Named Game of the Year by over 50 publications, Valve's debut title blends action and adventure with award-winning technology to create a frighteningly realistic world where players must think to survive. Also includes an exciting multiplayer mode that allows you to play against friends and enemies around the world.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (278 reviews) - 97% of the 278 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,391 reviews) - 96% of the 12,391 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 8, 1998

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"Experience the game that started it all. Become Gordon Freeman as he tries to escape the aftermath of an experiment gone horribly wrong."

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Named Game of the Year by over 50 publications, Valve's debut title blends action and adventure with award-winning technology to create a frighteningly realistic world where players must think to survive. Also includes an exciting multiplayer mode that allows you to play against friends and enemies around the world.

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    Minimum: 500 mhz processor, 96mb ram, 16mb video card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: 800 mhz processor, 128mb ram, 32mb+ video card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Minimum: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3, 1GB RAM, 4GB Hard Drive Space,NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection
    Minimum: Linux Ubuntu 12.04, Dual-core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz, 1GB Memory, nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1, 4GB Hard Drive Space, OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
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.вαѕeᴅ
12.6 hrs
Posted: August 31
Well, here we are back in New Mexico on the laser corral roundin' up aliens so we can...Well, I don't know what we're gonna do with 'em.
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Gazer
49.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
Review of Half Life 1

So I always try to continue the meme of "Where is Half life 3?", but the it struck me... I haven't even played the original game and I should be ashamed of that!

I picked up the game for 3$, fired it up and instantly fell in love with it. When starting I kinda wanted to freerun the game as the mechanics felt so good. Of course they weren't realistic as the new games, but sometimes I just wish more games would be done this way( without the wobbly left right movement). AS I tried to rush the game I soon realized this game requiered some skill. So I had to be a little more strategic. I loved the storyand the monsters in the game. Sometimes I found it too easy to advance into the next chapter as some enemies were stupid like hell, most of the time I strugeled to advance(Ok, I admit. I looked up a yt tutorial).
The thing that bothered me the most was the audio quality. Now I'm no programmer, but I think they could have done better even in 1999.
Weapon handling was also a blast and found some wepons to be quite unique. To recap all of this in a sentence I would have to say: If you enjoy a game with a fine story, good weapons, bad AI and good graphics (for it's time), this is the game for you.
I somewhat enjoyed the game in the same way I enjoyed the oringinal doom. This is the game that set a new industry standard and would be a shame if you didn't have it in your library. Overall this game is a 9/10.
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brendanxwx20
5.1 hrs
Posted: August 30
i got this game yesterday and i'm glad that i did this game is super fun
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N00R M0H@MM@D
0.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
nice game
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EvGenius342
16.7 hrs
Posted: August 30
Do I even have to say something? You just have to play it to understand how good this game is.
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Freezebacon
30.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
My all time favorite FPS game. Good level layout, remarkable soundtrack, challenging enemies, good screenwrite and incredible story.
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Nils
19.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
An absolute masterpiece
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Lyalee
19.7 hrs
Posted: August 29
Didn't expect much going into it considering its age.. But its genuinely the most fun I had with a game in a while! Fast pace entertainment like we don`t see enough anymore. Totally worth the money and time!
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Ishvii
1.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
At the time this was a fantastic FPS with a story I still remember today. Great action, story and puzzles. In 2016 I probably couldn't recommend it this version. The HD remake Black Mesa would definitely be worth checking out in it's place.
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liam
1.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
I have played this game and a bit of Half Life 2 after hearing just how good these games were supposed to be however after playing through a bit of these games I really don't understand how people find this game so good to this day, sure back in 1999 I can understand why this game was good but now it really isn't, the graphics are ♥♥♥♥, voices sound ♥♥♥♥, everything just isn't good.
Yes the game was made in 1999 but it just isn't good nowadays. The story really wasn't very good and the game offered no real direction, you just run around.
My opinion on this is different to the majority of Half Life fans for a good reason, I only started playing games in around 2005 and grew up playing on an xbox 360, xbox one and PC so I am not used to these kind of graphics.
Compared to modern games which have great graphics and are very story based this game really can't beat it.
Half Life has no story worth paying attention to, the gameplay is boring and repetetive, the graphics really can't hold up to modern standards and don't forget the loved character "Gordon Freeman" has no character.
The game is ♥♥♥♥
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
Half-life was the first game that I properly remember playing. It was given to me by a friend when I was in Grade 5 and I remember playing until the first part of 'Residue Processing'. By that time, holidays were over and my friend had entered the Xen world and I was full of awe when I saw him playing in a low-gravity world with alien weapons. I decided to return back to Half-life. But alas, I had to move houses and with the passage of time and age, I somehow forgot to continue playing Half-life.

