Half Life 2: Episode 1

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Half-Life 2 has sold over 4 million copies worldwide, and earned over 35 Game of the Year Awards. Episode One is the first in a series of games that reveal the aftermath of Half-Life 2 and launch a journey beyond City 17. Also features two multiplayer games. Half-Life 2 not required.

Customer reviews


Not really the sequel we were expecting

lconanl | March 23, 2016 | See all lconanl's reviews »

Though much shorter in comparison to Half-Life-2, Episode One brings plenty of new things to the series, not to mention it advances the plot and sets the ground for the massive cliffhanger that is Episode Two. With the exception of the "Zombines", the are now new enemies or weapons. There is a however an addition that definitely makes the game worth it: Alyx, which was a major NPC previously that only helped in battle briefly near the end of Half-Life 2 is now your companion (and friend, not to mention potential love interest) for the entirety of the game. She is much more human than most other sidekicks in gaming and also very capable and helpful (she can do the things that you aren't allowed to, essentially). The graphics are improved (the image of City 17 in ruins is very well-done), some of the puzzles are more imaginative than ever and the finale complete with a strider battle and NPC rescue sequence (also, Barney is present in this one; too bad this is the last we see of him canonically). The soundtrack is also mostly new (which is commendable), with some tracks that are especially memorable. All in all, while not as remarkable as the rest of the games in the franchise, the high quality that the series is known for is present here as well.


A Nice Teaser of a Sequel

TheForgery | Oct. 20, 2015 | See all TheForgery's reviews »

Half-Life 2: Episode 1 continues after the cliffhanger of HL2. Several Vortigaunts rescue Gordon Freeman and Alyx from stasis. Right afterwards, the threat of an imminent explosion from the damaged citadel as a result of the climax of the earlier game looms over the protagonists. From there on, Gordon and his sidekick must ensure they have enough time to escape and survive the disordered Combine force and hostile alien lifeforms that still lurk in City 17. The only allies they have are the remaining rebel force. With that said, the story and the realistic aftermath are to be praised in this game. Though gameplay received minor tweaks, it is still solid, with the fast paced action and suspense present. While the game does end the suspense left from HL2, Episode 1 is woefully short. It can be completed within at least 5 hours. To make matters worse, the game then leaves another cliffhanger for Episode 2 to take place. Given the short length and overall lack of new content, I give the game a C for allowing fans to alleviate their wait but were then presented with more waiting for Episode 2 after being forced to deal with a short sequel.


The Next Episode

LrmNick | Sept. 7, 2015 | See all LrmNick's reviews »

After finishing Half life 2 with the gman talk, you are back in action with Alyx and Dog back in city 17, this is the shortest game of the series (not mentioning Lost Coast), but it doesn't mean the game isn't good, Alyx will show how useful she is, that you can even beat the game just shooting one bullet, the graphics and physics are the same from the first game, no new weapons were added.


The Masterpiece Returns

DDEMOLITOR | July 5, 2015 | See all DDEMOLITOR's reviews »

Hl2 episode one is first episode of valve's universally acclaimed fps hl2.Episode one isn't a lenghty game like hl2 but game really has some great moment.Games has many really fun mission designes like escorting civillians to train station and blocking antlion holes by cars.During most mission alyx's has a companion role that makes episode one different from hl2.Episode one has also some novelties like combine zombies, alyx's rollermine hack ability etc.By presentation side game has game top notch graphics and sound design like it's predecessor also some textures has better resolution. Hl2 episode one is a very enjoyable game.The short length isn’t a detractor, you’ll definitely come back to fell great atmosphere of the game.


I Play It

Mamaguevos | June 11, 2015 | See all Mamaguevos's reviews »

This game has some problems because it is divided into different episodes this Gordon Freeman is located in city 17 and must be able to overcome all those faces to go to another level, this game is a little complex but playability is fantastic and 100% is recommended for good graphics and little demand in requirements would be nice if they have the opportunity to buy the "Half Life Completed" brings all its episodes.