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Very Positive (126 reviews) - 91% of the 126 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,178 reviews) - 94% of the 4,178 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 1, 2006

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"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.

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    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



    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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Very Positive (126 reviews)
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d0ne -iwnl-
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Gabe please make hl3
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Ether Bot
( 6.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Half-Life 2: Episode One is science fiction first person shooter game developed by Valve Software on the Source Engine. It tells the continued story of physicist-gone-action-hero Gordon Freeman as he and action-hero-gone-love-interest Alyx Vance escape from the physically unstable City 17 before it blows up I think.

In my review of Half-Life 2 I definitely wasn't very nice to the game. I said the game was unfocused and average, with interesting ideas and clever storytelling but drawn-out setpeices and a largely uninteresting plot if you remove all that glittery facial animation. Some of that, I think, is still justified but one thing I forgot to mention was how much I actually really like Half-Life 2.

One thing the HL franchise enjoys doing is pulling the rug out from under the player and then throwing a bunch of enemies at them. That's pretty cool but it's also sort of troubling, considering that most of Half-Life 2 feels very aimless as if Gordon is just drunkenly stumbling between ambushes and set-peices. Episode 1 seemingly tries to fix that by making whatever the current goal is very obvious, either with some kind of environmental clue or with Alyx directly telling you what the objective is:

Escape the tower
Get to the train station

The story is more grounded and because of that the gameplay can throw you into as many accidental circumstances and detours as it wants because you always end up back on track.

I also appreciate how the stakes are a lot higher feeling in this game. It isn't just a vague intergalactic business proposition between Breen and some alien terrorist people, the actual city feels like it's about to blow up and if you keep getting interrupted by the combine than everybody involved will actually die. And it isn't just your life that's at stake here, you spend the entire game fighting alongside Alyx Vance, which sounds like a bad idea but this game manages a sidekick-idea very well.

Anybody who played the first game remembers the third act where you command a squad consisting of that guy who sounds like everyone else and a girl who only occasionally dreams of cheese(?) but nobody WANTS to remember that part because not only is it sandwiched between the two best parts of the game but it also is un-doubtably the worst. The AI blocks the player at every turn and is super reliant on Gordon; they will not go anywhere unless you ask them too and they die as quickly as your enemies do so they may as well not be there--heck the game is more fun when they AREN'T there.

The squad idea comes back in Episode 1 but not only are they more resistant, they seemingly abandon the whole "Targeting" thing--they seem to go wherever they want until you start to progress, and most importantly they stay out of the players way. All of this culminates into Alyx who not only follows the player from the very start but is INVULNERABLE to damage. This could make her too powerful but the devs fix that only giving her a pistol until about halfway through, and even before that she's a very good aim. Most of the opening is spent with the player under a variety of handicaps such as only having a gravity gun or not having a ton of ammo and the devs cleverly use Alyx as your second half, which not only ties their mostly plot-based comradery into the gameplay but also makes you feel like a real team by the end.

Ultimately I think Episode 1 expands on HL2 and makes the game better. There's only one new enemy and a smaller arsenal than before but the gameplay is tightened and the story in more investing. I'll be the first to admit that my review of HL2 was a bit hyperbolic but I still recommended that game and I absolutely recommend Episode 1 as well
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☣☢ Leenus Dinzel ☢☣
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
If I managed to complete this in one sitting, you can do anything.
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megalodan
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Short and sweet.
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Pichu Yang
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This episode is the shortest and least immersive as compared to Half Life 2(aka Chapter 0) and Half Life 2: Episode 2. It seems just a better version of Duke Nukem Forever.

Why the name is "Half Life"? You scared by the alien invansion which made you already lost half of your life. This episode? Where is the atmosphere and experience of being alone 95% of the time?! The new mechanic is very interesting, BUT, the worst linear adventure FPS gameplay as compared to other Half Lifes.

