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1998 HALF-LIFE sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title wins more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer, and launches a franchise with more than eight million retail units sold worldwide.
NOW. By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors even the emotions of both friends and enemies.
The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people he cares about are counting on him.
The intense, real-time gameplay of Half-Life 2 is made possible only by Source®, Valve's new proprietary engine technology. Source provides major enhancements in:
Characters: Advanced facial animation system delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen. With 40 distinct facial "muscles," human characters convey the full array of human emotion, and respond to the player with fluidity and intelligence
Physics: From pebbles to water to 2-ton trucks respond as expected, as they obey the laws of mass, friction, gravity, and buoyancy.
Graphics: Source's shader-based renderer, like the one used at Pixar to create movies such as Toy Story® and Monster's, Inc.®, creates the most beautiful and realistic environments ever seen in a video game.
AI: Neither friends nor enemies charge blindly into the fray. They can assess threats, navigate tricky terrain, and fashion weapons from whatever is at hand.
The best of valve it is the Half-Life seriestheanimatronicf | Sept. 28, 2015 | See all theanimatronicf's reviews »
with the 1998 release of Half-Life valve had GoldSrc engine which was reworked from Quake engine. in 2000 they started work on reworking GoldSrc and Source was born to release Source engine valve worked the engine to be for Half-Life 2 which was leaked by a German hacker in 2002 it got critisism and was scrapped and then reworked into the game we love today now to the review half life 2 has its ideas, story and design ideas the game is one of the best FPS games and due to the release of Source 2 people wait for the Half-Life series to continue and people are waiting for Half-Life 2 port to the Source 2 engine like Half-Life was ported to Source engine back in the day So Keep Playing And Being Awesome To Valve
One of the best shooters of all time.rattleraptor02 | Sept. 7, 2015 | See all rattleraptor02's reviews »
There is no game like half life 2. The first one was fantastic, genre defining, this one gets everything that made it great and improves on it. You can see it, feel it actually, from the moment you start playing. It's definitely one of the best games I have and you should absolutely get it at this price. And if you're afraid that because it came out more than a decade ago it will feel the weight of the years? You won't notice it a bit. It's better than 99% of the junk come out recently. Yes, the graphics wouldn't be considered amazing, but they were fantastic for the time and they won't ruin your experience at all. Only tiny problem I had? The length. It definitely could be longer, but for that price and for the quality you get, it's definitely worth it. Absolutely don't miss on this game.
Rise and shine, Mr. FreemanMclovinTubby | July 23, 2015 | See all MclovinTubby's reviews »
Half-Life 2 is easily one of the best gaming sequels out there that lives up to it's hype with great story, fantastic first-person action and graphics that were ahead of it's time. It's got an interesting theme due to the world changing from the events of the first Half-Life, and treats you with a cast of great characters and enemies to face off against, adding to the excitement. 75% off for this game is a steal and for those who want to start getting into the series or into FPS gaming, this is a fantastic start.
It's...alright. Enjoyable, even. But not the best game ever.daxthevortex | July 21, 2015 | See all daxthevortex's reviews »
Most people herald this game as the second coming of their preferred messiah, but I just don't see it. The game is, like I said, enjoyable. The game runs on Valve's token engine, the Source engine, so the gunplay is nice and fluid. The Gravity Gun is fun for a while, but it seems like a gimmick later on when you have to physics puzzles with it. Speaking of physics puzzles, they aren't really well implemented or encapsulate the fun of the gunplay. They feel gimmicky. The vehicle segment are easily the worst part about the game; they control awfully, and shouldn't even be there. That said, the game's atmosphere is solid and the enemies are fun to shoot, except for the human soldiers, who seem way too OP in the early game, but in the lategame, they die like popcorn. The characters, especially your female companion, are well flushed out for the most part, but its no Bioshock Infinite. It's pretty great, but not the best game I've ever played. For this, I give it an 8.2/10.
Everybody has their idea of "BEST GAME EVER" - this is the realKamikaze92 | July 13, 2015 | See all Kamikaze92's reviews »
One of the best PC games ever made, period. More then tops the original. Great graphics but that's just the beginning of the HL 2 world. You get to be Gordon Freeman, the silent hero in the world that has been conquered by aliens in the "7 Hour War" (you can read a blurb about this on a newspaper clipping on the wall, when you get to your friend Dr Vance's (voiced by Robert Guillame of TV fame) lab...the aliens have formed a "Combine" of aliens working with human "police", your enemy through the entire huge adventure. The aliens have somehow also, prevented humans from REPRODUCING, there is not one single child in City 17, that is how scary these bastards are. This world is revealed to you bit by bit and your job is to fight your way through "City 17" accomplishing many and various objectives on your way to "the core", your missions will be explained as you go and you will visit dozens of different environments and fight dozens of enemies - human, partly human, aliens of many kinds, and even machines - with the occasional help of your attractive but tough girl accomplice, Alex (Dr Vance's daughter). None of this will make much sense until you play the game - and what a game this is! I won't reveal spoilers, but you will be truly amazed at the array of weapons and vehicles that you will get introduced to along the way, by the resistance (humans that are still fighting the combine). This is a game not to be missed, the gameplay is near perfect, almost never gets dull, with never-ending, always changing challenges and amazing new weapons and environments introduced as you go. If you've never played it, please don't miss out - there are two more stand-alone episodes that don;t require the base game to play, are equally a s good but much shorter...this though, is the one to start with, will keep you busy for hours and superior to almost any game still out there. "We don't go to Ravenholm" (except when we do, and then it's only at night, armed with lots of big circular saw blades).