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

92

Rise and shine, Mr. Freeman

MclovinTubby | 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.

82

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.

99

Everybody has their idea of "BEST GAME EVER" - this is the real

Kamikaze92 | 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).

100

GENRE DEFINING MASTERPIECE

DDEMOLITOR | 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.

80

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.