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Platform : PlayStation2
Rated: Mature
4.0 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews
Metascore: 87 / 100

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


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

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4.0 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews

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Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
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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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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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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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Half-Life is certainly a good FPS title for the PS2. It's very reminiscent of Voyager Elite Force or Red Faction. You play the game as Gordon Freeman, a scientist in a secret research facility. Something goes horribly wrong and a portal to an alien world is opened up and you find yourself battling a variety of alien monsters and even government soldiers sent to kill you and cover the whole thing up. In the end, you will travel to the alien world for the final showdown.
Overall the game is a good game with decent graphics and sound. It has a "save at any point" feature which greatly enhances the playablity. The game plays basically as a continuous "movie" with few cutscenes and fairly decent loading times. The control scheme is almost identical to one used in Voyage Elite Force, however you have to learn that your weapon does not necessariy aim where you're looking.
I enjoyed the game and found it addicting, however I began to tire of it in the final missions. This game is longer than most recent releases, and even on the easy level, I found it to be pretty difficult, especially in the later stages. While most of the game involves fighting enemies, a fair amount of your time is spent solving puzzles and in the end, it became more about making tedious jumps rather than fighting aliens. After awhile, jumping from point A to point B gets a little tiresome.
This an enjoyable game worth the investment but be advised that it can get tiresome before you finish. The game is better than 3 stars but in my mind, maybe not completely deserving of the 4 star rating, primarily because of the "tedious" factor.
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