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User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (2,615 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 1, 2006

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Includes 5 items: Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal, Team Fortress 2

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Includes 10 items: Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Half-Life: Source, Team Fortress Classic

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Includes 24 items: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Portal 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Left 4 Dead, Portal, Team Fortress 2, Team Fortress Classic, Counter-Strike: Source, Counter-Strike, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Day of Defeat, Day of Defeat: Source, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Half-Life, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Half-Life Deathmatch: Source, Half-Life: Source, Ricochet, Deathmatch Classic

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Recommended By Curators

"In this episodic standalone follow-up to Half-Life 2, Gordon Freeman once again teams up with Alyx Vance as they try to escape a besieged City 17."

About This Game

Half-Life 2 has sold over 4 million copies worldwide, and earned over 35 Game of the Year Awards. Episode One is the first in a series of games that reveal the aftermath of Half-Life 2 and launch a journey beyond City 17. Also features two multiplayer games. Half-Life 2 not required.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    Minimum: 1.7 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM, DirectX® 8.1 level Graphics Card (Requires support for SSE), Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: Pentium 4 processor (3.0GHz, or better), 1GB RAM, DirectX® 9 level Graphics Card, Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista/XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection


    NVIDIA

    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

Helpful customer reviews
65 of 89 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
My internet cut off so I played the whole game offline.


Needless to say, I didn't get any acheivements and now im depressed.


gaben/10
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Pre-Release Review
Episode One picks up the story right around where Half-Life 2 ended. Alyx and Dog are looking for you, and your job is to get the hell out of City 17 before it blows up. There are a few enhancements to the gameplay, some new enemies, and a superb storyline that continues to expand the Half-Life universe. A must play if you are a fan of the series, or if you're looking for a quick shooter. The game itself is not long, but packs a punch in the short campaign that you play.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Not quite as good as HL2 but very much worth a go.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
The Half-Life Series has left a legacy for a reason. Enough said.

If you're planning on buying the games individually, dont. Search the "Orange Box" on steam and buy it instead. You get the entire series plus both Portal games, and it comes out cheaper. The Orange Bundle was on sale yesterday for $5 on greenmangaming. Its normally 20 dollars however, which is still a pretty good deal. I think i bought it for $10. so yeah, the bundle can save you some money if you place it on your wishlist and buy it on sale.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
half _life=life
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2014
It's like more of half-life 2. If you want more half-life 2 you'll like this game. If you haven't played half-life 2, it's an action sci-fi shooter. I also recommend Half-Life 2.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 30
The game is too short so dont expect much from it, but its worth a go, for the story of course..
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
More Half-Life 2? Why not. 2-3 hours of shooting Combine and samey physics puzzles is always nice.

Or it was. Play it and get the achievements before putting it on the shelf and forgetting about it. That's what I did. >_>
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
09/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
it os amazingly fun!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
The story continues! 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
Great followup to Half-Life 2, and has some pretty awesome combat scenes. Alyx is seen getting a personality upgrade, for sure. Would reccomend buying the entire Orange Box though, as this is pretty short.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
This episode takes place right after the events in HL2, as Gordon and Alyx flee from City 17, fighting against creatures who were previously blocked from entering the city.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Your hour has come again.
Half-Life 2: Episode One is the first title in an episodic trilogy of games that serve as the sequel to Half-Life 2. Episode One picks up directly where the previous game left off, with protagonist Gordon Freeman being pulled from rubble by Dog at the base of the Combine Citadel. He is reunited with Alyx Vance, and the pair soon discover that the only way to prevent the Citadel's explosion—and subsequent destruction of City 17—is to directly intervene in the core. The inside of the ruined Citadel is a maze of smashed metal and radioactive sparks. For the first two chapters of Episode One, the only weapon available to the player is the gravity gun, which has been supercharged as it was at the end of Half-Life 2 to allow Freeman to pick up and launch much heavier objects, including enemies. The first third or so of Episode One is spent inside the Citadel.

After this, it starts to pick up more. Alyx Vance is alongside you for the entirety of Episode One, and it makes Half-Life feel like a different game. Alyx doesn't fight in the same way as the rebels from the previous game. She strafes, takes cover and shoots similarly, but she can also use melee attacks on enemies and in one sequence even uses a sniper rifle to cover Gordon as he makes his way through the city. Alyx's character is a lot less annoying in Episode One, but her personality still seems a little unclear. There's a scene where she seems horrified by the stalkers losing their humanity, but minutes later she's making puns about zombies. It feels forced, as though the developer felt the need to go in depth with her character, but didn't really want to. It would have been better to keep her as the Robin to Freeman's silent Batman. I suspect should Episode One have been longer, Alyx's constant one-sided banter would have become irritating, but the game's length keeps it at a tolerable level.

Gameplay is essentially the same as Half-Life 2, but with several minor nuances. Firstly, nothing besides the gravity gun comes into play for the first part of the game, keeping it primarily puzzle-oriented in early chapters. Second, new level design includes dark rooms filled with zombies, forcing Freeman to use flares and his flashlight to keep track of them. This adds an element of survival horror, and was a welcome nod to the genre, but really doesn't have a place in a bigger Half-Life title.

Graphics remain unchanged from Half-Life 2, with the exception of several new particle effects. The game's soundtrack deserves it's own mention. The style of music in most scenes is understated and adds to the atmosphere, with occasional bursts of intensity such as in the hospital scene. Many of the tracks are forgettable, but some are memorable enough to stick with you.

Half-Life 2: Episode One triumphantly adapts the Half-Life series into an episodic format, keeping with the flavour that fans love while adding enough of it's own elements to stand out by itself.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
Quicky review: Fun, tense and a great addition to the Half-life story.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2014
Continuing the story, adding more content, but kinda short.

Amazing. A must-have game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2014
Great story line to continue the journey after HL2, can't wait to start Episode 2 to see how it keeps moving forward.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Awesome. That moment I realized I can't play this game without Alyx hawking me.

10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
After Half-Life 2, this "game" isn't exactly masterpiece. Don't get me wrong, I'm still recommending it - especially is you like Half-Life 2 as much as I did - but the games main problems come in the fact that this feels like it's trying to get you hyped for a potential Half-Life 3. Nothing really happens in the game, it's basically just about Gordon and Alyx escaping the Citidal, and it doesn't add much to the gameplay or the mechanics. Still, it's definitely worth a play just because it's loads of fun, I just wish there was more lore and story. Could be a little more interesting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
Good game it need to be longer
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