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 (74 reviews) - 82% of the 74 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (4,210 reviews) - 89% of the 4,210 user reviews for this game are positive.
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!

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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2.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
A great multiplayer deathmatch with a Half-Life 2 theme.
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0.1 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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1.1 hrs
Posted: September 21
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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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The Fuckin' Green Bastard
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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0.3 hrs
Posted: September 17
I was hoping for fun but full of hackers.. Hackssss. Between Running through walls and 1 shot kills. not worth it.
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5.6 hrs
Posted: September 16
I can't say I would play it for more than an hour, but it's fun.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
25 of 31 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
Product received for free

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 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 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
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
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
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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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.4 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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
350 of 386 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6,237.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 15, 2014
Tried it, it's okay
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218 of 230 people (95%) found this review helpful
201 people found this review funny
3,378.5 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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118 of 120 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3,558.6 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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