It existed mainly is to show the result of the Source Engine's new capabilities, as well as new design principle. (Pls refer to commentary mode)

I strongly not recommend this unless it is heavily discounted. Or you don't care your wallet's money.
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Punkman
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Played many years ago, and started again only to be disappointed that the Alyx Vance AI seems to stall the game, its frustraiting waiting for her to constantly finish what she has to say / do to progress the game.

I just stopped playing, the AI in the full HL2 game wasnt like this.

Seeriosuly AI shut up
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KryptonPhoenix
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
We neeed episode 3
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Slamberry
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Half-Life 1: You are a badass scientist trying to escape a shady research corporation in new mexico after a rift is opened up during one of your experiments, allowing headcrabs and other creatures into the facility.
HL1 Opposing force: You are a specially trained elite trooper sent into a research facility to eliminate Gordon Freeman.
HL2: You travel to a dystopian city, seek out the HQ of a resistance movement, and carry out an all-out assault on combine HQ to rescue Eli Vance and destroy the citadel.



HL2: Episode one: You go to the station to catch a train....


10/10 would train again, good to see the innovation going on at valve.

V/\





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ARTURKA_2005
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
VERY GODD GAME
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Guitarrow™
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Half-Life 2: Episode One is a sequel and the first episode of Half-Life 2. The game is short, with just 5 chapters but still fun to play. Alyx, the second main character, helps you and is more around you than in the last game. In the beggining she is a bit annoying, saying "What the hell" too many times but later on she's very helpful. A nice detail is Alyx's reaction if you flashlight her in the face. The gameplay and graphics are very similar to HL2 with some new features in gameplay, like covering the exit hole for Antilions with cars. Overall, Half-Life 2: Episode One is a fun and short game and you can finnish it in less than 5-10 hours.

PERSONAL RATE: 9/10
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Gameplay wise - it has some great moments; including a standout section in which the player directs Alyx Vance's fire via a flashlight.

Unfortunately Valve became sloppy with this expansion pack - opening with a deus ex machina in the lazyest manner poosible.

The scripted sequences become contrived "look at this" moments with Alyx Vance spelling everything out for the player or repeating "oh my god" or in general, gasping at anything and everything to give a foiced sense of drama.

Basically - it's more Halflife 2, but not as good. It's still a great - great game. Better than 90% of shooters out there, but pales in comparison to the main game.

Would still recommend it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Oh my god! I had never played any of HL2's sequels, but damn, have I missed a lot!
This game is epic!

It's a 3 hour long ride that's so wild and intense that makes all other action games feel dull and flat.
But... what am I talking about? There are no other action games! There's only one king, and Half-Life is his name.

A must play!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
if not played half life you lose half your life

-العالم سورس
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This game is AWESOME!!! It has AMAZING graphics, NEW ENEMIES for you to kill and the classic ones of course, it's a VALVE game which makes it a OUTSTANDING game, it has NEW ENVIRONMENTS (kinda) and last but not least Alyx is helpful for the first time in a Half-Life game as she helps you to destroy tons of enemies, even though she can die now(in a mission or in one chapter at least) apart from opening doors, keeping you company and talking to you all the time. In my opinion this is an AMAZING expansion to the Half-Life 2 game and if you own Half-Life 2 then you must play it!! P.S Alyx may be sarcastic during the game and a bit annoying when she's standing in front of you but hey she's a programmed NPC and I like her anyway.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
After playing this game, and the first one, I felt a great sense of achievement, for Half Life 1 and 2 are brilliant games. Definately recommended those who haven't come to playing it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Great gameplay, stunning story. Great game over all.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Ahh.. EP1... i remember when i was doing a Lets Play on it on my old PC, i nearly completed it in 1 run, while running Fraps, at the end of the boss and then my Hard Drive completly Broke, because of the long capture time of fraps, lmao
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 19
its ok
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Hey, that's pretty good
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
this game always impresses ... good game and good story .. must play !
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