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Very Positive (181 reviews) - 92% of the 181 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (4,285 reviews) - 94% of the 4,285 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

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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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"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 (181 reviews)
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PurpleFreeman
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Even though it is short (Took me about 2 hours to complete on my most recent playthrough) it is still quite enjoyable - 8/10
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teeheeman™
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Still the second one
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TOMATO
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
The story picks up right away after the original game and offers more of the same as the original,good game and good story must play !
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Big Boss
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
nice game but very short
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[O4CE] Johnjohns
( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I fell off a ladder, but a barnacle caught me so it was ok.
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Miles (Tails) Prower
( 10.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I am not gonna say, what this is bad game, but it could be better, though. It feels like, you are doing it for achievements only, not for the game itself. I did only 1 run, you can "Catch them all", if you will constantly save and won't screw in some places. But it's a bit boring, to be honest. But it's also a only a half of this. Maybe it will interesting, if you do episode 2 right after you did this episode.

My advice is grab this game only in discount (and maybe even in a pack, if you want to. It's not worth 8$ (According to SteamDB) for a half of the story.
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Not Myname
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
8 dollars for 3 hours of content. It was worth every penny.
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Grail
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Initially, this review was going to be negative and not reccomend it.

The start of the game, is not exactly endearing. It is very difficult to get immersed in what is happening, and the fact that you play Gordon Freeman again (yes, I know he is the main protagonist of the series, but he is just that - the main one). I felt that this was the perfect opportunity to play as Alyx, or Barney again. Someone other than Gordon, indeed, I was more of the mind that this game would have been more interesting if it had changed tact, and the purpose was to find Gordon after the events of Half-Life 2.

Either way, going through the opening chapter of this game was tedius. Mind-numbingly so. It was not enjoyable, it was not great storytelling and it definitely did not flow well. Alyx as an NPC Mary-Sue that offered constant exposition became annoying very very quickly. This issue with Alyx would only continue as the game progressed. Too much emphasis was placed on doing things in a buddy-cop fashion, but without the laughs associated with that genre.

The game didn't get too much better for a while. The reliance on the game to pair you up with Alyx had many of the same issues that you got with Half-Life 2 and the squads, they would constantly get in your way. And Alyx would do that with a repetitive glee that could only be described as malicious. I also found that this game seemed buggier than Half-Life 2 in that you could get caught on so much more debris.

The game also has a predisposition to clunky gameplay, revisitng many of the poorer elements used in the series, such as platforming and un-inspired puzzles. But at least you can still shoot things up with the SMG, Pulse Rifle and Crossbow.

However, the game did start picking up once you got to the final chapter and met up with an old friend again. I believe that this sequence and the final mini-boss fight at the end were the saving grace of Half-Life 2: Episode One. They raised the score of the game enough for me to recommend this game. Unfortunately, though, whilst it tips the scales on the fun side, this game did not enhance the lore of the series.

3/5 - only get if on special.
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Joshua
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Another good game from the HL Series. Not as good as HL2, because it's basically the same as HL2, but shorter. I rate this at 8.5/10. Still worth getting.
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BigFlow-01
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
It's Half-Life
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
9 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Probably the weakest game in the Half-Life 2 trilogy but still really good.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
As much as I like ALL the Half Life games (and especially HL2 + both episodes), this is THE best game in the series, albeit the shortest. This is the definition of action, immersion and atmosphere.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
It's quite short, but enjoyable. 9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
very good game, i love it!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
VERY GODD GAME
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Played it a lot on my old account. Had to buy it once again and try it in 2K with maxed out settings while waiting for the next Half-Life
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