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Half-Life 2: Collector's Edition - PC

by Vivendi Universal
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC
Edition: Collector's
  • Limited edition DVD-ROM version of Half-Life 2
  • Exciting action and immersive storytelling with new realism
  • Player's presence affects surroundings and behaviors of others
  • Counter-Strike: Source; Half-Life: Source; Half-Life 2 prima book
  • Includes free limited-edition t-shirt, offered in men's size XL only



Product Details

Platform: PC | Edition: Collector's
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0002X7Y2C
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 12.5 x 2.2 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,926 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC | Edition: Collector's

Product Description

Half-Life 2 takes the suspense, challenge, and visceral charge of the original Half=Life and adds startling new realism and responsiveness. Half-Life 2 opens the door the a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors and even the emotins of both friends and enemies. The player picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, it's resources depleted and it's populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And alot of people he cares about are counting on him. Nothing will ever be the same.

From the Manufacturer

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: Half-Life 2. 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--people he cares about--are counting on him.

Half-Life 2 defines a new benchmark in gaming with startling realism and responsiveness. The intense, real-time gameplay is powered by Source, Valve's new proprietary engine technology, which provides major enhancements in character animation, artificial intelligence, graphics, and more.

In addition to a limited-edition DVD-ROM version of Half-Life 2, this Collector's Edition also includes:

  • Counter-Strike: Source: The next generation of the #1 online action game.
  • Half-Life: Source: A digitally remastered version of the original critically acclaimed PC game.
  • A free limited-edition T-shirt (offered in men's size XL only).
  • Half-Life 2 Prima Book: Information on character backgrounds, the making of the game, and more than 100 pieces of artwork.

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    414 of 522 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Buy the regular edition November 20, 2004
    Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Collector's
    This review is for the collectors edition only (the actual game is awesome).

    The collector's edition - quite frankly - is a rip-off!

    To make sure you understand what you are getting:

    1) Half Life 2 - The game

    2) Half Life 1 Remake using the new Source Engine

    3) Counter Strike Remake using the new Source Engine

    4) Prima Official Hint Book

    5) A T-Shirt

    The game itself is awesome, no questions asked. The remake of Half Life 1 is cool too, but you can download that for free when you buy the regular version of Half Life 2. The same is true for CS. So basically, you get a t-shirt (which is actually a nice shirt) and the prima thingy.

    The Prima book IS NOT THE STRATEGY GUIDE! Instead, it is a tiny booklet with excerps from the strategy guide and the "making of" book ("Raising the bar"). It is an advertisement for these two books at best and by itself almost completely useless.

    So basically, you are paying an extra 30 bucks for a t-shirt. Oh, but perhaps you want the nice big box? Think again! The box itself is crappy both in quality and in design. In fact, at first I thought the box got damaged and mangled during shipment, but it didn't. It just looks that bad!

    This is probalby the worst collector's edition of any game I have ever seen. It delivers little value, unless you want a t-shirt. It doesn't even have a printed game manual for crying out loud!
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    20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Notes on the Collectors Edition November 16, 2004
    Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Collector's
    This discusses the Collectors Edition of Half Life 2. If you would like to hear about how great the game is, venture to the regular boxed game, but I am going to discuss the SLOPPY PACKAGE that Vivendi Universal calls a "COLLECTORS EDITION."

    First, I would like you to know, I recieved this on the day of the Half Life 2 release, 11/16/2004. Kudos to amazon.com, they are a great company. However, I would like you to know, that another Half Life 2 "collectors edition" (aka Half Life 2 Gold) can be purchased over steam (go to [...] and download the client), for a mere 9 dollars more, and you get over 4 times the extras than this puny package.

    This sad package comes with a DVD and a t-shirt

    now tell me, what is the price of this? for a DVD with Half Life 2 on it, and a t-shirt, with the half life 2 logo. whats more rich is that once you install the game, you have to still unlock it via steam, and if the steam network is down, then good luck trying to play it right away.

    the steam gold package comes with stickers, posters, a hat, a strategy guide, a shirt, the soundtrack on cd, the entire catalog of games played on steam (including half life 1, counter strike, opposing force), and a special edition box.

    Make no mistake, this collectors edition is a complete rip off, buyer beware.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Know What You're Getting December 30, 2004
    Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Collector's
    I bought this collector's edition because I didn't see any information on how to get Half-Life: Source...I didn't realize that they'd offer you both it and Counter-Strike: Source for free when you register any version of the Half-Life 2 game. So...if you're buying it for that, don't bother. If you think you're getting a strategy guide, that's not entirely the truth, either. I was hoping to see the Prima trade paperback inside, but what you get instead is a pocket-sized book of excerpts from the guide and what looks like bits from the book "Raising the Bar", a hardcover about the making of Half-Life 2.

    The free T-shirt is just the logo, and it's only available in a men's XL.

    That said, here's the rest of the story: Half-Life 2 is an absolutely wonderful game. I cannot begin to describe how awesome it is: fun, scary, and real. Where the original game was frightening because the story was fast-paced and intense, and a lot of moments startled you, HL2 is more suspenseful and nerve-wracking because you feel more immersed in it. In any other game, running from the police in a city in broad daylight wouldn't do much for me, but here I feel frantic.

    Despite the disappointments in the packaging, I'm still kind of glad I bought the collector's edition, for the "just because" factor. Call it a "special occasion" purchase. Half-Life: Source is a huge improvement over the original game, but if you have the "High-Definition Pack" that came free with Blue Shift, it's not much different from that: don't expect it to look at all like HL2.

    One last thing: don't worry about Steam. It's not malware, it doesn't appear to be very intrusive, and I'm actually enjoying all the free goodies they offer me. Think of it less like having to activate Windows XP, and more like having a direct pipeline to the development team.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY COLLECTOR'S BOX SET November 24, 2004
    Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Collector's
    Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
    This is not a GAME review. I want to specifically comment on this EDITION of the game, which is a horrible let down. "I bought the collector's edition of the game and all I got was a lousy t-shirt" comes to mind... In fact, if that's what was on the t-shirt, it'd be an improvement. There is nothing worth the extra cash in this huge box. Compared to the amazing contents of the World of Warcraft collector's edition, which includes soundtrack, DVD, stunning full-size hardbound art book, etc., this is simply appalling. Do yourself a favor and buy the regular edition of the game (but if you buy WoW, get the collector's edition)!
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Needs more
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