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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
56 of 57 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2014
Half-Life 2: Episode One 1 was released a bit over 8 years ago, as the even then long-awaited expansion of the original, critically widely acclaimed game. Since it is part of the Orange Box, the Half-Life 2 Complete Edition and the Valve Complete Edition, chances are great you already own and have played the original Half-Life 2.
The good news: Episode 1 continues on the high level of level design and gameplay the original had set. There is however an important shift in focus, as the greater part of the game is played alongside Alyx, Gordon's female companion-in-arms. Alyx happily stands her own against the enemy hordes and doesn't need any sort of "babysitting" games wtih less well developed AI sometimes call for. She's been updated graphically as well (looking even better ;-)) since Episode 1 makes use of the High Dynamic Range lighting effects first tried out by Valve in Half-Life 2: Lost Coast. However, compared to that playable tech-demo, environments in Episode 1 are a bit disappointing and don't always offer the best opportunities for the upgraded engine to shine. There are no wide-open vistas, and although the opening level in the Citadel is impressive, it also has a sort of repetitiveness that comes to the fore now and then.

On the other hand, gameplay-wise everything is as top-notch as it was in the original game, and the fact that you play alongside Alyx offers some interesting opportunities. There's even a Steam Achievement called "One Bullet" which gets unlocked by playing through the entire game (!!) using one single bullet. The rest of the kills/actions has to be made by using the Gravity Gun, which gets an upgrade during the early part of the game. This calls for clever thinking, and I tried to get it, only to find myself missing the shooting action after a couple of hours ;-).

All in all, Episode 1 is a good to very good expansion, continuing the story of the original game in a logical and interesting way. There's no reason at all not to give it a shot (...) when you've played the original Half-Life 2.

Overall rating: 8/10
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50 of 62 people (81%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 17, 2014
Played through the game firing 1 bullet... 11/10
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68 of 101 people (67%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Just buy it.



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28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
2 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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17 of 17 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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32 of 44 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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16 of 18 people (89%) 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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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Fantastic game.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Half Life 2 Ep. 1 came out 2 years after the release of Half Life 2. It was called Episode for a reason though. It took me 3 hrs to complete as opposed to 15 hrs Half Life 2 provided. Gameplay wise it doesn't add anything new. So the story is the only fresh thing it can deliver.
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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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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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
Not quite as good as HL2 but very much worth a go.
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4 of 4 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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19 of 35 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Pre-Release Review
Episode Three is better
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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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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Good game good story lots of action
well worth buying
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 10, 2014
Wow soo Good :D
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
Was easy, and adventureful :) Try it!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
It's basically a short expansion of Half Life 2 with more chaos.
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