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 (265 reviews) - 97% of the 265 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,399 reviews) - 96% of the 12,399 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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    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 (265 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,399 reviews)
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f1rst
1.0 hrs
Posted: September 25
Product received for free
Hi guys. I've played this game for many hours and now I wanna tell you this is the very best game in the world! I recommend ya to buy this game.
I should tell you why i like this game.
  • This game has the very best graphics!
  • This game has the very best storyline!
  • I like Gabe Newell
Okay guys, I told you all what I think about this game and now I can tell you 'GOOD-BYE MY FRIEND', see you later.
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Flubba_ (Trading)
43.4 hrs
Posted: September 24
lmao its good
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aaronfranke
27.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
This is THE classic game, it's a must-have.
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the walrus
3.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
An absolute classic.

PROS:
Good story
Nice level design
A nice balance between FPS, puzzle, and platformer. (It's like Portal and Quake had a child.)
Nice difficulty (Most of the time. I'll touch on that later.)

CONS:
Graphics that are so dated that it's almost hard to tell enemies from the ground.
REALLY ♥♥♥♥ing hard at the later stages. Seriously, Xen and Blast Pit are the most bullsh*t levels ever.

Overall, a great game. 9/10
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sc0tt10
10.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
If you haven't played Half-Life, then there's something seriously wrong with you, get it together before it's too late.
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rubenb12
5.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
it a very good game but where is half life 3
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SAITAMA
95.7 hrs
Posted: September 24
Half-Life (a k a Freeman G. "Some applications of the mount to extraterrestrial forms of life" -..... Black Mesa -1998) for today has already become a legend. Unlike a lot of climbing in the wake of "HYIP" ephemeral (not only games, but also movies, books), Half-Life popularity more than deserved. The game can be made without any outstanding solutions, but definitely the soul, a sense of proportion and attention to detail. The plot in general, stereotypical, although with original solutions. For me, Half-Life's strengths has always been the character design, attention to detail, the ability to create a general atmosphere with the help of small things. Level design is also good, although when we first met a few surprised, for example, the vast empty space of some sectors of the underground base. But it's the little things that at the general high quality of forgivable and does not even notice. Very remembered the behavior and interaction of different characters: left alone, scientists and security guards exchanged between a phrases, extraterrestrial beings talking in their own language, alien animals going about their business. Such trifles looked originally and increased presence. In my opinion, a good deal of popularity brought Half-Life that the developers have given into the hands of the players the tools and source code of the game (until the source of all .dll and .exe), which gave rise to a great variety of modifications, some of which are not inferior to the most Half- Life. The game, which, in fact, created the genre of intelligent shooter.
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jman1021
24.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
Half-Life is the best single-player FPS game I've played. Everything about this game is fantastic.

The atmosphere, the controls, the enemies, the locations, the puzzle-solving, and the weapons are all great. The game is challenging, but not too challenging. It gets progressively harder as the game goes on.

I don't have any issues with Half-Life. I think this game is a masterpiece and completely lives up to the hype. This is absolutely one of the best games I've ever played.

10/10
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SuperFortress「FFP」
7.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
Still great. if your picky with graphics get black mesa. if you like multiplayer download sven co-op it's now on steam.
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63 of 70 people (90%) found this review helpful
60 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
man goes to work, dooms all of humanity
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Basically, it's the best game made, before the best game made, was made.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Still waiting for Half-Life 3
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
The single player is superb, the multiplayer is more dead than Harambe. 9/10
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Just the best game ever(sry TF2, HL was that great even before you)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
I've been playing the game for an hour now, and I would like to give a short review.


I have to say, Half-Life is one of the best games out there in my opinion. Sure, it has crappy graphics, but that was highly expected arrount 1998, and heck, it is one of the best games out there, and the user reviews are overwhelmingly possitive!

So in conclusion, in my opinion, Half-Life is one of the best games out there, and it has been since 1998.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
This is the first game i have ever played, i feel like my life is in just one game, Half Life.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 20
wheres the steam achievements for half life, gabe?
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
The ORIGINAL MASTERPEICE! Absolutely historical legacy of epic proportions makes this a beautiful trip to the past. It has aged well, with its fantastic story, and immersive level designs.

When I was young, I remember being BLOWN AWAY playing this for the first time with my brother. I can remember all those wow moments. It really ticked all the right boxes!

My brother would search every nook and cranny, and I'd be eagar to move on and see what's round the corner! We both wanted to find everything about the story we possibly could!

Those were the days.... *sigh*
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
ok this game is actually pretty good
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