Half-Life 2

Half-Life 2
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97
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$9.99
Release date
16 November 2004
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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.

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Half-Life 2 system requirements

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  • OS: Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Processor: 1.7 Ghz
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX 8.1 level Graphics Card (requires support for SSE)
  • Storage: 6500 MB available space

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Plant-Bot
Plant-Bot

Rise and shine, Mr. Freeman. Rise and shine. Not that I wish to imply you have been sleeping on the job. No one is more deserving of a rest. And all the effort in the world would have gone to waste until...well, let's just say your hour has come again. The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world. So, wake up, Mr. Freeman. Wake up and smell the ashes.

Winning Smile
Winning Smile

Story is honestly really great and gameplay is fun!
fuck those poison headcrabs.
Spoiler for the end of the game:
"Blah blah Mr. Freeman." -G-Man

Quacke
Quacke

This is THE definitive steam game. When you think of steam games, this should pop into your head. Gordon Freeman/10

Etharian
Etharian

Almost 18 years later, and it still holds up better than a lot of games today. If you are on the fence about getting this, my advice would be just get it, you won't regret it, and for 11 bucks you cold do a LOT worse.

Anonymous
Anonymous

This game is really fun, you shoot aliens and kill the combine, you should download it and catch me later i'll buy you an beer

Jesse
Jesse

I have played through the entire game. If you liked the first one but aren't sure if the second one will be for you, it will, don't worry. If you like story, this game is for you. If you like aiming with guns, this game is 1/11 for you. If you like alt fires, this game is 3/11 for you. If you don't care about how the weapons work and you just wanna have fun with them, this game is for you. Anyway, how do i say this? I LOVE THIS GAME!!!1!!!!!!11!!!!!!!111!1!!!11!

Gmodtimes
Gmodtimes

IT is a really great game and has a even better storyline. And a touch of scaryness it is a great game you really should buy! 10/10

Yannick
Yannick

a classic

and also:

It starts with one
One thing I don't know why
It doesn't even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
To explain in due time

All I know
Time is a valuable thing
Watch it fly by as the pendulum swings
Watch it count down to the end of the day
The clock ticks life away

It's so unreal
Didn't look out below
Watch the time go right out the window
Tryin' to hold on, did-didn't even know
I wasted it all just to watch you go

I kept everything inside and even though I tried
It all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually
Be a memory of a time when-

I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end, it doesn't even matter
I had to fall to lose it all
But in the end, it doesn't even matter

One thing, I don't know why
It doesn't even matter how hard you try
Keep that in mind, I designed this rhyme
To remind myself how I tried so hard

In spite of the way you were mockin' me
Acting like I was part of your property
Remembering all the times you fought with me
I'm surprised it got so far

Things aren't the way they were before
You wouldn't even recognize me anymore
Not that you knew me back then
But it all comes back to me in the end

You kept everything inside and even though I tried
It all fell apart
What it meant to me will eventually
Be a memory of a time when-

I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end, it doesn't even matter
I had to fall to lose it all
But in the end, it doesn't even matter

I've put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
There's only one thing you should know
I've put my trust in you
Pushed as far as I can go
For all this
There's only one thing you should know

I tried so hard and got so far
But in the end, it doesn't even matter
I had to fall to lose it all
But in the end, it doesn't even matter

Mewliter
Mewliter

rise and shine... mr. Freeman. Rise and shine.

Brilliant game! Seamlessly blends FPS elements with story ones. You can have your fun explosions and reckless bloodshed, and you can cry at the ending and hopelessly hope that HL3 will come out.

Also one of the best shotgun hitsounds ever! Very meaty. Very satisfying. Very nice.

minimanbeast05
minimanbeast05

ahh, a fuckin classic, now, as of writing, I don't have to much time on this version, but in total, I probably have about 100 hours on this game. this game is just a masterpiece, from an amazing story, to fun gunplay, to a totally not busted movement system allowing for near infinite speed (it totally has that and I love it), this game is a testament to games as an art form, being able to stand for almost 20 years and holding up amazingly. so for those new and old, may we all celebrate a near perfect game, and don't forget to rise and shine

L☯Fi
L☯Fi

Haven't played the Half-Life 2 games as much as Half-Life, but it's absolute classic!
Sadly VALVe stopped making games and that there's no updates in regards to Half-Life 3. GabeN has a true talent in developing games, yet it's like he feels afraid to ruin his reputation. If we live to see Half-Life 3 done by GabeN/VALVe, I'm sure it will be the best game of it's era.

