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Very Positive (86 reviews) - 97% of the 86 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (4,361 reviews) - 95% of the 4,361 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 1, 2006

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Buy Half-Life 2: Episode One

Includes 2 items: Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Episode One

Buy The Orange Box

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

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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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Short episode but worth it and I am still waiting for Half-Life 3 or Half-Life 2: Episode three
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Did you play Half-Life 2? Did you like it? Do you want more?

Half-Life 2: Episode One is pretty much more of the same, with a few new elements like the grenade toting Zombine and Alyx's improved fighting ability. If you enjoyed Half-Life 2 and wish to see what happens next, this is an obvious no-brainer, no? Every point I made in my HL2 review carries over here.

If you didn't enjoy Half-Life 2, you're a strange person, but that's okay, because we all have our flaws.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
——— 9/10 ———

+ Level Design/Aesthetics
+ Kinaesthetics
+ Difficulty Fairness/Gameplay Diversity
+ Achievements
+ AI
+ Score
+ Lore

- Characters development/Narration
- Cliffhanger!

Recomended controls scheme: PC
Recomended difficulty: Hard

FPS Ethalone. Short amount.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
A Game designed for PC. Completely unique feeling which we are unfortunately forgetting today, flooded by console-ported junk and lack of dedication from mercantile designers.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
+ Good Characters
+ Good price
+ Good game for shity PC
+ Good soundtrack
+ Nothing bad about this the game
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Half Life 2: Episode One while a very short game it is still a great 'short game' to be played. If you want more juicy details check out my Half Life 2 review for more information.

Anywho. Let us get the elephant out of the room. This particular episode tries a little bit too hard at what it wants to be. Is this still an action adventure game? Is it a science-fiction horror FPS? The reason why I say this is because unlike in Half Life 2 where the sections are spread out. The "chapters" jump from one genre to the next with really no breather for the player. And I guess you can say it's because of the "intense" circumstances of the story. But still, Episode One could've used more chapters to spread things out rather than just cramming it all in.

The story obviously takes places just hours after the events of Half Life 2. The overall goal is to get out of City 17. That's basically it. You get some "new" 'plot questions' in this particular game. But these 'plot questions' won't be explained until Episode 2. And even then, the new plot questions you encountered in this game and in the next episode won't be REALLY answered until (Half Life 3) <- Lol.

I recommend this game. But! And this might be a hard pill to swallow. But, I think Episode One and Two should've just been in the ACTUAL Half Life 2 game rather than spacing the game out. It might've been because of budget or giving players a breather. If that's the case then they should've made Ep 1 and Ep 2 into purchasable expansions rather than actual 'full games'. I recommend buying the Orange Box rather than the games seperately btw.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
This is an AMAZING game, It's short, but really fun. And I HIGHLY suggest downlooading it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Kind of short for a Half-life game but i loved it i recommend this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Alyx killed most of the zombine, not me ! (besides this, it's a 10/10)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
It is very nice game!
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Mika
10.6 hrs
Posted: September 28
gordon freeman
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eejau2024
4.5 hrs
Posted: September 28
AWESOMENESS over 9000!!!
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Commander Spider
35.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
somehow I was still avile after half life 2
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aaronfranke
6.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
A great expansion to Half-Life 2.
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TimothyCrawfordBOSS
3.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
I like Half-Life 2 Episode One alot! It's a great continuation from Half-Life 2. Half-Life 2 is kinda long though.
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