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:
Recent:
Overwhelmingly Positive (262 reviews) - 96% of the 262 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (11,453 reviews) - 96% of the 11,453 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:
Overwhelmingly Positive (262 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (11,453 reviews)
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Calico_Starfish
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
half-life? more like half-complete game
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Requi
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Speed run in 10 minutes. ez
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Gerach
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
A masterpiece.
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[BHB] LT Hanley
( 31.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
dont like how the pistol and the machine gun looks and I dont like how you cant pick the chapters
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Gamer#1
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Gordon, PUH-LEEEEEAAAAAZE be my college professor!!!
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BrutolMotent
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Half-Life is well, quite possibly one of the best FPS games ever created. This was my favorite game during my childhood which led into Counter-Strike. Coupled with great action, detailed environments and an awesome sci-fi story nothing beats Half-Life. After all these years it's still an awesome game and is a joy to play in super high resolution and also with the included HD textures. Everyone needs to play Half-Life at least once in their lifetime, you won't be disappointed with an unforgettable story and protagonist - Gordon Freeman.
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Bluellama
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
I could go on and on about how great this game is. Just go read some other reviews.
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Neoelven2148
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Nothing incredible. A bit outdated in fact. But very much playable regardless. Worth having a go, because it will lead you to the true marvel that is Half-life 2.
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Enderbrine20031
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
There is no reason NOT to play this!
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Vegas
( 9.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
All begins from this game.
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DAŁN Z KOSMOSU
( 7.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Still waitin for hl3 ;/////
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42λndreas | Conan
( 31.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Gordon Freeman :)
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manuelcirigo
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
this game is the best game i have ever played.I highly recommend playing this game!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Misohoni
( 9.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
very fun, makes me lactate :-)
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Heisler4
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Great game. Anything I would say here probably had already been said about it.
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[G.E.W.P]AudioBirchtree
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
gaben made half life 1 then half life 2 2+1=3 HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED!!!!!!
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kenjkonrad
( 16.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Short version: good, but probably not as good as you've heard. Still get it

Long version: It's a well-made game, and it's very clever in terms of the gameplay (i.e. boss fights are a bit more complicated than in most games, you have to think around the location of the fight, not the "health" of the boss persay). The graphics are as good as they need to be, they may seem a bit dated, but they're still good. Really, my only problem with this game is that it's very gimmicky and way overhyped (I could say the same about half-life 2). Is it a great shooter? yes. One of the best of it's era? Sure. The best shooter ever? God no! I personally enjoyed games like doom and Bioshock more, because they don't try to skirt around the fun of shooting things with how "groundbreaking" they are get in the way of their fun.

General pros and Cons:

Pros:
+ It's a good shooter
+ well-done setpieces that involve the player
+ Great worldbuilding
+ Good piece of gaming history
+ Varied and interesting gamplay

Cons:
- Slow paced
- Unfair at times
- Breeds a fanbase prone to overhyping it

Worth the purchase on sale or bundled with the expansions
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Shpoble
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Like DOOM, but not.
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Professor Fluffy
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Don't you DARE let the Graphics and release date fool you, this game is glorious. Challenging, fun. Exciting, and kinda scary, this game has got to be one of my favs. BUT DONT STOP HERE!!!! Play ALL the half life games, you can't let it end here. However, I would suggest that you are experienced at FPS, cause this game is very, VERY hard. I'd recommend playing half life 2 and the episodes before this if you're not experienced at FPS.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
43 of 51 people (84%) found this review helpful
45 people found this review funny
Recommended
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Better graphics than the newest installment of cod.
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
40.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Headcrabs sound like moaning anime girls.