1/16 STORY
🔲 No story
🔲 Not main aspect
🔲 Bad story
🔲 Average
🔲 Good
✅ It'll replace your life

2/16 GAMEPLAY
🔲 Lifeless / static
🔲 Poor UI
🔲 Average
🔲 Good
✅ Excellent

3/16 DIFFICULTY
🔲 Playing asleep
🔲 Some brain usage
✅ Easy to learn / Hard to master
🔲 Difficult
🔲 Dark Souls

4/16 GRIND
✅ Nothing to grind
🔲 Isn't necessary to progress
🔲 Average grind level
🔲 Only if you care about leaderboards/ranks
🔲 Too much grind

5/16 GAME TIME / REPLAYABILITY
🔲 Long enough for a cup of coffee
🔲 Short
🔲 Average
✅ Long
🔲 To infinity and beyond

6/16 MULTIPLAYER
✅ No multiplayer
🔲 Trashy servers
🔲 Some hiccups
🔲 Smooth and pleasant experience
🔲 Co-op
🔲 PvP
🔲 PvE

7/16 GRAPHICS
🔲 Stuck in the last century
🔲 Low Effort
🔲 Average
✅ Good
🔲 Reality 2.0

8/16 AUDIO
🔲 Earrape
🔲 Bad
🔲 Not too bad
🔲 Good
✅ Eargasm

9/16 AUDIENCE
🔲 Kids
🔲 Teens
🔲 Adults
✅ Everyone

10/16 PC REQUIREMENTS
🔲 Potato
✅ Decent
🔲 Fast
🔲 Rich boi
🔲 > NASA

11/16 PRICE
🔲 It's free!
🔲 Not recommended
🔲 Wait for sale
🔲 Worth the price
✅ Best investment ever done

12/16 FREQENT UPDATES
✅ Abandoned
🔲 Last year
🔲 Once every year
🔲 A couple per year
🔲 Every week

13/16 BUGS / CRASHES
✅ None / Not discovered
🔲 Minor bugs
🔲 Can get annoying
🔲 Frequent crashes
🔲 Complete mess

14/16 MISC
🔲 Steam Workshop
✅ Steam Trading Cards
✅ Steam Achievements
✅ Content for Steam Points Shop

15/16 {?/10}
🔲 1
🔲 2
🔲 3
🔲 4
🔲 5
🔲 6
🔲 7
🔲 8
🔲 9
✅ 10

16/16 VERDICT
✅ Recommended
🔲 Not recommended

Mr Rangbey
Mr Rangbey

It's a great game for how old it is. If you have 4$ to spear buy Half Life 2, it's gonna be a great investment.

Pepe Ventura
Pepe Ventura

What can I say about one of the best games ever made?

I was just going to test my new PC, installed the game, ran it, and then there I was once again... living Gordon Freeman's story for the 500th time, I guess.

This game is one of those franchises you finish for a lot of times and you still read about on the wiki to find out more and more!

Ace4mma
Ace4mma

*Played on the Steam Deck*

Such a gem! Runs exceptionally well on the Steam Deck! Controls work very well and the game is smooth as butter for the most part. Touch pad helps for accurate shooting. The story, graphics, and gameplay hold up so well to this day. This game hasn't aged one bit!