Then surprise surprise I saw the half-life pack on a steam sale. No second questions were asked and I immediately bought the pack. I had to finish this game. With its outdated graphics and linear gameplay, I wouldn't be surprised if people thought Minecraft 'looked' better than Half-life. But let me tell you, there is no other game (aside from Half-life 2) that could even come close to the brilliance of its gameplay. The storyline and the gameplay itself is revolutionary and not many games today can even compare to the shooter known as Half-life.

I shall always remember today (15th August 2016) as the day that I finally finished the original Half-life after 14 years. Thank you Valve for making the game that introduced me to the world of gaming.

I can finally sleep in peace before I move onto another masterpiece known as Half-life 2.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
You can't live your life without living half of it first - Zeno of Elea (ca. 490–430 BC)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
146.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Product received for free
Half life was the first FPS game that I played and it means a lot to me. I've played many first person shooters but nothing comes close to this one. This game is revolutionary. I've played this game six times now and it just keeps getting better the more I play it. Of course it has crappy graphics and a few bugs here and there, but such things are expected from a game made in 1999. Half life was the game that led to the creation of some very successful mods such as Counter Strike, Day of Defeat, Ricochet and team fortress. If it wasn't for the increasing popularity of this game and the mods, Steam itself wouldn't exist. This game has made some everlasting impressions in my memory and is one that I will never forget.

A must-buy for any PC gaming enthusiast, or for anyone looking for a good game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
THIS GAME SCORES [1 2 3 *4*]

It was great back then when it came out, one of those ground-breaker games that showed us what could be done in a video game. A shooter where you're not actually constantly shooting but also experience some civilized situations, like e.g. at the beginning of Doom 3, allowing a much deeper sense of immersion and role-playing.

HL is also one of the first 3D 1st person games to have scripted events. It was pretty revolutionary back then to see e.g. how a laser wandering around the room destroys equipment just when you're in the right place to witness it.

Much love went into making this game. Sometimes I believe that the actual intention/attitude somehow reflects in a work, not just the craftsmanship. See also System Shock 2 - at least that's how I explain a good portion of its magic.

If you want to play it today for the game instead of as an attempt to find out what the people back then might have experienced, play Black Mesa instead. It's a worthy remake of Half-Life.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Only wise people like this game and young and stupid dislike it.
Its a must have pc game of all time. It is Highly RECOMMENDED
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
A Physics student. Thanks to Valve, now I know where not to apply for a job. #BlackMesaIncident #PhysicistLivesMatter #ThanksObama
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
So what is Half-Life? Well it's got a simple story: You work in an underground research facility and some stuff goes wrong, unleashing aliens into the facility. You try and fight your way out to the surface but the military comes in with grunts and ninjas forcing you back undeground. There a team of scientists transports you to the alien homeworld where you kill an oversized fetus. This weird guy with a briefcase turns up and offers you a job. You accept and the game ends on a cliffhanger.

Half-Life's gameplay is set up in a way that there are no cutscenes. You are in control of Gordon Freeman from beginning to end. It's this gameplay feature that makes this game special, makes it stand out from the crowd as a revolutuionary rollercoaster of epicness. It's not all combat though, sometimes you'll have to navigate puzzles and while that may turn off some players, they're not that bad. Most of the time there will be enemies to keeps you on your toes so be careful!

This is my favourite game of all time, been playing it since I was a kid. I'd definetley recommend it to fans of FIrst-Person Shooters.

10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
One of my favorite games of all time! The start of the Half-Life and Portal Universe! I recommend getting this!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Awesome game. Difficult at times but extremely rewarding. Being able to solve every puzzle without checking a walkthhrough either. I loved every second of this game and cant wait to start Half Life 2
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny