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Half-Life

by Valve
PlayStation2
Mature
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews) 87 / 100

Price: $75.00
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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Multiplayer Game Modes Co-Op, Free-for-all. Memory Card - 500 KB

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  • ASIN: B00005ME8S
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,622 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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Originally released in 1998, the PC version of Half-Life changed first-person shooters forever by proving that a compelling story can be told within the genre. Prior to the game's release, first-person shooters were mindless action games. Half-Life, while containing its fair share of action, also contained plenty of exploration, puzzle, and story elements. Now released as a PlayStation2 game, Half-Life has never looked or played better. This version contains the outstanding single-player story mode, as well as a few new ones. While the new additions aren't so great, the story mode is one of the best escapades available on the PS2.

The game follows the adventures of Gordon Freeman, a young research associate at the Black Mesa Federal Research Facility. A typical day at the office goes completely awry as numerous alien life forms invade the facility. The fate of the facility, and quite possibly the world, is in the hands of an unlikely hero.

The graphics here trump the original's (understandable, as more than three years have passed). The character models have four times as many polygons, as well as smoother textures and animations. The sound is also very good, with some of the funniest voice acting yet heard in a game. Of course, the single-player gameplay is excellent, thanks to some very well-developed enemy artificial intelligence.

Unfortunately, the new modes aren't nearly as brilliant. Decay, the new cooperative mode, seems like an afterthought and pales in comparison to the cooperative modes in Perfect Dark and Halo. Deathmatches only support two players, which is incredibly lame considering many PS2 first-person shooters support four. Despite these flawed modes, the single-player story is so superb that it totally warrants a purchase. --Raymond M. Padilla

Pros:

  • Greatly improved graphics from the original
  • Excellent storytelling, especially for the genre
  • Strong enemy artificial intelligence
Cons:
  • Cooperative mode is dull
  • Deathmatch only supports 2 players

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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good game October 31, 2001
Let me tell you a little secret:I never finished half life on the PC.I know it's sacrilegious,but hey,it was the fall of 1998,and my consoles were calling to me with stuff like Xelda and Metal Gear Solid.Now,revisiting HL on the PS2,i'm reminded of just how amazing this game is.Although it's looking a little outdated in the graphics department {even with the upgraded PS2 visuals}, HL can still hold its own against prettier newcomers like Red Faction.The saving grace here isn't how good the story is {it's rather cliche actually},but rather how well it unfolds in the context of the game.You're never at a loss for where to go next.Sure, the lecels are ultimately linear in design,But none of the areas feel contrived or unnatural.It's also one of those games loaded with a ton of cool moments.Trust me,no amount of hyperbole on my part can prepare you for the shiver inducing stuff you'll see in some of the later levels.Believe it,HL's single player experience is unrivaled.In multiplayer,however ,HL is a disappointment.Decay,the two player co op mode is too short,and with its head to head and weapon modelsin two player head to head and weapon models in two player splitscreen only further hampers the deathmatch experience.Despite these heart breaking shortcomings,i can honestly say i had more fun playing HL on the PS2 this month than i ever did on my PC three years ago.And yes,i finished it this time.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good game-will ALWAYS BE a good game. January 9, 2002
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Half-Life is unquestionably the best game on ANY platform ever made and no one can possibly deny it. It has gotten over 50 awards from a bunch of different publishers and companies, and PCgamer rated it "The best PC game EVER!" And I totally agree. When I first got this game for the PC I was inspired. Yes, the game is so inspiring in every way when it comes to graphics and fun factor and everything else that this game makes me wish I could create something this spectacular. I have a new urge to take on a career to make stuff like this, all because of this little CD by VALVE and GEARBOX.
People new to the game need to get a better understanding of Half-life's wonderful factors, so I will tell some. This is one of the first shooters that was written by an author, which means it actually HAS an interesting story. In Half-Life, you do not just play the game, you FEEL it. Every event and "level" has some importance to the deep tale being told. The artificial intelligance is so spectacular that they will speak, help, and interact to you, and they always do at least something new, each time you play the game. I don't want to go too in-depth ABOUT the game because I'm sure some other people have already explained it, but I will tell you why it is very important to buy the Playstation 2 version over the PC version, even though it's a bit more expensive.
Using the powerful Playstation 2 hardware, the characters are actually smarter than on the PC. I'm not lying, either. I have both versions and the difference between interaction is a million times better, plus your foes make better decisions to take you down. One time, I was playing the PC version, and ten military soldiers were gunning me down. I dove through a door and pushed a box in front of it.
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39 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy Playstation 2 game August 21, 2001
My brother works for Valve software (the people who made Half-Life) and I got to test this item myself. This is the best game for the Playstation 2 so far I would say. The controls are remarcable compared to the PC version. But, if you liked the original controls with the keyboard and the mouse, you'll love this. Half-Life supportes the USB ports. So hook up your mouse and keyboard and get playing!
The graphics are also stunning on this game. They are enhanced very much from the PC version. And, if your concerned about the framerate, no fear, it runs as smooth as silk.
There's also a multi-player mode and a co-op mode on Half-life, so you can compete against your friends in a deathmatch, or try and get place back to normal by fighting side-by-side.
I gave this a 5/5 because... IT'S THE BEST FREAKIN' GAME FOR THE PS2 YET!!! If you liked the original, you'll love this one.With totally revised graphics, and new multi-player mode, this is a must buy for the playstation 2.
(there's also a rumor around valve about online play)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for a while, but gets old eventually. July 17, 2006
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Keep in mind I'm writing this review from the perspective of somebody that played the game in the last six months, and not when it first came out. Back then first person shooters (FPS) weren't all the deep in the story department and most of the time players just saw the "storyline" as something getting in the way of shooting anything that moves Half Life came onto the scene with radically new thinking on several fronts.