If you haven't, then do yourself the favor!

gametram
gametram

normally, I would call this game a generic shooter. But I had a lot of fun playing this, and is actually really REALLY good. especially for the early 2000s. This is what inspired all the generic and bad shooters, bu this one that inspired them is really really good. kinda anyoying to find the place your supposed to go to, but in the end, it dosent even matter, one thing I dont know why, it dosent even matter how hard you try, keep that in mind i designed this rhyme to explain in due time all I know

Connor
Connor

Half-Life 2 is a masterpiece FPS that combines a captivating universe with engaging level design and puzzles. The game has aged incredibly well and remains completely playable today so there should be no hesitation to enjoying one of the greatest games of all time!

bastard
bastard

the half life franchise is the greatest game series of all time, each game defines an era of gaming. a review of this game specifically for players in 2022- graphics that hold up to modern standards despite being released in 2004, great gameplay, and if you follow the lore you will find the most captivating story i think throughout all of gaming

Fika Mudom
Fika Mudom

Half-Life 2 is one of those titles which many might've heard of once in their lifes, if they have had at least access to the internet. For me personally, I always wanted to play Half-Life 2 ever since I was a small little gremlin playing minecraft on my shitty laptop with a solid framerate of 20-30 fps. So, years later, I have now gotten every achievement in the game and have managed to put out over 40+ hours into the game. What do I think?
HL2 is definitely a game that lives up to what people usually say about it. The game is something you should definitely experience if you're up for a fun shooter-dooter with a gravitational-twist. No matter how many times I replay this game, I always find something to laugh about it. Per say some funny bug or an encounter I have with a combine soldier. The magic of ragdoll physics for one.
The game mechanics are simple, and yet sufficient to everything that you will do. You can point and click, or do the sickest shit with the gravity gun. It's simple fun that only your mind can limit.
Now, what do I think of the content? The maps for one? I think the chapters are fun, some full of little secrets that you can pick out if you're a nosy person, like me. The game really introduces everything perfectly within some chapters, and lets you use things to their full potential.
The story itself was alright, I find it simple to understand, yet from time to time I felt like the pacing was a little too slow but it was manageable. There are however some things in the game that kind of soft-locked me in every now and then, like objects putting my jeep into a of death-spot, or me falling into my death every time I started loading my autosave. However, some of the bugs in the game, or the glitches can be pretty fun, too. For example, accelerated backhopping. One of the best things in this game. It is risky, deadly but god is it fun. I skipped many sections with it, bugged myself into spots with it, but come on. What can I expect from using a unintended feature? :D Or the fact that you can use objects to levitate/fly with. Both are good for speedrunning and legitimately make the game stand out.
In summary, Half-Life 2 is a great first-person-shooter with a twist to itself. I definitely will revisit this game from time to time to really mess about with its features and bugs.
Good shit valve. 8.5/10

Rileybeez
Rileybeez

---{ Graphics }---
☐ You forget what reality is
☐ Beautiful
☑ Good
☐ Decent
☐ Bad
☐ Don‘t look too long at it
☐ MS-DOS

---{ Gameplay }---
☑ Very good
☐ Good
☐ It's just gameplay
☐ Mehh
☐ Watch paint dry instead
☐ Just don't

---{ Audio }---
☐ Eargasm
☐ Very good
☑ Good
☐ Not too bad
☐ Bad
☐ I'm now deaf

---{ Audience }---
☐ Kids
☑ Teens
☐ Adults
☐ Grandma

---{ PC Requirements }---
☑ Check if you can run paint
☐ Potato
☐ Decent
☐ Fast
☐ Rich boi
☐ Ask NASA if they have a spare computer

---{ Difficulty }---
☐ Just press 'W'
☑ Easy
☐ Easy to learn / Hard to master
☐ Significant brain usage
☐ Difficult
☐ Dark Souls

---{ Grind }---
☑ Nothing to grind
☐ Only if u care about leaderboards/ranks
☐ Isn't necessary to progress
☐ Average grind level
☐ Too much grind
☐ You'll need a second life for grinding

---{ Story }---
☐ No Story
☐ Some lore
☐ Average
☐ Good
☐ Lovely
☑ It'll replace your life

---{ Game Time }---
☐ Long enough for a cup of coffee
☐ Short
☐ Average
☑ Long
☐ To infinity and beyond

---{ Price }---
☐ It's free!
☑ Worth the price
☐ If it's on sale
☐ If u have some spare money left
☐ Not recommended
☐ You could also just burn your money

---{ Bugs }---
☐ Never heard of
☐ Minor bugs
☐ Can get annoying
☐ ARK: Survival Evolved
☑ The game itself is a big terrarium for bugs

