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 (8,736 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 8, 1998

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Includes 4 items: Half-Life, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Team Fortress Classic

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Includes 10 items: Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Half-Life: Source, Team Fortress Classic

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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."

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
123 of 131 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
Even after 17 years the game came out, its still worth every minute you spend in the game.
don't be afraid of outdated graphics/physics, this game is a badass.
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38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
Pure Nostaglia!

This game started it all. From the "Hail Lord Gaben" to "Half Life 3 confirmed?" to the memes about "what would happen if Gordon Freeman would've talked" to the countless fan-made movies, mods, art and so much more! This game put Valve on the map with a big star.

You are scientist Gordon Freeman, working at the Black Mesa Research Facility (In our world consider it to be the science-fiction version of Area-51) where you are caught in a freaky lab accident that pratically descended the entire facility into not only a hell-hole but also a warzone. Work your way through the facility with the help of your fellow personal as you fight off these alien creatures from the borderworld of Xen, and also the Military Clean Up crew.

The only slight errors this time around are, once again the mouse senstivity (adjust that to 1.0) and the Gamma (send that dial on to low) also note apply these to Blue Shift and Opposing Force (If you think it's best, however).

the Mulitplayer servers are still active although it might be hard to get into some of them. But it shouldn't be a big deal.

Other than that. If you want to play the game that started it all. Get. This. Game. I highly recommend it!
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53 of 78 people (68%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Classic game!
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
You are Gordon Freeman, you are working at Black Mesa, you come to the test, and the test going wrong. And you get crowbar for an adventure....

This game is great, reminds me to my brother played this.. from a long time...

If you haven't tried it, try it now!

11/10 - The best game i ever played.
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
95.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
Half-Life is one of the most influential games and many of us have played our fair share of it's modifications like the original Counter-Strike and many more. It surely is an important game and many refer to it as the best game ever made, but Half-Life does have it's flaws as well. I'll start off with the positive.

Most of the games at the time didn't have much depth in the story. Mainly you simply had to run and shoot and the story felt irrelevant, but in Half-Life it was different. The story is quite the usual - an experiment goes wrong and it creates a portal to another planet which allows hostile aliens to go through. Eventhough it seems nothing much, you can always feel that there's more depth put into the story. The pacing is perfect and the world you are playing in is still interesting to look at. The level design is amazing and it does hold up today, even if some of the levels may feel a bit too long. All of the weapons are unique and have use for them. All of them are useful in certain situations. There's also a big variety on how to defeat your enemy.

The multi-player is still being played today and you'll be able to find servers, but I'd suggest looking up servers on internet, since there's a bigger choice. Multi-player is a fast-paced deathmatch which reaquires a lot of skill and patience. Concept is pretty simple, but actually getting good at it is hard. Maps are well designed and it's still a fun experience, but I'd suggest finishing the story first, because it's where the real beauty of the game is.

So, there aren't many things to say about Half-Life's flaws. One of the biggest issues is that the soldiers will most likely hit you most of the time, because they are not designed to miss their shots as much. You have to kill them as fast as possible, just so you won't catch as many bullets. On the other hand, other enemies don't do this. Another thing I mentioned before is that the levels drag on too much sometimes. Some of the levels feel too long and it might be a little irritating if you are playing the first time. The levels where you have to jump on platforms aren't something I'd like to play through either, but hey, maybe you enjoy that.

Overall, Half-Life still holds up today despite it's age and I can see why people, including me, still play it and it's mods today. If you can't decide whether you'd pick Half-Life or Half-Life: Source, I'd say that you should definitely go for the original. The new gun models, textures etc. doesn't make the game feel balanced. It's like your stuck between and old and a new game. Also, Source version does not have as many mods, so go for the original.
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