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:
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Very Positive (421 reviews) - 94% of the 421 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (11,846 reviews) - 96% of the 11,846 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 (421 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (11,846 reviews)
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︻デ╦═─ρυиιѕнєя
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
THIS GAME BLEW MY MIND WHEN IT CAME OUT!

My children will play this masterpiece.
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Max
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
First PC game I ever played, and unlike other old games; is still incredibly fun to play.
10/10 plz hl3
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Wheatley
( 11.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
I've got a message for you. Make sure you do... (gets shot and dies)
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TWB-EIZO
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
After 6 Years .
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Verkantill
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
5/5

So much nostalgy. I play it after 13 years and I remember it was so painful to beat it. Now I play it on hard and it´s a cakewalk. But truly beautiful. You must have Half Life if you love fps games. Masterpiece....
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Drozdovets
( 12.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
They just killed Cash. Now, they want to kill him again. America is full of run down, broken rust-belt towns where nobody cares and anything goes. In Carcer City, nothing matters anymore and all that's left are cheap thrills. The ultimate rush is the power to grant life and take it away, for sport.
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Broklex
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Je to dobra hra ale stratil som pri nej veľmi vela trpezlivosti a po hodine mi robili problem aj najlahšie leveli ak sa vám podarí celú hru održať aspoň 25 života tak tlieskam lebo 40 percent hry som strávil s jednym životom. Nie je ako nove hry čo vas usmernia kam ísť ale musíte si nájsť cestu aj keď je to náročne lebo niektore cesty musiete skusiť niekolko krát lebo sa tam neda hocijako dostať a musite skakať niekolko krat musite strielať niekolko krat atď. No napriklad je skvela klavesa f6 ktora vam !edykoľvek uloží hru vela zbraní ktoré časom nachádzate a multiplayer je to dobrahra ale ja by som volil radšej portal ako half life no portal ma zložitejší príbeh a zabudol som na jedno pre- môžete zo sebov zobrať strážnika(striela) alebo ho zabiť pre muníciu ale doktora aby vás healoval
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Fr1zT
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Ez Bhop Ez Life
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DJ Smokey
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
classic! nothing more to say.
MUST HAVE on your library!
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halfpro1
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
i can't believe im playing a game thats older thin me i mean i don't want to argue too much about it but ITS JUST. SO OLD the only reason i buyed it. is though out my life people just can't shut up about it i mean. yea it may have been good in the day. but to day it may as well be free instead it cost 12 dollors,.. of cause i buyed it when it was 80 percent off. so if your one of thows very rare ones like me who has int' played one of the famous t games of all time and want to get it. just to show that you've played half life and finally can say that you've played it to your friends. you could buy it but buy it when its on specal. its really over priced. and the stroy gos on for ever =]. and no one wants to play a very awful graphics game that long ;[
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
38 of 40 people (95%) found this review helpful
15 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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
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333/10
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22 of 31 people (71%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
11 of 12 people (92%) 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
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
a Classic and must have from steam
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Just like the old Days...
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7 of 7 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
Game: Half-Life
Developer and publisher: Valve Software
Released: 8 November, 1998
Genre: First-Person Shooter
Setting: 16-17 May, 2003, Black Mesa Research Facility, New Mexico, U.S.A., Earth
Spoiler-free plot summary: You play as Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist equipped with a Hazardous Environment Suit and an arsenal of military-grade weapons. After an experiment with an alien crystal goes wrong, creatures from another world begin teleporting into the facility and are attacking all humans on sight. You are tasked by your fellow scientists to travel to the other side of Black Mesa, to its Lambda Complex, in order to stop the alien invasion.

Full review: Half-Life is the first game released to be set in the Half-Life/Portal universe. It's one of the few games I keep coming back to play, and in my honest opinion, I think it's better than Half-Life 2.

Half-Life is a typical FPS of the late '90s-early '00s; linear gameplay, a variety of weapons, and puzzle-based objectives.

Half-Life can take probably 4 - 6 hours to complete, depending on how fast one usually plays an FPS; everyone has their own style. Personally, I think 4 - 6 hours is the perfect length to play this game; the environments are varied (science labs, abandoned rocket silos, the desert, an alien world), the combat is fair and fluid, the puzzles are mostly easy, and the story, or lack of, doesn't get in the way of the running-and-gunning. Though, eventually, things do get a tad repetitive, but thankfully just barely and the game finishes soon after.

A short, simple review for a short, simple game. Do I recommend buying Half-Life? Yes, especially if you're in the mood for an FPS that can entertain you for the day. For NZD$11.99, I'd wait for a sale for when this game is $5 - $6 before buying it.

Half-Life also has a third-party remake in the works called Black Mesa, which is built in the same engine as Half-Life 2. I recommend buying and playing it if you think the original Half-Life hasn't aged that well, or are one of the many people who played Half-Life 2 first and want a more familiar experience with the first Half-Life.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
one of the best FPS Games of All time
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
This game was made in 1998... and it is 2016 and it is still very fun to play!

a little bit challenging but, it is a good game, it dosent matter the graphics. it matters the history.

I want Half-Life 3.
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