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


10 years later, this is still a masterpiece

mugaro | June 16, 2014 | See all mugaro's reviews »

At the time this game came out in 2004, the graphics, the face modeling, the gameplay were revolutionary and seen as far ahead of its time. While the graphics and what not have aged 10 years later, they did receive an update around 2010 to add achievements and put in the new engine.

But enough about graphics. This is a must own. A timeless classic for any FPS fan. It's worth playing on multiple playthroughs to see what you might have missed and catch a lot of the perception on the word "time" as its talked about in the game.

FPS games have been copying half life 2 for a decade now, and we're all still waiting for Half life 3 / Half life 2: Episode 3 now. Get in on the action, pick up the Half life anthology/collection, play through all of the single player campaigns if you haven't yet. This is not a game you want to miss.


Best FPS - it just is

Gosen | June 10, 2014 | See all Gosen's reviews »

This is a FPS game, which has everything we love games for. Atmosphere, graphics, physics, puzzles, horror moments, shooting moments, great level design as well great gameplay itself. This game is perfect, there's everything, perfectly balanced fps. Maybe the plot is not clear enough, but gameplay alone provides so much that story is not even such important. Classic.


Definition of Video Game

punisher0051 | June 6, 2014 | See all punisher0051's reviews »

Honestly speaking it will not be full long review because if you never heard of this game called very often best game ever made you had to live under a rock. In this case all i will tell you is go and buy it, even after 10 + years its still better then modern shooters that are releasing nowadays. It was ground breaking back then and nothing can beat it up to this day.

Absolutely must buy 10/10


Showed the Way Forward

AkiMatti | March 31, 2014 | See all AkiMatti's reviews »

HL2 came around at a time when fps games where stagnating a bit. It showed us how to keep it fresh by adding physics, great lip-syncing for its time and a breathtaking world made alive by the new Source engine.

There were just so many things that went right with this game I don't know where to begin. The combine was an intriguing enemy that offered many variations of enemies. Many NPCs were met along the way and many weapons which were all useful in different situations. Not to mention Gravity Gun, which was just SO cool as it was the first of its kind in fps games.

As much as could be said about the base game, there is also the side of HL2 that must be mentioned and that is the moddability. A huge array of mods have been released for the game, some as good in quality as AAA games.

But the main game has also very good replayability factor in it, still. If you have not experienced HL2 yet, I suggest you try it, if only to see where many of the tropes in this days video game genre originate from.


Possibly the best FPS made

Mooliopunk | Feb. 14, 2014 | See all Mooliopunk's reviews »

To start with, Half Life 2 is a classic game. I am sure many of you will know that it is one of the most decorated games of all time and for a good reason too. The Source engine that it runs on allows for a very fulfilling game play experience, and it has a good range in the level of difficulty within the puzzles on each chapter. To add to that, it doesn't need a super computer to run it, unlike some FPS games on the market and the graphics are good, especially when you put them all up to max. Overall 96/100