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User reviews: Very Positive (2,453 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
24 of 24 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Episode 1 continues where Half Life 2 ended.

It's the shortest one of them all and adds a few new things which I really like for instance Alyx can only see in the dark if you turn on the flashlight and point it in some direction.

A must have for a Half-Life fan of course.
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37 of 51 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
She's waiting on the other side for you, Gordon! You lucky dog you!
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37 of 52 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
The adventure didn't finished with blowing up Citadel. This game is the shortest and most exciting game I have ever seen in my life. In this episode Gordon and Alyx are running away and try to find a way to escape from City 17. There is no new equipment or new weapon. Also in this episode we will see Gordon and Alyx more close together. If you finished Half Life 2 already, you need to buy and play this game definitely.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Not quite as good as HL2 but very much worth a go.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 14, 2014
Continuation of the epic series by valve.

You start off from where half life 2 ended and make your way through the scariest set of levels in the new trilogy(HL2 trilogy) so far.

Definitely a must play for all half-life and fps lovers. You just cant skip this game or any games in the half life series for that matter. Get them all and immerse yourself in the complex yet great plot!

10/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
This review is not necessarily what I would call completely finished, but here is what I have thus far:

Half-Life 2: Episode One continues more or less directly from where the remarkable masterpiece known as Half-Life 2 left off. Needless to say, those who played and enjoyed Half-Life 2 will probably enjoy Episode One, as it continues the captivating storyline of Half-Life 2 over into a new phase following the events of the previous game.
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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
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
Samething as Half life 2 just the next part of the game... DONT KNOW WHAT IM TALKING ABOUT??? YOU SHOULD GET HALF LIFE 2 THEN GET Episode one!! You wont be disappointed in meh!!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
Pre-Release Review
Starting where half life 2 ended. A very enjoyable game, although half as short as its predecessor. The same engine is used likewise and the same arsenal of weapons, physics and control mechanics. Has a very distinctive reversed chronology kind of style, where as you progress the game you actually go back to the beginning, where half life 2 began. A major reason why i prefer this one over episode two, is because you get to use my favourite weapon in the first chapters, the super gravity gun. One more time to ragdoll physic some more useless combines. That's why i prefer the first one over the second. Overall a great addition in the half life 2 franchise, which is worth playing.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Half-Life 2: Episode One is the first of the two episodes that take place after the end of Half-Life 2.

After an ending oddly reminiscent of the first game, we are once again left on a cliffhanger after the events of Half-Life 2. This game is the continuation of Half-Life 2, and once again we take control of Gordon Freeman on his unstoppable killing spree.

While Episode One is very short in comparison to Half-Life 2, it still holds the same level of quality in terms of gameplay. The same characters are there, and a few new enemies and mechanics are introduced. None of this is exactly game-changing, yet it does keep it fresh. The story lacks a little, which is mainly due to the lenght of the game.

There isn't much to say for Episode One that hasn't already been said for Half-Life 2. While it is fun to fight alongside Alyx, it doesn't quite make up for the length of it. If purchased through the Orange Box, it isn't much of a problem.
Overall, definitely worth playing, but only as part of the series, and not on its own.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
IT'S HALF-LIFE.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Valve is at it again. Good game, though all too SHORT.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 4
Reuses a few scenarios from Half-Life 2, such as certain battles.
Story and game play are good though, especially when saving civilians.
Overall a great little epilogue for Half-Life 2.
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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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
An epic continue on the Amazing Half-Life story. Adding a hell load of new things and will keep you begging for more.
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