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 (371 reviews) - 93% of the 371 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (11,771 reviews) - 96% of the 11,771 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
Mac OS X
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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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Recent:
Very Positive (371 reviews)
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Overwhelmingly Positive (11,771 reviews)
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wanderwoman25
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
A classic FPS. Not really my cup of tea.
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CCell #C12
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
when i play this game i feel dead inside.
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Sir Ronson
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Lets face it. What is there to say about Half-Life that hasn't been said before. I mean, this game didn't win so many 'Game of the Year' awards back in 1998 for no reason.

To put it simply, Half-Life basically defined the First Person Shooter genre. It one awards for its Artificial Intelligence, that of which was widely used in GldSrc and Source games, as well as many other game engines, and still is to this day.

Despite this, however, the game does have its fair share of bugs which can range to NPCs not doing what they're meant to and just basically glitching out. These negative points, however, are not common in games nowadays and only reflect an earlier time in gaming when such things were not so commonplace.

In conclusion, Valves debut game can be considered a masterpiece for its time without hesitation. If your a fan of old games, the FPS genre or are just looking for a new game to pick up and play, you can't go wrong with Half-Life.
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mrpropel
( 20.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Head-Crabs make me want to ♥♥♥♥ my pants, This game scares me more than actual horror games.

Old but still gold. 10/10
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I Like Trains
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
half-life 3 is crack-life campaign
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Just4HalfLife2
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
I torrented this game back in 2011... played it over and over every single day. Finaly, I bought it!

99999/10!
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Zen (CT)
( 21.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
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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Nordek
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
gg ez
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Superpan21
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Product received for free
Half-Life is the pinnacle of first-person shooters. There's no denying this classic PC game. This took top spot on WatchMojo's Top 10 First-Person Shooters of All Time, same can be said for Ten FTW's Top 10 First-Person Shooters from Machinima.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.2 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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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 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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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
11 of 11 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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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 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
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Just like the old Days...
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Best game ive ever played
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Half Life 1 is my favorite in the series, it's where it all started and I just love how immersive the game can be. The story as well is quite good and I just appreciate how the game does not take away control from you. Pick this up if you haven't played it, it's a must buy for PC intiates. Do not buy Half Life Source because that version is borked beyond recognition at this point.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
a Classic and must have from steam
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