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:
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Very Positive (368 reviews) - 93% of the 368 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (11,764 reviews) - 96% of the 11,764 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.

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
Customer reviews
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Recent:
Very Positive (368 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (11,764 reviews)
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珠理奈
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Literally the Dark Souls of Valve games.
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ohyeh
( 10.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
A Solid game from 1999, i pefer it to every one.
If you wanna go back in time, this is your time machine.
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D.r Exodium
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
game gud but source version better
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TheManOfWhy
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Don't let the old graphics fool you, this is one of the best games of all time.
Half-Life is a great Alien-Shooter game where you play as Gordon Freeman at the Black Mesa Industries. I really love this game, well, just for it's simplistically. What makes it better than other FPS, is of course; the story. That I wont spoil. There's just something about it that is amazing I just can't place my finger on it. But because it was made in 1998 it isn't flawless.
CONS:
-Pulling of items is absoulte craze, so gravity is bad.
-NPCs at times are stuipd, such as in the tutorial a Guard would not open a door (other players had the same case.)
That's pretty much it xD I haven't finished the game so I'll update.
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Dat pootis Catul Braonee Gaemur
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
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333/10
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Kougrhuntr
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Just amazing with mods very fun if in my opinion even though graphics but black mesa is a newer version for it but this is just fun
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Lowen264
( 46.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I like making people/aliens into gibs. Nothing like smacking a body into chunks that go flying everywhere or jumping off a cliff and exploding into a bloody mess.
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erhanergul
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
From the primitive first person genre debuts; into a real, rule breaker, massive game. I'm sure that Valve never thought this would change everything through history of PC gaming, but it did. It did just by it's own way; making players' lives halved.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Half Life, one of the many games that "changed the game". However, no game innovated it's genre as much as Half Life. Before 1998, fps games didn't have any story, instead you simply blasted through levels to beat the game. Half Life added a story, with talking characters and all the parts of a storyline you heard in that crappy English class. Then Half Life starred a huge modding community, which produced some of Valve's biggest franchises, not to mention started up some other popular developers. After all of this, Half Life 2 came out and became the new star.

Overall Half Life is great, and I recommend it for everyone to try.

P.S: Notice how I didn't recommend Half Life: Source? Yeah don't get that ♥♥♥♥♥♥ port.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 18
A classic everyone should play at least once.
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25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
32 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
get a life they said to me, well i didnt get a life but half one, and its a pretty good one.
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
The success of this game started it all for Valve. Team Fortress, Counter-Strike and countless amounts of other mods. It had become a hallmark of FPS quality for many years to come until Half-Life 2 came out to raise the bar even higher. This legendary status helps to alleviate the ravages of time the graphics have suffered. But, as any Counter-Strike player will tell you, it is not that bad considering the age of the game, it's still approachable for younger players. The game's design is very variable and interactive, which cannot be said about a myriad of modern shooters. The remarkable sound and authentic music will help to create a memorable, mysterious, sci-fi atmosphere. Xen, being the most criticized part of the game, seemed quite enjoyable to me. It offers a much needed diversion from the rest of the game, most of which takes place in steel corridors. This game represents a milestone, thanks to which a series of events lead to the creation of our beloved Steam. Praise be Half-Life, the Almighty! :)
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
A great game about our government's inactivity about anything other than cover ups.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
297.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
What to say about Half Life.....

Okay, let me say that I originally bought the game\'s Game of the Year edition(included Team Fortress Classic) back in...... what? \'98? Early \'99 maybe? Anyway...... The hours you see logged for this game under Steam are WAY off. I didn\'t make the switch from WON to Steam until it was forced on us in 2004.

What to say about the game itself.... put simply; it\'s AMAZING! When I saw the initial opening scenes..... I was blown away.

16 years later, I\'m still playing it, and I still find it a bit of a challenge.

Half Life re-defined the FPS genre, and in such a positive way, it is still selling. It can be argued that the graphics are dated, and perhapse they are. Personally, I don\'t think so. I think they are as much a part of the game as the abilities you get as Gordon Freeman.

Half Life won over 50 Game of the Year awards, and rightly so. If you enjoy FPS games, and this game isn\'t in your collection..... GET IT! It has a great blend of action, stuff to destroy, things to make you think, and lots of hidden Easter Eggs.

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Just like the old Days...
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Before I played:
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    < ⌒ヽ
   /   へ\
   /  / \\
   レ ノ   ヽ_つ
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`ノ )  Lノ
After I played:

/フフ         ム`ヽ
/ ノ)  ) ヽ
/ |  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ノ⌒(ゝ._,ノ
/ ノ⌒7⌒ヽーく  \ /
丶_ ノ 。   ノ、 。|/
   `ヽ `ー-'_人`ーノ
    丶  ̄ _人'彡)

333/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Best game ive ever played
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