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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.
GENRE DEFINING MASTERPIECEDDEMOLITOR | June 6, 2015 | See all DDEMOLITOR's reviews »
Half life 2 more than technically and graphically upgraded version of original half life, the game may not as hectic as the original one but every element of game perfectly crafted.Hl2's world design is wonderfully integrated with gameplay and never makes you bored.Also game objectives are constantly changing for example you start without any weapon then you use a boat or fight with zombies designer of hl2 really knows how to keep gameplay interesting.Pacing is also perfect.As story game prefers to tell everything on flow of game without using cutscenes.This is best way for a game imo. Technically source engine's visuals are stunning and cand still hold up to these days and hl2 is the one of first games that has one of nex generations physics of its age.Also game's system requiretments are very budget friendly works fine on low edge computers with near seventh generation consoles quality. Half life 2 is an amazing game.Every video game fan should play.
Great and Fun!Dark_Side_Moon | May 9, 2015 | See all Dark_Side_Moon's reviews »
Half-Life 2 is great game with good action and a great story to it. It may look a little dated but its still a great game to play since its very cheap now. + The story is very good and adds lots of depth, + The game looks alright but when it came out it would have been very good as there is so many details thoughout the landscape. + The voice acting is spot on and draws you in. + The music and sound effects are good but there is not much. I am going to give it a plus because what there is makes it good. Quality over quantity. + Controls are simple yet work very well which is expected. + The game is about 10 to 15 hours. It depends on if you take your time or not. + Having Steam Achievements and Trading Cards adds reply value but not much. - As I was saying there is not much reply value. There is the story and thats it. But you can do it again if you like to collect Steam Achievements. -Because the game is just story, There is just one path which you have to go. This can be okay but there is not one part were you choose two ways. Half-Life 2 is a good game and have a great story to it. I would give this game an 8 out of 10 and I would recommend it to anyone of has Steam.
Greetings Mister FreemanKingTed | April 1, 2015 | See all KingTed's reviews »
Half Life 2 is the direct sequel to the original game that started it all back in the days. Well it is “direct” only from Gordon Freeman’s perspective but it’s been years since the Black Mesa incident has occurred. The world has changed a lot. Aliens are everywhere. A new government is in charge. And rebels are trying their best to change this. That’s when Gorden enters the scene in City 17. Because of that Half Life 2 feels a lot different from its big brother. It’s less creepy and has a better, more elaborate, universe. It’s interesting to see where the story goes and what happened to characters from the first Half Life. Gameplay-wise, the game is just as good as the original. The puzzles here are focused on your new tool, the gravity gun. It’s also a valuable weapon, useful to throw things at your enemies. It’s linear game but strangely it feels vast. Unfortunately the ending is quite unsatisfying. In fact you will need to buy Episode 1 and 2 to know what comes next. It’s great game. Too bad there is no Half Life 3 at the moment.
Shows some rust, still a great gameUltraJake | Feb. 8, 2015 | See all UltraJake's reviews »
As others have stated, yes, Half-Life 2 might not be as incredible as it once was. It was so influential that many other games have taken what it did and made it their own. That being said, it is still a great game. If you've played other Source engine titles you know what the gameplay feels like; not weighty or realistic, but it still feels good. The graphics are still solid and the sound is excellent. I especially enjoyed the music, which was varied in style to fit the mood (be it tense or calm). If nothing else you owe it to yourself to experience the story which so many people have enjoyed over the years. It's just one of those obligatory games, and if you're someone who can appreciate even older titles, you're in for a treat. When it comes to my rating, I think it's important to rate games in a sort of bubble. Other games have improved on the individual elements of Half-Life 2, but as one piece, and for the time, you just can't beat it.
One of the best of all timeGmen | Jan. 7, 2015 | See all Gmen's reviews »
The mid 2000’s in my opinion was the best time for the first person shooter genre in years. The last time a game had truly innovated was probably Half-Life in the late 1990’s, and Half-Life 2 took it to the next level in 2004. Using the Source engine, HL2 has, in my opinion, always left a bit to be desired in terms of looks. There are definitely contemporary games in the era of its release, like Far Cry and Doom 3 – to an extent – that have the game beat in terms of graphical supremacy. Having said that though, the textures in the game are of fair quality. It's just the character models that could be better. However, the facial animation is practically unbeatable. But HL 2 was always on top of its game in terms of its use of technology. Neither Far Cry nor Doom 3 can match its wondrous use of physics, which had been virtually unseen in games before that time, which provide unparalleled interactivity that can't help but extend the singleplayer campaign’s longevity, even today. That and the deep story and fleshed out characters that you meet in the game as well as the unconventional architectural style of the places you find yourself in, and the truly bizarre situations you face, only help to bring you into this world. It’s a world that feels alive. It's one of the few games in history that I feel a connection to, whether it's while I'm playing it or just thinking out it. To add to this, the game has a great soundtrack that complements the emotions intended to be experienced throughout the game. Getting this game today isn't a bad idea at all. There are many mods out there for it, some of which overhaul the game's looks and update them to a more modern standard, and plenty of custom maps to play around with too. In my opinion it is still a great game.