Half-Life 2

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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:

Key Features:

  • 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.

Customer reviews


One of the best games ever

Armannn | Nov. 29, 2015 | See all Armannn's reviews »

From Super Mario for the old Super Nintendo to Bethesda's Fallout 4, Half Life 2 remains to be in top 5 games of all times. The legendary Source Engine it's using allows you to create really epic mods without much effort. Custom maps, weapons, playermodels and so on... All that can be done much easier than by other games and their engines. HL2 is set to be the #1 game of all time. I wouldn't consider it as the best, but one of the best ever. If you have played HL1, then you MUST play HL2 as well. You don't know what you're missing.


Not "the" best game ever made

09baydas | Nov. 7, 2015 | See all 09baydas's reviews »

This game has acquired ‘legendary’ status within the PC gaming community and Half Life 3 is probably the most eagerly awaited game of all time. But my reaction when I first played this game was “meh”. I seemed to be overhyped. I didn’t play the game again for months, but then I decided to give it another chance. Half Life 2 is a game that grew on me. I suddenly found myself invested in the story and joyful when I solved its puzzles. Its mechanics have dated well, and I could easily have been fooled into believing it was made in 2008, or 2010 if its graphics were a little better. This is genuinely a must buy game, but I wouldn’t call it the best game ever made.


A Legendary Gem from More than 10 Years Ago

TheForgery | Nov. 7, 2015 | See all TheForgery's reviews »

Half-Life 2 still comes strong to play again after its release from 2004. Its incredible and engrossing to experience the atmosphere of HL2 for the first playthrough and is still recommended to play again after a break from other games, some of them which lack the high qualities of Half-Life (2). To this day, it is still revolutionary on how it introduced innovations to the gaming world at its release. The sound design is magnificent and takes players and hardcore fans to the dysotpian world of City 17 and the outside areas that are just as terrifying. Nearly no location is the same after traversing for 5 minutes and every second is filled with suspense. While it may like the game would focus only on being chased by an oppressive alien dictatorship in enclosed areas, players are introduced to the open world maps of the game. Hop on an airboat and enjoy the thrill of being chased by an enemy attack helicopter and eventually, a buggy that takes players on a tour through nearly dried coasts while still evading the Combine. The concluding parts of the game then take place in siding with the rebels in an exciting confrontation in an all-out war in City 17 and the Citadel, with a final duel. Though, despite my high opinion favoring Half-Life 2, some issues I had the game was "unskippable" "cutscenes" in which players had to stay and wait for those "scenes" to end, unlike most of the first game. Also, HL2 has a limited and mundane arsenal compared to Half-Life 1 (it originally had more weapons but they were cut in the beta, shame really). Those are the only cons I have of HL2 but they don't leave a notable dent. I give HL2 a solid A. It must be played at least once by all gamers.


The best of valve it is the Half-Life series

theanimatronicf | 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.