The biggest one was intelligent enemies. There was more artificial intelligence put into your opponents so as they didn't just run up to you and attack like the monsters from Doom and Quake. They took cover, laid suppressing fire, tried sneaking around you, and all other sorts of tactics. Back in 1998 you didn't much of that in a first person shooter.

The second innovation is more what the fanboys say about the game rather than the truth, and that's a storyline. Indeed Half Life had a plot that you followed throughout the game that made shooting the bad have a little more depth, however it wasn't all that. Games like the System Shock series and Thief already gave you superior FPS storylines. Half Life was just the popular one.

And that's where we come to how this game stacks in the new millenium. I played it on PC back in 1998 up to a point, but never finished. I ended up finishing the game with the PS2 version. That plotline only takes you so far as much of the action in middle gets extremely tedious. If you don't mind just shooting and solving jump puzzles without much story to inspire then I guess that's not big deal. However these days more engaging plots on FPS games is the norm.

Gameplay is pretty good for a console FPS.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars FOLLOW FREEMAN
I finally have the entire half life collection! I wanted the dreamcast port but evidently it has HORRIBLE loading sequences. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Raymundo salazar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A lotta fun
Published 3 months ago by Victor
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Was quite difficult to complete the game, especially after I broke the game when it arrived..
Published 4 months ago by Adam Voight
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Doesn't play in PS3 - can't fault it for that but it still stinks.
Published 4 months ago by Dove
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great condition, fast shipping, everything came as expected. Would order again, thanks
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Game didn't work
The disc was scratched around the edges and didn't work at all. Shipping was fine and it did have its original case but, that's of no use if it doesn't work.
Published 5 months ago by Beth Domres Puls
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing port, a must play
Even if you have played the original half life, this is a very good port with updated graphics for the character models, weapon models, and other textures. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris Westfall
1.0 out of 5 stars 89.99 + 5.99 S&H MY ***
It is a great game and all but it definitely not worth almost $100. I would rather it be $20-$30 since it is old.
Published 6 months ago by Terence Troupe
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
I got this used and it works flawlessly. Half-Life is an amazing game, despite its age. The 15 year old physics engine and controls still feel fresh and playable today. Read more
Published 9 months ago by masterz
5.0 out of 5 stars I am shocked
I have never met a game that has me so stuck on one level, I can not ascend to the top of the rotating machinery and had to take a break so back to Dues Ex
Published 10 months ago by Sam And Debbie
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