---{ ? / 10 }---
☐ 1
☐ 2
☐ 3
☐ 4
☐ 5
☐ 6
☐ 7
☑ 8
☐ 9
☐ 10

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Absolute masterpiece

toesnub
toesnub

Sometimes certain gameplay elements overstay their welcome, namely the absurdly long car part, but it is a fun and engaging experience throughout and I never got overly frustrated while playing like I did a few times during HL1

nothinking
nothinking

ive played this game longer than it says i have. played it all the time on console growing up and as a kid. this game is so great and i adore it to bits.

sinnagrib
sinnagrib

THIS GAME IS THE BEST GAME EVER, NO DOUBT

The Story Takes 20 Years After The First One, So You Dont Need To Play The First One.

The Characters Are AWESOME, And The Gameplay is So Good,

They Managed To make The Map From, Eastern Europe, To A Haunted And Forgotten Town, To A Underground Cave, To A Trainstation, And Then Back To Eastern Europe, And Then To A Futuristic Technological Place.

HOW DID THEY DO IT SO GOOD?!?!?

AND THIS WAS IN 2004!!!

JUST STOP READING THE REVIEWS AND BUY THE GAME ALREADY

Krivid
Krivid

Amazing single player game from one of my favorite single player franchises. Gameplay, story, music, all 10/10. Would recommend, love this game.

boggy
boggy

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Fry
Fry

the long legged guysuys are too scary to i use bind w "+forward; ent_remove_all npc_headcrab_poison; ent_remove_all npc_headcrab_black; ent_remove_all npc_poisonzombie; ent_remove_all npc_headcrab_fast; ent_remove_all npc_fastzombie" to get rid of them

Bathtub Weed
Bathtub Weed

pains me to think of today's generation of children who have not even heard of this magnificent game and everything else that stemmed from it

farco
farco

I am a 50 year old father, probably one of the oldest people playing this game. I am a single father to my son, who is now 14. My son recently started half life 2 and in less than a week, he had already played for over 20 hours. This was terrible for me, as it was already hard enough for me to spend time with my son, as he is always out with his friends or just watching videos on Tiktok. So i decided to make a Steam account and download this game to see if I could maybe play alongside him. I loaded into the game, looked at the menu, but I was stuck on what you where supposed to do. I asked my Son for help and he hosted a game for me to join. I loved it as it was the best time I had spent with my Son since my wife had died. This game has ever since brought my son and I closer again and now we actually spend time together outside the house as well. This game reminded me that there's fun to be had in everything, and it has brought both me and my Son many happy memories.

I_suck_Cleaner69420
I_suck_Cleaner69420

For someone who uses a non gaming laptop like myself this is the best game you could ever play, even with the graphics and model detail on High it still reaches 50-60 fps [on my laptop] as for the episodic games, Ep1 reaches about 45-55 fps and for Ep2 it reaches about 43-52 fps [again on my laptop] As for how to buy it, you should definitely buy with the Orange Box. The game as of me writing this is still one of my favorite games to revisit when bored and i hope the Half-life franchise gets more games in the future. Thank you Valve for making me not regret buying this game.

Crash Test Dummy
Crash Test Dummy

18 years on, and still a classic game with a compelling story, and smooth gameplay, that easily holds up to today. Not necessarily in the graphics department, but it's still pretty good.
Half-Life 2 is "Overwhelmingly Positive" for a reason, you should give it a try.

✛the petrol TAX✛
✛the petrol TAX✛

18 years after it's release, I finally spent 22 hours playing through this game, start to finish. What the hell can I say about it?

Well... it's great, obviously. But I still expected more. What could that be? Well... more toward the end-game. I played through the entire game on Hard difficulty, and the most memorable and challenging moments are found in the earlier chapters of the game.

By the game's midpoint, the difficulty curve has flattened out, and the challenge in terms of enemies you face and the level design seem to lose steam... get it?

Sorry. What I'm trying to say is that the later parts of the game don't introduce any new mechanics, enemies, weapons, or platforming elements... with all the twists and turns that result in a sense of exploration and discovery during the first few chapters of the game, the later stages feel like a slog. Not necessarily easy, but it's a very different kind of challenge compared to the later stages of HL1.

