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:
Very Positive (553 reviews) - 94% of the 553 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (12,128 reviews) - 96% of the 12,128 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."

About This Game

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
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Recent:
Very Positive (553 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (12,128 reviews)
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[O4CE] Johnjohns
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I havn't really played this, as I opted to play Black Mesa instead, but I would assume the ladder climbing is also an issue.
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Admiral Trapbar
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Got a new computer and for some reason I don't have the game anymore.
Which is sad because I was half way through it and it was bad ♥♥♥.
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☭ ƸӜƷ ☭
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This game aged very well and will still deliver. Takes nothing to run and is dirt cheap.

Half-Life is a must for all pc gamers so do yourself a favor and purchase HL and all of its sequels.
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Tracer
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
its letting me make this reiew even though i havent even bought the game. but, it is a good game. i reccomend it to anyone who can play a game with old graphics and alot of edges.
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Firebreath_
( 28.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Step into the shoes of Dr. Gordon Freeman PhD a research associate at the Black Mesa Research Facility specializing in theoretical physics and anomalous materials. After the mysterious administrator sends in an order to test a specific sample a rift is opened causing beings from another dimension to come through. The administrator is covering his tracks however, hiring the Hazardous Environment Containment Unit of the United States Marine Corps to cover it all up, killing almost everyone. Can you stop the invasion from both sides and escape to tell the world your story, or will you face the unforseen consequences.
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Daneee
( 14.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
its an ok game bbs
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You are seriously a faggot
( 16.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Half life 1 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> HALO CE
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nutellahater
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Really fun
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MiguelC001
( 12.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
It's the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ original Half-Life, what's not to love?
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Dreksov EagleOwl
( 23.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
First game I ever played and buyed on steam. A really amazing sci-fi action adventure with amazing characters, fantastic story and outstanding game play!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
82 of 125 people (66%) found this review helpful
123 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
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333/10
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38 of 52 people (73%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Somehow, i start with 100HP and this is Half-Life, i am supposed to spawn with 50HP is this a glitch help
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
Two week ago I have (for the first time ever) played the original Half-Life. For the people who don't know, Half-Life was the first game that Valve has ever released. The game started the success of Valve that resulted in many game classics and Steam (on which you are now reading this review).

Half-Life itself is a first person shooter. The big difference between Half-Life and other first person shooters is that instead of just shooting, it also has exploration parts through puzzles and platforming. What I really liked is that nothing in the game takes the control away from the player. You go through the entire game and choose what to do by yourself at any given moment. The game doesn't have cutscenes and the story is experienced through gameplay and dialogue. But you can also just walk past all the characters in the story and just continue. I really appreciated this, because if you die you don't have to listen to what you already know. That makes following the story optional, even though there is only a little bit of story given which is basically just: You work at a research lab and everything went wrong. Try to escape. Many parts of the story are mysteries you just have to figure out by yourself throughout the game. I only got annoyed once due to a scientist explaining what was already shown to me through gameplay.

The first experience of playing Half-Life felt a little bit boring. The loading for areas was really annoying, and I thought the game didn't look all that well. After a while though I got into it, and I didn't stop. Thanks to this game, I have a new insane record of non-stop playing without leaving my chair for 13.2 hours, until I completed the game. I guess that also has to do with the fact that it was my first day of my vacation, and hadn't played a game for a long while.
What makes the game so much fun is that you feel so free because nothing is told and you have to figure everything out by yourself through gameplay, which is really satisfying. I never really got stuck for a long while, because everything you find in a room has a reason to be there.

The shooting is also fun and gets even more fun over time. The only problem I had, which might just be a personal issue, is that I think the weapons were not very well balanced. For instance, I wish the shotgun did more damage to make it an instant-kill up close. What I also liked is that in the game there are enough exploration parts and different roads to take, which resulted in me knowing I haven't seen everything yet.

After I finished Half-Life I found out that Valve has updated this original version of Half-Life with better textures, sound and other stuff so that explains why it is easier to look at the old things after a while and be amazed by what Half-Life really is.

In conclusion, I can say that I still recommend playing this updated version of the original Half-Life. What makes Half-Life special is the variety of shooting, puzzle solving and platforming and the lack of hand holding throughout the story and the entire game itself. Playing through Half-Life can make you think about whether we took more steps backwards than forwards with the games nowadays.

P.S.
I will be going through the whole Half-Life series.
Here I will put links to my other Half-Life game reviews:
Half-Life: Opposing Force
Half-Life: Blue Shift

Interesting to share:
The add-on Half-Life: decay ( originally for the ps2 ) is now playable as a Half-Life mod.
Downloadable here at: moddb I played it and I have to say it is pretty descent in co-op.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
It may look old, but it's a blast from the past. You play as Gorden Freemen, a scientist, who does a science exprement for Black Mesa. But something goes wrong and a portal opens and Aliens come through. You collect weapens to help you fight Zombies, Aliens and the Milatry (If thats what it is) and reach the service to get help. But while all this is happening, yiour wearing a hazard suit that has alot of tracking devises on it, so the Milatry track you at all times.

Over all, the game has a fantasice story line, and its not just a first person shooter, but theres puzzles for you to figure out along the way. I would rate this game a 9 out of 10. Great Job Valve!
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Where it all started, great game, made it possible for us to play the games we got today. Everyone should have this in their library.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
This game came out more than 17 years ago but is still one of my favorites in terms of what you do and how fascinating the great storytelling is. This game set a ton of milestones for the game industry.

Of course its graphics are from 1998 but you can still enjoy it.

This was the first game from valve and still one of the best. You are controlling a silent protagonist named Gordon Freeman and you have to shoot your way through a very detailled world (at least for 1998).

While I much prefer the fan made game Black Mesa (you can get it on Steam aswell), you can still enjoy this game if you are tolerant of older graphics and sound. If you are a fan of older first person shooters, I recommend getting this while it is on sale.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 11
First I have to say I have played this game so many times I have lost count, why write a review of it after first playing it in 1998? well after reading daft click bait negative reviews about the game, by small few with attention issues. Ever since stepping off that train and being told have a very safe and productive day, my gaming life has never been the same since.

The legacy this game has produced can never be underestimated, from the first modded map I ever played on in TFC 1.5 to counterstrike, tf2, death match, and so much more in between. Do I really need to say anything about the contents of this game? Immersive story, enigmatic lead character, the infamous crow bar,. The fact that the story was driven along so well without the need for cut scenes. Its just a magnificent game that even today is fun to run through and explore.

If you don't own the game then buy it, if you have never played the game before then I am envious as I remember the first time playing it and being blown away, its a game that every self respecting PC gamer should own and play. Forget the negative minority of click baiter's just buy it and enjoy.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
74.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This is the greatest FPS of all time. A must own.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
This game, or as I like to call it, "A Story" This "story" inspired me to write books! To make stories! To... to be something I never thought of being! I love this game SO DAMN MUCH! can't wait till Half Life 3 ;)
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