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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Very Positive (300 reviews) - 94% of the 300 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (11,754 reviews) - 96% of the 11,754 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
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Very Positive (300 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (11,754 reviews)
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D.r Exodium
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
game gud but source version better
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TheManOfWhy
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Don't let the old graphics fool you, this is one of the best games of all time.
Half-Life is a great Alien-Shooter game where you play as Gordon Freeman at the Black Mesa Industries. I really love this game, well, just for it's simplistically. What makes it better than other FPS, is of course; the story. That I wont spoil. There's just something about it that is amazing I just can't place my finger on it. But because it was made in 1998 it isn't flawless.
CONS:
-Pulling of items is absoulte craze, so gravity is bad.
-NPCs at times are stuipd, such as in the tutorial a Guard would not open a door (other players had the same case.)
That's pretty much it xD I haven't finished the game so I'll update.
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Dat pootis Catul Braonee Gaemur
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
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333/10
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Kougrhuntr
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Just amazing with mods very fun if in my opinion even though graphics but black mesa is a newer version for it but this is just fun
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Lowen264
( 46.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I like making people/aliens into gibs. Nothing like smacking a body into chunks that go flying everywhere or jumping off a cliff and exploding into a bloody mess.
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erhanergul
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
From the primitive first person genre debuts; into a real, rule breaker, massive game. I'm sure that Valve never thought this would change everything through history of PC gaming, but it did. It did just by it's own way; making players' lives halved.
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[DFS] HBM [AT]
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
To be honest, this game aged incredibly bad. Sure, it was an innovation back then, but now it's comparable to needle threading simulator.

Things that I like about Half Life:
*You get to shoot stuff sometimes
*Interesting weapons
*Great gameplay mechanics ("great" as in "great back in 1998")

Things I don't like about Half Life:
*Most of the time you run around not knowing what to do next
*If that's not the case, then it's basically a hallway simulator
*Interactive objects are barely distinguishable from decoration
*THREAD THE NEEDLE
*Long hallways with turrets on their end are cheap
*When there is fun, it doesn't last very long because of some frustrating ♥♥♥♥
*THREAD THE NEEDLE
*The reactor-teleporter puzzle is not fun at all. It's long, boring and you have to do everything once again when you die (which is very likely due to the radioactive everything in that level)
*I hate On a Rail. It's boring.
*I hate Power Up. It's irritating.
*When you get to control a turret, you can either only shoot three enemies or you have to shoot a door open (which again does not look any different from other unopenable doors)
*Ammo is rare. That may be a gameplay element, but c'mon, even at the end I never got some good ammo for the tau-cannon.
*THREAD THE NEEDLE
*Finding out what to do next is hard, some areas are just there to confuse the player (e.g. the laser in the same area where you get the tau-cannon. It does nothing other than teasing the player. For real, did the programmers really waste their time on a large laser system which does nothing?)
*Even on easy mode, Nihilanth's bullets do top damage, hiding behind a spike is not a good idea due to the minions he spawns. "But you can get ammo and health in the rooms Nihilanth teleports you!" Everytime I get into one of these rooms, I throw all of my backpack bombs on the ground and blast myself into orbit. I rather start all over again than dealing with this ♥♥♥♥. That's where I left, I'm not going to finish this game. I just hope Half Life 2 will do better.
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Indi388
( 24.3 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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Comet the Spanish gator
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This is a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ masterpiece in all ways, it never gets old.
Play it on hard, that's when the fun starts.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Half Life, one of the many games that "changed the game". However, no game innovated it's genre as much as Half Life. Before 1998, fps games didn't have any story, instead you simply blasted through levels to beat the game. Half Life added a story, with talking characters and all the parts of a storyline you heard in that crappy English class. Then Half Life starred a huge modding community, which produced some of Valve's biggest franchises, not to mention started up some other popular developers. After all of this, Half Life 2 came out and became the new star.

Overall Half Life is great, and I recommend it for everyone to try.

P.S: Notice how I didn't recommend Half Life: Source? Yeah don't get that ♥♥♥♥♥♥ port.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 18
A classic everyone should play at least once.
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25 of 32 people (78%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
get a life they said to me, well i didnt get a life but half one, and its a pretty good one.
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20 of 26 people (77%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
A great game about our government's inactivity about anything other than cover ups.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
The success of this game started it all for Valve. Team Fortress, Counter-Strike and countless amounts of other mods. It had become a hallmark of FPS quality for many years to come until Half-Life 2 came out to raise the bar even higher. This legendary status helps to alleviate the ravages of time the graphics have suffered. But, as any Counter-Strike player will tell you, it is not that bad considering the age of the game, it's still approachable for younger players. The game's design is very variable and interactive, which cannot be said about a myriad of modern shooters. The remarkable sound and authentic music will help to create a memorable, mysterious, sci-fi atmosphere. Xen, being the most criticized part of the game, seemed quite enjoyable to me. It offers a much needed diversion from the rest of the game, most of which takes place in steel corridors. This game represents a milestone, thanks to which a series of events lead to the creation of our beloved Steam. Praise be Half-Life, the Almighty! :)
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
297.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
What to say about Half Life.....

Okay, let me say that I originally bought the game\'s Game of the Year edition(included Team Fortress Classic) back in...... what? \'98? Early \'99 maybe? Anyway...... The hours you see logged for this game under Steam are WAY off. I didn\'t make the switch from WON to Steam until it was forced on us in 2004.

What to say about the game itself.... put simply; it\'s AMAZING! When I saw the initial opening scenes..... I was blown away.

16 years later, I\'m still playing it, and I still find it a bit of a challenge.

Half Life re-defined the FPS genre, and in such a positive way, it is still selling. It can be argued that the graphics are dated, and perhapse they are. Personally, I don\'t think so. I think they are as much a part of the game as the abilities you get as Gordon Freeman.

Half Life won over 50 Game of the Year awards, and rightly so. If you enjoy FPS games, and this game isn\'t in your collection..... GET IT! It has a great blend of action, stuff to destroy, things to make you think, and lots of hidden Easter Eggs.

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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Just like the old Days...
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Best game ive ever played
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
131.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Hey, that's pretty good
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