SPOILER ALERT: For example, the final stages inside the Citadel are a total gimme. The overcharged gravity gun is really fun to use, but besides the visuals, level design is super bland, and forego a lot of opportunity to ramp things up with the physics-based mayhem you encounter in the game's first moments. You even see a couple new types of Combine enemy in your "tour" through the Citadel, but you never actually fight them. I shoved energy balls into a portal/reactor thingy while barely having to dodge enemy gunships, and won the game on my first playthrough. Nothing compared to fighting Nihilanth.

Anyways this review is for anybody who hasn't already played, or completed this game. If you're interested in the series, definitely give it a go.

brrdrnew
brrdrnew

While I do like this game I do have a few problems with it. First I feel like the story was a major downgrade from the first game mainly because a lot of it relies on exposition and characters just blatantly telling you were to go, second the first two acts of the game are really good but the third act is a complete mess, with every single level forcing you to defend a character from braindead AI and having a really unstisfying ending. This game's strengths rely purely on it's 1st half while the 2nd half is just mediocre at best.

sex defender
sex defender

One of the best single player story games I've played. The sad thing is that there hasn't been news of a Half-Life: 3 game ever, not including Half-Life: Alyx.

Graphics and gameplay still hold up even though the game is 18 years old. I personally dislike parts of the game where theres no clear path, and in one instance i ended up wandering around for 30 minutes until i realized that one of the rebels saying "Freeman! Head for the horse!" actually meant go towards a literal statue of a horse. I was so confused , he just kept saying "Freeman! Head for the horse!". I almost cried. "WHAT DO YOU MEAN HEAD FOR THE HORSE" "PLEASE LET ME LEAVE ITS BEEN 15 DAYS IM STARVING".

All jokes aside, awesome game. Runs perfectly of most systems, even thinkpad's built in 1792 running Windows 3.1 could probably run this game.

Oh, and one more thing...

Thank you valve, for so many awesome memories and games for us to enjoy.

ShiftySky
ShiftySky

For a game from 2004, it really does hold up. It is a great successor for the previous game, and the world and environments are so interesting and immersive. I rather liked the head scratching puzzles, and while the combat did feel a little clunky and was missing some features I was more accustomed to in other games it was easy enough to get a handle on an even somewhat master. If you're gonna buy this game, I recommend getting it with some of the others games in a bundle especially on a sale because that's a great way to really dive into the series without spending much cash.

K0NZU
K0NZU

"You Don't need to read the reviews to find how GREAT this game is..."
The name 'Half-Life 2' itself is enough.

ASOwnerYT
ASOwnerYT

Great game, some parts I didnt enjoy as much and graphics are outdated but other than that very good

Jomesgianelli
Jomesgianelli

Imagine the whole island segment from RE4 put into a game, this is half life 2, play Blackmesa, 1000% better

jamdog1946
jamdog1946

very fun! definitely needs a remaster at this point, really surprised there isn't one yet due to the fact its been so long since this came out. might want to wait for a remaster since theres rumors

Kumbasica Hofer Cena
Kumbasica Hofer Cena

It is very good game and i recommend other people to play it. Engine has very good graphics, story is perfect and has a lot of lore behind. Game has very big amount of details, physics are realistic and it is sometimes dark.

Anonymous
Anonymous

pog
the story is pog
g-man is creepy
pog game
i have played every day since i got it
so you need to get it

also the white barrel is called Barry ... so call him Barry ... don't disrespect Barry ... i will know

Barry

danikbroski
danikbroski

A forgotten story that's better than any modern dystopian alien tale.

speet01
speet01

Whats not to like? Half Life and all the following episodes was and still is the pioneer of immersive world play genre styled gaming. Detailed and explorable on a level that is hard to find today. Valve set the bar many years ago and i've yet to see an equal platform. Much respect to the Valve development team. I challenge anybody who can only play though all episodes just once!

brennanwellock
brennanwellock

Half-Life 2 is one of the greatest video games for a good reason. It's amazing story, heavy action game play, graphics that were out of this world for a 2004 game, the impressive physics engine "source", and that it improves on the original game on every aspect (which was one of the best video games) were all what made and still make it into one of greatest video games ever. You definitely can make the argument that it's the greatest video game FPS ever. The only bad part about the game is the fact it ends. Half-life 2 is easily the greatest video game I have ever played so far in my life and I cannot fathom how another game will top it for me.

