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


You must play this!

Riscas21 | Nov. 14, 2014 | See all Riscas21's reviews »

This is an awesome game, just completely awesome, everything here is great! It's a 2004 game, but it's still an amazing experience when you play it for the first time, mainly because the gameplay is very addictive and cool. This is one of the best games I've ever played on my life, I only didnt like the big amount of puzzles on the game, but it's not a big problem. I have nothing left to say, what are you waiting for? Buy this awesome classic! ;)


One of a Kind...

SparkWave | Oct. 15, 2014 | See all SparkWave's reviews »

This game came out about 10 years ago, and it still thrives as an amazing fps-shooter. For its time, Half-Life is amazing with its brilliance and out of the box thinking. The story line formed well with Half-Life 1, and it instantly gained thumbs up for its smooth game play. Personally, I've been playing Half-Life for many years, and it never seems to get boring. Half-Life is brilliantly designed and executed the game very well. Overall, Half-Life is an excellent fps-shooter and it is highly recommended!


Great for warm fuzzies, not great if you play newer games before

BlockAgent | Sept. 23, 2014 | See all BlockAgent's reviews »

Half-life 2 is a game a just recently tried because of how much long-time pc gamers constantly talk about how amazing it is. I never played it when it first came out and I have played tons of games since that date. Because of that, half-life 2 seemed boring to me and was nothing I had not scene a thousand times before, but done better in other games. To Half-life 2's credit, when it came out, a lot of this stuff had never been done before, or at least not like this. It was truly innovative. So for those who played it when it first came out, 100% buy this game to have the warm fuzzies. But for those who have not played it but have played modern games, this game will seem like nothing special. You will feel like Half life 2 takes you down narrow corridors with gameplay that is extremely linear and that the physics are awful and completely unrealistic. The graphics now feel dated, but aren't too bad. The sound is kind of bad but i'm sure was great back then. So this isn't a bad review for the game, just a not so great review of a play through by a gamer who never played it when it was really something that stood out.


A not-so-old classic

Fourclops | Sept. 1, 2014 | See all Fourclops's reviews »

HL2 is a sci-fi FPS like no other. It has a really great narrative and it actually catches the player's interest from the very beginning. Instead of nonsense violence, you get a well thought game with various scenarios where you gotta think to make that violence help you get through. All in all, an amazing game and a great adition to anyones library.


One of the best games ever made

Gagi114 | Aug. 22, 2014 | See all Gagi114's reviews »

Half Life 2 is a FPS which I believe shaped the genre. It is an amazing, well-made game and I would definitely recommend it to you. You are Gordon Freeman, a rebel fighting the system. He's got a deep background which makes story of HL2 so amazing. If you overlook the kinda old rusty graphics, I am sure you will enjoy this game.