There is no denying. It can't just be me.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Sorry Ocarina of Time, but this is my new favorite game.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
You play as some serial killer in a research facility that runs around with a crowbar, murdering the staff, some soldiers, innocent wildlife, and even a flying fetus at the end.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
This game's got more variety than The Ed Sullivan Show. Tired of shooting aliens? Here's some Marines to shoot. Tired of shooting things? Here's some platforming. Tired of running around the corridors of a research facility? Here's some desert canyons to navigate. Tired of Earth's gravity? Here's some low-gravity alien terriain to bounce around.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Half-Life is an amazing game, however it is somewhat difficult, but the experience is quite worth it
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Half Life,the game that made FPS games look better,multiplayer where you can find some players per day and also is way more fun to play with your friends,i didnt get the story of it,i will search it on Wiki,but im playing more multiplayer than single player.
Final note:8/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Although its good, I honestly expected... more to a kickoff of a revolutionary franchise. I'd only recommend this if you are a TRUE lover of fps's like Doom, other then that, I'd perfer its sequel, Half Life 2.

Still a really good game though.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Half-Life is well, quite possibly one of the best FPS games ever created. This was my favorite game during my childhood which led into Counter-Strike. Coupled with great action, detailed environments and an awesome sci-fi story nothing beats Half-Life. After all these years it's still an awesome game and is a joy to play in super high resolution and also with the included HD textures. Everyone needs to play Half-Life at least once in their lifetime, you won't be disappointed with an unforgettable story and protagonist - Gordon Freeman.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
What can I say? It's ♥♥♥♥ing Half Life. A classic fps game that I grew up with as a kid playing it on a toaster oven. The only issue with the game is that the last area has a lot of awkward first person platforming with weird physics that breaks the pacing in an otherwise very well paced game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
npcs are dumb
loading levels glitches
good game
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Soldier: I didn't sign on for this ♥♥♥♥. Monsters, sure, but civilians? Who ordered this operation anyway?

The only reason why you should play. The end!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Don't you DARE let the Graphics and release date fool you, this game is glorious. Challenging, fun. Exciting, and kinda scary, this game has got to be one of my favs. BUT DONT STOP HERE!!!! Play ALL the half life games, you can't let it end here. However, I would suggest that you are experienced at FPS, cause this game is very, VERY hard. I'd recommend playing half life 2 and the episodes before this if you're not experienced at FPS.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Despite the fact that this game is very old... it's still a lot of fun! The game was sold on a disk and the graphics were much older, the Steam version of Half Life has the HD update. The game has a few bugs but it's an old game so deal with it!! :p
What my Friends and i have done with the game is to SpeedRun it!! My Record playing the game on Hard and as fast as i can play it without using Speed Run bugs is 3 hours 10 min. So there is alot more to do with the game!! So i suggest getting the game!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
This game is simply amazing for a game made in 1998. Its graphics are older, yes but it has been a challenging puzzle game. The storyline is also a bit easy to follow. The weapon selection is actually larger than Gmod or HL2 with up to ~15 weapons.The ending and opening scenes are also quite amazing. The only problem I found was controlling the long jump module, which is crouch-jumping. All-in-all, give it a go, its a remarkable and memorable game. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Short version: good, but probably not as good as you've heard. Still get it

Long version: It's a well-made game, and it's very clever in terms of the gameplay (i.e. boss fights are a bit more complicated than in most games, you have to think around the location of the fight, not the "health" of the boss persay). The graphics are as good as they need to be, they may seem a bit dated, but they're still good. Really, my only problem with this game is that it's very gimmicky and way overhyped (I could say the same about half-life 2). Is it a great shooter? yes. One of the best of it's era? Sure. The best shooter ever? God no! I personally enjoyed games like doom and Bioshock more, because they don't try to skirt around the fun of shooting things with how "groundbreaking" they are get in the way of their fun.

General pros and Cons:

Pros:
+ It's a good shooter
+ well-done setpieces that involve the player
+ Great worldbuilding
+ Good piece of gaming history
+ Varied and interesting gamplay

Cons:
- Slow paced
- Unfair at times
- Breeds a fanbase prone to overhyping it

Worth the purchase on sale or bundled with the expansions
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
This game got me hooked to pc-gaming.
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