InsanelyLarge
InsanelyLarge

My god this game is good, still in 2022.

Intruding and sometimes vauge story that you want to know more about, great fps gameplay, dreary yet beautiful locales that fit the theme so well, and interesting mechanics strapped onto the fps to keep the game fresh level to level. That’s not even mentioning the amazing puzzles via the games physics engine. AND THE GRAVITY GUN.

Hard to believe it’s almost 20 years old. Still an amazing game by 2022 standards

Babayaga
Babayaga

this game is super amazing i hope you could continue half life 2 Episode 3

WhatTheDraw
WhatTheDraw

skip half life 1 play this instead

DommyMommy
DommyMommy

DIFFICULTY -

🔲 Just press a bunch of buttons
🔲 Easy
✅ Significant brain usage
🔲 Easy to learn / Hard to master
🔲 Difficult
🔲 Dark Souls

GRAPHICS -

🔲 MS-DOS
🔲 Awful
🔲 Bad
🔲 Will do
✅ Good (Even after almost 18 years)
🔲 Beautiful
🔲 Masterpiece

AUDIO -

🔲 Bad
🔲 Not too bad
🔲 Decent
✅ Good
🔲 Beautiful
🔲 Masterpiece

GAMEPLAY -

🔲 Bad
🔲 Okay
🔲 Nothing special
🔲 Good
✅ Very good
🔲 Try not to get addicted

AUDIENCE -

🔲 Kids
✅ Teens
✅ Adults
🔲 Everyone

STORY -
🔲 None/Not important in this game
🔲 Bad
🔲 Average
🔲 Good
✅ Great
🔲 One of the best i've had the pleasure of playing

PRICE -

🔲 Free
🔲 Cheap
🔲 Under priced
✅ Acceptable price
🔲 Overpriced
🔲 Complete waste of money

GRIND -

✅ Nothing
🔲 Only if you care about leaderboards/ranks
🔲 Isnt necessary to progress
🔲 A bit grindy sometimes
🔲 Average grind level
🔲 Too much grind
🔲 Insanity

LENGTH -

🔲 Very Short (0 - 4 hours)
✅ Short (4 - 10 hours)
🔲 Average (10-30 hours)
🔲 Long (30-50 hours) (if you go for everything in the game)
🔲 Extremely long (50-100+ hours)
🔲 No ending

FUN -

🔲 I'd rather watch paint dry
🔲 Hard to enjoy
🔲 Repetitive
🔲 Actually pretty amusing
✅ The kind of fun you'll remember
🔲 Ride of your life

REPLAYABILITY -

🔲 It's a one-time experience
🔲 Only for achievements
✅ If you wait a few months/years
🔲 tens of times
🔲 Definitely
🔲 Infinitely repayable

PC REQUIREMENTS-
🔲 Check if you can run paint
✅ Potato
🔲 Decent
🔲 Fast
🔲 Rich boi
🔲 Ask NASA if they have a spare computer

BUGS -

✅ Never heard of
🔲 Minor bugs
🔲 Can get annoying
🔲 Bugs-galore avoid at all costs

WORTH BUYING -

🔲 No
🔲 Wait for sale
✅ Yes

One of my all time favorites, great story and graphics for the time. It has good mechanics when it comes to game play.
I used Half-Life 2: Update and MMOD during this playthrough, it adds changes to the lighting, bug fixes and overall made the game more immersive. If you haven't played HL2 before I would 110% recommend it. I wish I could go back an experience it for the first time again.

Genesis05 <3
Genesis05 <3

crowbar game but the 2nd one.
crowbar 3 pls?

Die Apati
Die Apati

A CLASSIC AMONGST PC GAMING, worth playing.

Mars
Mars

My Life Got Cut In Half After Playing This Game 10/10

Collinbutgnome
Collinbutgnome

genuinely one of the best games ive ever played, so cool gorgon ferman.

demetrius demarcus bartholomew
demetrius dema…

when half-life 2: episode 2: chapter 1?

