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Release Date: Jun 1, 2006

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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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nJur
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The continuation of Half-Life 2, dont forget to play it!
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Bungo
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
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Woi
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
citadel is like ♥♥♥♥ing gonna self destruct but there's still god damn combines everywhere?
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Gwossii ツ
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
A really good game, get it.
The only con with this one is that it´s too short, but the pro´s are much bigger than the cons.
Well, im off to episode two, see you there.
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Rex
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Where is the borealis?
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Dr. Prof. Baron. PhD. MD.
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I personally feel that they could have combined Episode 1 and Episode 2 into a single game, considering how short both were to Half Life 2. Still a great game, though.
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Hammurabi of Babylon
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
The Half-Life 2 episodes were meant to be a foray into a new method of game development. Instead of spending several more years making Half-Life 3, Valve would intead release smaller iterations over shorter spans of time, which would also let them refine their work as they went. Coming out two years after HL2, Episode One was a relatively understated success, with improvements made in AI and the Source engine taking the technical spotlight.

It's not nearly as long, dealing primarily with the aftermath of HL2's finale, but in the process avoids the drag that game sometimes suffered from. There's a decent variety here: the first third of the game only gives you one weapon to work with (albeit a powerful one), the second third is almost survival horror, and the final third is a roaring return to Combine-destroying action.

You're partnered the entire time with Alyx Vance, who is thankfully more helpful and humorous here than annoying, and it's with that you realize that Valve also meant Episode One to be an exercise in character development that did more than just have you stand around for 5 minutes every time an NPC opens their mouth. The game is largely a success in that department too, and Valve's signature stealth brilliance in writing manages to make her not only cool, but human.

If you're reading this, you probably already own it, but if you don't (or do and haven't played it for some reason) and were a fan of Half-Life 2, I'd say go for it. At the very least, it's a bookend between its predecessor and its more outstanding sequel, Episode Two.
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.:RoS:. FIFAsnipe2224
( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Yet another great Half-Life game!
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Liviu222
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
not as good as hl2 or 1 7/10
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Immortan Asagai
( 3.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
I would get this and episode 2 on sale, because both are incredibly short and the replay value is limited to achievments.
My opinion on the game itself? Its like an expansion pack for HL2, and I don't really have a problem with that. Its still Half-Life 2, and its still just as fun as that game. They even experiment a bit with the gravity gun in the beginning of the game. There are few new things, but the intention isn't to be a COMPLETE departure from HL2. i like to judge games by what they aim and intent to be, and then see if they go off of those goals. Episodes 1 and 2 are equally as fun as Half-Life 2, with a few new features sprinkled in that I personally found to be quite fun.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Gameplay wise - it has some great moments; including a standout section in which the player directs Alyx Vance's fire via a flashlight.

Unfortunately Valve became sloppy with this expansion pack - opening with a deus ex machina in the lazyest manner poosible.

The scripted sequences become contrived "look at this" moments with Alyx Vance spelling everything out for the player or repeating "oh my god" or in general, gasping at anything and everything to give a foiced sense of drama.

Basically - it's more Halflife 2, but not as good. It's still a great - great game. Better than 90% of shooters out there, but pales in comparison to the main game.

Would still recommend it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Half-Life 2: Episode One continues the story of Half-Life 2 with another adventure of Gordon Freeman and Alyx. The story picks up right away after the original game and offers more of the same as the original. There's nothing really new to note here besides some new enemies and a level that puts good use of the flashlight; you also have Alyx by your side the entire time - which allows for some unique gameplay, such as not firing any bullets and only using the gravity gun. Episode One is somewhat short, I was able to complete the game in ~3 hours.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Oh my god! I had never played any of HL2's sequels, but damn, have I missed a lot!
This game is epic!

It's a 3 hour long ride that's so wild and intense that makes all other action games feel dull and flat.
But... what am I talking about? There are no other action games! There's only one king, and Half-Life is his name.

A must play!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Hey, that's pretty good
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Fun. Good sequel to Half-Life 2. New enemies. Just great overall.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
this game always impresses ... good game and good story .. must play !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Ahh.. EP1... i remember when i was doing a Lets Play on it on my old PC, i nearly completed it in 1 run, while running Fraps, at the end of the boss and then my Hard Drive completly Broke, because of the long capture time of fraps, lmao
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Great gameplay, stunning story. Great game over all.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
After playing this game, and the first one, I felt a great sense of achievement, for Half Life 1 and 2 are brilliant games. Definately recommended those who haven't come to playing it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
If you have not played Half-Life 2, then go look at that right now.

Half-Life 2: Episode One continues right where Half-Life 2 left off. Like, right there, the exact same moment.

So, if you enjoyed Half-Life 2, then no doubt you will enjoy Episode One just as much. The length is considerably shorter, but paired with Half-Life 2: Episode Two, the gameplay compares nicely with the length of Half-Life 2. (Yeah, so you could look at it like Episode One and Episode 2 form Half-Life 3)

Personally I feel that the events of Half-Life 2: Episode One are lackluster in their contribution to the story, and therefore the entry in the series is mostly unnecessary. However, it does provide plentiful gameplay and puzzles, which are what we are all here for anyway.

Already this review is too long. The situation is simple: if you enjoyed Half-Life 2, then Episode One is more of the same, so get it if you feel it is worth playing.
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