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 (242 reviews) - 95% of the 242 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,424 reviews) - 96% of the 12,424 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 (242 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (12,424 reviews)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
74 of 83 people (89%) found this review helpful
73 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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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
8 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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
23 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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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Still waiting for Half-Life 3
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11 of 14 people (79%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) 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
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
How can I write a bad review on Half-Life?

Just please, don't make chapters like "On a rail", that's just painful.

10/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) 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 5 people (80%) 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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Big Boss
8.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
So I really wanted to play this again... but for the last time. This game has aged pretty well, and I remember playing it waaay back in the day on my sweet 200 Mhz Pentium 1... It struggled mightily. But the game is still as I remember it. Fun, challenging, humorous. It was great reliving the battle one more time. One last time.
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Alecus
10.8 hrs
Posted: September 30
Best game of the 1990's, and still one of the best games of all time.

Great puzzles, great shooting, great level design, great story.

Recommend to any true gamer.
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dankworld
1.6 hrs
Posted: September 30
Product received for free
illuminati confirmed
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npc_barney
75.3 hrs
Posted: September 30
I'm Captain Gordon Freeman of the Intergalactic House of Pancakes, ordering you to buy this game!
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☠staticfallen
1.0 hrs
Posted: September 29
first game i ever played on my own pc, scarred for life... :)~
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Comrade Bi0S
71.2 hrs
Posted: September 29
Half-life is a great game! The game is beautifully created with passion and creativity. The game play is amazing and to say it's an old game the graphics are sweet as. The story line is smashing and to be honest it can be a long game to complete unless you know what to do and how to solve the puzzles that require both skills and brain power. Over all I would rate this game 10 out of 10 (10 for being a fun game to play) I hope my review on this game has either convinced new players to play Half-Life in confidence.
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MultiScoutLike
21.5 hrs
Posted: September 29
Very Good! The Best Video Game in Half Life Ever!
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lncredibles
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 28
The good old days...
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GavinTheAmazing
34.6 hrs
Posted: September 28
Very good storyline!

10/10
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