Raz
Raz

Just came out of a 16 year long coma, I can't wait to catch up on all the Half Life content I missed!

WARRIORWAZZA2003
WARRIORWAZZA2003

A game with fantastic narrative and a awesome feeling combat system one of my new favourite games despite coming out years ago

Sussy Bob
Sussy Bob

"We're not gonna go through the conventional way... Just do a drifting W-Holding diagonal-bhop around this corner, get a ramp off that surface" - DeSinc 2017

Anonymous
Anonymous

An amazing classic thats STILL great to play in 2022!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

It's a great game but Steam needs to fix the issue with the game not starting. A bunch of people in community are complaining about it. So right now, hl2, e1 and e2 won't start anymore.

Scythe
Scythe

My first experience with Half-Life 2 was on the Xbox 360 with the Orange Box. I loved and completed Portal and played Team Fortress 2 with my friends quite often, but somehow never got into playing Half-Life 2. I tried starting the game multiple times but never got into it. Years later and a new PC, I decided to buy the Half-Life bundle. I decided about 2 weeks(ish) ago that I was going to complete every Half-Life game. Half-Life 1 and the expansion packs were pretty good, but when I started Half-Life 2 again, it was different... in a good way. It went from a shooter game with a simple story, to an exploration shooter with a very different but fascinating story with great characters. You can tell that the developers did not want to be bound down by the previous game and wanted to try something new with the Half-Life franchise. I really enjoyed playing this game and I cannot wait to complete Episode 1 and Episode 2.

moonkey108
moonkey108

its 2022 and this game is still a legend

SpartianBrawler
SpartianBrawler

Fun with an interesting story.

tactical_bonk
tactical_bonk

Legit a childhood game that i will still play over and over

aloegarten ☆
aloegarten ☆

even when society has crumbled, ivy grads do not shut up about being ivy grads

Haregan
Haregan

Truly one of the greatest games ever made.

Kλli
Kλli

The right crowbar in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world.

thai1689
thai1689

This is probably my favourite ever FPS...certainly n my top 5. I played this back when the Orange Box was released and still sticks in the memory.
It has stood the test of time and still as playable as it was 18 years ago (incidently this was released in the greatest game release month all time, Nov 2004 was stacked top to bottom, google it if you don't believe me)

This has Great varied environments, great weapon variation, good pacing and does few things wrong.
The only complaints i have is at times no map marker can be a pain and tough to work out where to go (Although no where near as big an issue as Black Mesa)
The save system can also be troublesome as there were a few occasions where the auto save was rendered useless as I would be in a position of instant death or with next to zero health therefore i would save often if i were you.

On the whole I enjoyed replaying Half Life 2 and it dereves it's place in gaming folklore,

Gandanute
Gandanute

In the end, does it even matter?

Mino123456
Mino123456

Simply one of the most well-written and most beautiful game.

Axle
Axle

I think other people have written enough

stangotango
stangotango

When Gordon Freeman said "I am not a full life, for I am, a half life" and half lifed everywhere I was just in shock, bravo valve.

dcb770
dcb770

One of the best games of all time, great story and fun gameplay (most of the time). It definitely has some problems but that's to be expected from any game, especially one that is almost 20 years old.

lwebb
lwebb

Two words gravity gun. great story and great level design.

fur
fur

hey guys desinc here today we are going to backhop accelerate into your mothers vagina

heck
heck

Just a wonderful, great FPS. If you're at all interested in the genre then you've gotta play this one.

Your Demise
Your Demise

Fun game little to no glitches I highly think that everyone should play.

