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Very Positive (119 reviews) - 94% of the 119 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,397 reviews) - 94% of the 4,397 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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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

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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
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Very Positive (119 reviews)
Overall:
Very Positive (4,397 reviews)
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BruJV
29.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
The best of three episodes.
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Discreet Noob
6.5 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 28
Great continuation of the story but ends too quickly.
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Bean Bean Mr. Clean Hashbriwn
4.0 hrs
Posted: August 28
Better than First
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✪ I know who ARE you !!!
7.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Nice game :D
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foolofatook
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 28
Short is sweet is what can be said for this sequel. I found this sequel to be a good combination of puzzles, action, graphics and story.

Try this game for yourself. I bought this game in 2015 as a part of Half-Life Bundle during the sale.
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NearvasH
5.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
9.5/10 rating from my side.
They should have expanded on the dark tunnels. The overall game play is a bit short. But other than that it's amazing!

Half-Life 2: Episode One is the first of a series of stand-alone episodes based on HL2, the popular and acclaimed shooter epic. This episode takes place right after the events in HL2, as Gordon and Alyx flee from City 17, fighting against creatures who were previous blocked from entering the city. The Citadel you assaulted in HL2 is tumbling into chaos, and this event will have catastrophic effects on the surrounding area, prompting your escape.

Yet again we need to see Half life 3!!!


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gala_pichon 2.0
7.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
Its good, but its the worst on the franchise
only buy this if its incuded on a pack or its in a discount
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Ishvii
5.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
Episode 1 picks up where HL2 ended and follows the story of the escape from City 17. The sound is excellent, and it's action packed. Unfortunately it's fairly short at 5 hours long, but definitely still a must play.
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Kamikaze Failure Javi
3.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
What a master-piece, seriously, I have no words to exprese what I feel about this game!

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žžžđđđđčččššćššč
3.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
Good but episode two is much better.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
30.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Half-Life 2: Episode One begine right where Half-Life 2 ended, and continues the story of Dr.Gordon Freeman in City 17, however, this time, the priority remains to escape the city following the events of Half-Life 2.

With updated lighting and AI for deuteragonist Alyx Vance, and expanded usage for the Gravity Gun, Half-Life 2: Episode One continues Half-Life 2's usage of advanced graphics, physics, music and writing to create a game that is both rich in gameplay, plot, and emotion. Like its predecessor, it uses training techniques to allow for a more fluid experience, and utilizes the game's physics engine to a full. With excellent performances by its cast, it's able to greatly explain the story of Gordon and Alyx escaping City 17.

With an excellent soundtrack composed by Kelly Bailey, the game becomes even more action packed, and the act of blasting zombies in an infected hospital with a shotgun becomes far more enjoyable, and the scene of fighting infected Combine soldiers in the underground becomes more threatening.

The game also includes Developer commentary in the form of a commentary mode that allows the players to listen to the developers' thoughts on everything from map design to character and scene writing, and includes all variant of Valve Employee sharing their thoughts on the game.

If I had to say I had any issues with the game, I'd have to say that it's fairly short, while Half-Life 2 is around 12-15 hours long, Episode One is around 5 hours long. That's not to say it's a bad game for that, though, as the story and game runs at a certain pace that allows for it to be enjoyed to the fullest; Replaying the game with the knowledge of how short it is doesn't damage or reduce the enjoyment of playing it, as Valve injects a great deal of fun into the game so there aren't many moments or time that is wasted, and every minute is used to its fullest.

If you enjoyed Half-Life 2, and want more, I greatly suggest you buy the Half-Life Complete Steam bundle, preferably during a Steam Seasonal Sale. The bundle consists of this game and every other Valve-released Half-Life title, and is an essential for a fan of Half-Life.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Don't call yourself a Gamer if you didn't play Half-Life.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
hi my name's ryoni and i'm a community leader (check the badge) and i can honestly say that if you want to be more like me you should definitely play this game.

it will help you succeed in life and maybe one day you too can be a leader

edited: language
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
episode 1 is episode fun
you get to episode run with your episode gravity gun

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Episode 1 picks up where HL2 ended and follows the story of the escape from City 17. The sound is excellent, and it's action packed. Unfortunately it's fairly short at 5 hours long, but definitely still a must play.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
What a master-piece, seriously, I have no words to exprese what I feel about this game!

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Its good, but its the worst on the franchise
only buy this if its incuded on a pack or its in a discount
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
The best of three episodes.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
233 of 263 people (89%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2011
the exciting prequel to half life 2 episode 2
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