO или просто плохое настроение, У тебя есть РПГ )))
+ Старая добрая Грави Пушка
- Отсутсвие отдачи
- Игроки будто неживые
- Слишко имбовый Револьвер и Дробовик!
Спасибо за внимание!
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1.9 hrs
Posted: October 21
I may be thinking of HL2:CTF when I rate this.
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Your Dad's Gay Lover
2.1 hrs
Posted: October 17
I like it =D
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Yourself Kill
40.8 hrs
Posted: October 17
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6.3 hrs
Posted: October 17
Get killed with a toilet as soon as you join the server simulator 2004
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Diet Lime Coke
2.0 hrs
Posted: October 16
Product received for free
Screw call of duty and battlefield 1, half life 2 deth match is the best multiplayer game I have played since MW2!
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Spooky Budman
1.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
Not really noob-friendly

I love Half Life
I love Deathmatch games

I can't get myself to like this.

Most of the players still playing it are highly skilled and bunny hop around the map at intense speeds, not missing a single gravity gun blast. Good for them, and I'm sure they have fun, but new players will find it frustrating to play, when there is so little you can do to succeed. Sure, you could get good at the game, but as long as your not near as good as other players the game is simply not fun, giving me no interest in spending time to get better.

There's a bit of a modding community but if you want a modding community alike to what this one would like to be I'd reccomend playing Garry's Mod instead, as the community gamemodes are better-made

Hope my review helped.
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35.0 hrs
Posted: October 16
Do you only have 4hp left and theres 5 enemies in the next room? Think it would be wise to find a medkit? Don't care, going to rush in anyway
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