Rogl1k
Rogl1k

crowbar..................It's perfect

No Faux
No Faux

How could you not lol, It's literally one of the best series ever made and made gaming what it is. I'm not sure why it says 15 hours being i've played for 17 years.

réti már iáss julien
réti már iáss julien

The protagonist's voice actor did an excelent job

azck1jkh88za
azck1jkh88za

for me personally i like but for other people may be very disturbing because of the fact some buildings are soviet building and they are very depressing and ugly looking things. i mean if you're not from eastern europe this game may be depressing for you and you will probably attempt suicide after playing for more than 20 hours non-stop and don't do it if you're not from eastern europe, i am from Checnya and this game fells fun and good looking and relaxing game. I recommend it tottaly from personal point of view but i warn you its not for photoepylepsyc people because when you shoot the gun it flashes and may damage your mental health :D :( :D :( :D :( :D :( yes yes play it forever non-stop until the world colapses
Redbull gives you wiings!

NinBendo
NinBendo

ha ha gordon freeman says "___________"

Kingpigaxe
Kingpigaxe

literally the best game ever vreated

Hammerhit
Hammerhit

I liked it because I enjoyed it.

Skazzy
Skazzy

this game holds up well, even almost 20 years later

MisterOty
MisterOty

What is there that hasn't been said, The HOLE Half Life Series is amazing and this sequel to an already great existing game is amazing, the graphics for a 2004 game are way ahead of its time, if you are looking into buying this, I 100% recommend it too whoever is reading this, and thank you :)

Heisemberg (demobad)
Heisemberg (demobad)

i love the part when alyx reveals that she fucked breens dog very gud gaem 😘😘😘😘🥰😎😎😍😍😍😋☺☺☺

Noot noot
Noot noot

the most entertaining, and fun game, the story line is amazing, the levels can be confusing, but they are very well made

Root Beer addict
Root Beer addict

good story, good gameplay, great amount of fun,

Exhiler8
Exhiler8

Still one of the best games ever made.

Boutes3
Boutes3

i am in the process of deleting ravenholm from the files

Achtung!
Achtung!

An iconic masterpiece, one of the best games ever. Truly an influential magnum opus!

AdiRath
AdiRath

Rose and shone like Dr. Freeman

Artainius
Artainius

This game has aged very well and stands proudly as one of my favorite games yet

Willu
Willu

Just got around to finishing this one. It is a work of art!

dankttings
dankttings

Amazing experience definetly recommend

SINKI
SINKI

they should make the 3rd game
I hope they will soon

scrappy
scrappy

prolly one of the most fun games ive ever played

GuyK111
GuyK111

I love this game!
1: good story
2:game play
3: awesome physics
4:G-man

YOURMOM
YOURMOM

Allo gabe. Where half life 3??????????

de1k ur neighbor
de1k ur neighbor

rise and shine, mr freeman, rise and shine

krullger
krullger

Continuação de um clássico da era de ouro da Valve. Imperdível.

Bbb_128
Bbb_128

gordon freeman looks like walter hartwell white

prometheus
prometheus

Besides the game is great, the use of source engine makes it even better.
One of the best games

loganthecat545312
loganthecat545312

maybe the real half-life 2 was the friends we made along the way

D.a.r
D.a.r

half life player:
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Scorpion
Scorpion

Waiting For The Half Life 3 With Better Graphics!

AaronCyclops
AaronCyclops

Half-Life 2 is or is one of the best games ever made. It is a first person shooter game that emphasizes physics and interactivity without taking control away from the player. And that's just describing the gameplay. One of the best things about the game is the story it tells. In this game you are Gordon Freeman a Black Mesa Scientist from the first game in the series.

So, if you played the first you will love it even more! Even though this game was made in 2004 it still holds up to this day due to it's innovative gameplay and interesting story that will make science fiction fans and fps enjoyers satisfied. So, get this game if you like playing gaming history and an interesting story!

Nirvanic_Demon
Nirvanic_Demon

Just as amazing as a I remembered it, playing back on the 360.

MyNameIsChangHee
MyNameIsChangHee

Other than anything that has to do with the striders, this game was perfect

AbusedGrandpa
AbusedGrandpa

It's "Half-Life 2." It's been out for eighteen years. Need I really explain further at this point?

[IKON] PhoenixFlame101
[IKON] Phoenix…

game called me submissive and hurt my feelings

psxbgcgamer
psxbgcgamer

really good game, great story, good voice acting, and good charaters. only problem i have with it is that i can't go back into some chapters to finsh achievements.

MR_Beenz
MR_Beenz

just as gud as the first. Epikness