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 (282 reviews) - 97% of the 282 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,377 reviews) - 96% of the 12,377 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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Windows
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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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Overwhelmingly Positive (282 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,377 reviews)
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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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Lesbianinchair.mp4
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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Discreet Noob
20.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
Dated but amazing fps. At this point just skip to Black Mesa unless you want a retro experience. Multiplayer is dead.
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Raptomex
7.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
Check out our video review
https://youtu.be/pf-KDaX8wYw
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P.A.T.
20.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
Still really fun and playable despite the dated graphics.
Gameplay is well paced and varied.

Play this instead of Black Mesa it's awesome (and finished...).
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J0K3R
14.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
Masterpiece, much better than Half life 3
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A Resistance Rebel
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
Great Game, Underwater, Scares, Something That Would Be In A Review.
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GoDfellas
11.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
Multiplayer is still alive,better than black ops 3

9/11
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WheatlyBix
12.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
Before playing Half-Life:
I guess i'll play it... Apparently it's supposed to be good...

After playing Half-Life:
OH MY WORD THIS IS THE BEST THING EVER OH MY GOSH BLIMEY THERE IS MAGIC STUFF GOING ON IN MY PANTS

Seriously, this is the best thing ever. Do yourself a favor a buy it, you sheep.
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Thr33Evils
10.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
One of the definitive first person shooters. Amazing environments, cool weapons, and interesting setting combine to make for an unforgettable game. Puzzles and large maps make for an appreciable amount of playtime. A must play for any true PC gamer.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
18 years after the release of this game, I feel a sudden desire to review it, as if anyone doesn't know about its acclaim already.

The videogame that marked Valve's global debut, HALF-LIFE is an absolutely genre-defining release. Fresh for its time, unique, different, and still fun, it took the PC gaming world by storm in the late 90s, with its critical praise following it greatly into the turn of the century, with a large modding community and a great engine (GoldSrc) that carried a fulfilling lifespan until the release of its successor, the dominant Source Engine.

In HALF-LIFE, you are put into the shoes of Dr. Gordon Freeman, a 27 year-old theoretical physicist working for the mysterious BLACK MESA Research Facility located in New Mexico. After an experimental test goes wrong, Gordon is found fighting for his life, defending himself from hostile alien lifeforms crossing over to Earth from the borderworld, Xen, after the experiment creates a resonance cascade, opening an interdimensional portal between planets. Gordon meets many of his colleagues along the way, struggling for their own safety against the alien forces, and eventually, the massive military unit HECU, sent to wipe out anything related to the incident. Gordon travels through numerous complexes, canyons, and worlds in his quest for survival.

But that's the special thing about Half-Life: it never feels like you're just "playing as Gordon Freeman." It feels like every action is your own. Every step, jump, and gunshot is a power that YOU hold, not just something you're telling the protagonist to do. This is a goal that Valve had set out to achieve, a goal that was realized through the use of NO protagonist dialogue, an uncommon detail in FPS games at the time. This helped breathe life into the games motto: Run, Think, Shoot, Live.

The controls are great, with the same control scheme being subsequently used in most future Valve games. The gunplay is fun, with a fair amount of weaponry, both human and alien. The atmosphere is what I truly think makes the game. It brings such a feeling of desperation, dread, and isolation that I didn't quite get in the future titles. A true "you against the world" feeling, where every corner can pose a new threat. It's such an intense feeling of cold desolation, unforgiving and eerie as every footstep echoes throughout the metallic hallways that stretch deeper into treacherous facilities.

This is a game that greatly defined my vision of what games should be. It has so much heart put into it that it's mindblowing for a debut game. There's just so much life in Half-Life that I find myself replaying it every so often to this day. Despite its look, it never grows old. It may be difficult to get into if you haven't played before, but anyone who has played it could tell you it's worth the time.

There's not enough good things that I can say about Half-Life, but it's best if you experience it and decide for yourself. While not without its flaws, this is still about as close as I can get to considering a game perfection. Everybody should give this at least one playthrough in their lifetime.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Experience the original masterpiece of a game.

Have a taste of the original first person shooter with a story completely based on scripted events, which became the catalyst for the creation of Counter Strike, The Ship, Natural Selection, and arguably Team Fortress (even though TF existed in the Quake engine before).

If you're coming from Half Life 2 and wondering how this game is different, the main difference really is that this game does not hold your ♥♥♥♥ing hand. Prepare for pure hell to be unleashed onto you as you realize that the easiest difficulty in this game is harder than the hardest difficulty in Half Life 2. Cower in fear as enemies that take a quarter of your ammunition to kill charge you from every direction. Be confused as you end up in mazes with no idea of where the ♥♥♥♥ you're supposed to go and deathtraps awaiting you if you make the wrong turn.

Oh and get to fight a giant testicle attached to a 20 foot tall armored spider.

Ultimately, if you're up to the challenge, I highly recommend this entertaining masterpiece of a game!
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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
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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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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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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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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
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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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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