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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (5,545 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 8, 1998

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"The classic, the one that started it all. In all its late 90's glory."

About This Game

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.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux

    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
Helpful customer reviews
57 of 65 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
What NOT TO DO in Black Mesa :
1. Do not press the alarm button under Barney's desk.
2. Do not read other people's message.
3. Do not mess up with the microwave in the kitchen.

And most IMPORTANTLY :
4. DO NOT PUSH the SAMPLE in the REACTOR!!!!!
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25 of 33 people (76%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
This game gave me headcrabs
12/10
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30 of 42 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
half life in one word 'crowbar'
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Half Life - 8.5/10

If you like shooters and not really fussed about amazing graphics, you have got to play this classic game.

The story is very good and interesting, the story starts picking up about a quarter the way through, as some things you may be wondering about but will eventually unfold as you progress through the game. The story finishes with a good ending which makes you want more, and also with a decent end boss battle. Lots of twists and turns in the story make you want to play more.

The combat is very solid and fun, with lots of various gun types and special equipment. It is also challenging at nearly all times, which is what is really good about the game, It keeps showing you new things and problems that you will have to overcome on your own. The enemies come in different shapes and sizes all unique and creative. The challenge I would say is one of the games greatest aspects as you fight for your own survival and to accomplish your goals.

Although the graphics are 16 years old it still is an amazing game, it did not bother me at all. As for it being about a 16ish year old game it is still a great shooter. The levels are interesting from closed in sections, too areas with lots of room. The game makes good use of balencing them out. There are many hidden areas which spice up the game, and little extras as you continue to play. You will face some interesting and original puzzles in the game which are really enjoyable and make you think.

In conclusion, Have a try of this game if you are into shooters or even just want to try something new. You will be most likely dying quite often, if it is hostile combatents or even hazards that pit the levels. One very slight thing however is that at sometimes things were not as clear, making me think alot and backtrack a bit. This is very minor however which I just forgot about. I enjoyed finishing this game, I just cant wait to continue it in Half Life 2 :D
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Rating: 8/10
Overview First Person Shooter


The Good:

+ 80% of the game has some fantastic level design, in fact it has some of the best level design in any FPS
game, everything just feels right.

+ The pacing in the game is near flawless, the game never relies on the same gimmick twice, and every chapter is designed around a certain concept to keep things interesting. The game offers a great mix of puzzle solving and action.

+ The game has a variety of different weapons to fit the situation at hand as well as your playstyle

+ For an old game the AI is surprisingly pretty good, granted it does get stupid sometimes but that is forgivable

+ I love the sound effects in the game. To me the music and sound effects are a big part of the Half Life experience.

The Bad:

-20% of the level design is bad, sometimes its hard to figure out where to go and some of it just doesn't make a whole lot
of sense.

-the last few chapters of the game are awful.

- I experienced numerous glitches in the game

Conclusions

Half LIfe is the father of modern FPS. Back when it was released I would have given it a 9/10 but the game for all its
strengths is starting to show its age. However given its age it still holds up better than most games and being a FPS that
means something. This game really should be experienced by everyone to see how modern FPS games came to be.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
This game is an ULTIMATE CLASSIC.
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Para aquele tempo estava bom, tem boa jogabilidade e História.

Não sou muito de Half-Life mas gostei do universo.

Recomendo
★★★
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Warning: Don't play this game while playing Halo Reach soundtrack. You'll die and cry everytime. ;-;
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Get ready to go on a totally non bias nostalgia trip son because your going on gabens WILD RIDE
Here is a list of things to expect when playing this game

>nostalgia
>a room filled with gabes faces on every wall (seriously it exsists look it up)
>praising gaben for blessing us with this game
>Thanking gaben for creating amazing lore
>having the best pontytale to date (go third person and look)
>Ai thats actually better than alot of modern games and any "indie game"
>A whole lotta fun
>no feeling of dissapointment from start to finish... this is the only game that has accomplished this.
>Watching a scientist trip a land mine and exploded into guts and killed his coworkers

called a elevator and accidentely killed three people by doing so... 11/10 would scream out "IM SORRY" again
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Well, I finally got around to playing one of the most acclaimed and infuential games of all time.

It still holds up really well and was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. I probably killed myself on ladders and grenades alone more than melon died during all of penumbra.

However, I am removing 2 stars from my review because that one guy never bought me a beer.

p.s. nokk stream fallout new vegas
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Awesome game!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
This game is a representation of what happens when you're late for work. Everything goes wrong, aliens invade Earth, nearly everyone is dead, and you end up selling your soul to a Republican at the end of it all

Still a good game though. 15/10

and there's a room with GabeN's face all over it
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
Half-Life is a FPS, but not a average FPS, this game brings in shooting and platforming at the right times, sometimes managing the jumping puzzles can be hard, even when the answer is in plain sight and hard to see, completing it feels satisfying. The game can be difficult espically at times when coming to some parts (unless your on easy) making that feel good when you complete it too. The soundtrack is a good part of this game too, and by good, I mean amazingly good. Some of my favorite songs in the game are the following: Hazardous Enviroments, Nuclear Mission Jam, Klaxon Beat, Diabolical Adrenaline Guitar, and Jungle Drums. Overall, being one of the best (and first!) Valve Software games ever, this game gets a 9/10.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Once you get used to the graphics and the feeling of the game, its actually more fun the Half Life 2.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Honestly one of the, of not, THE best game I have ever played! If you're thinking about picking this up, LISTEN TO ME AND BUY THIS GAME ALREADY!!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
My first childhood PC game. How can I not love it?
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Nostalgia.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
A classic.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Half-Life was released in 1998.
I played it in 2013 and it's still great fun.
Without a doubt one of the best FPS of all time.

P.S. Counter-Strike was originally only a mod to THIS game, so you know... have some respect.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
It was the awkward teenage years of FPSes when Half-Life came onto the scene, and now in the era of hyper-realistic graphics and interactive stories, I can't help but think that Half-Life's primitive 3D worlds captured my imagination much more. With its distinct and memorable areas, enemies, and weapons, Half-Life still stands on its own after all these years.
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