Games Encyclopedia Top Games PC PS4 PS3 Xbox One Xbox 360 Switch Android iOS Rankings Images Companies
Game Box for Half-Life 2 (PC)

Half-Life 2

A sequel to the Valve Software's best-selling game that set new standards for the FPS genre back in 1998. Half-Life 2 is set several years after the events of the first game.

Action | FPP | science fiction | FPS | dystopia | multiplayer | Oculus Rift | shooters | virtual reality

Half-Life 2 cover

developer: Valve Software

publisher: Sierra

Official website

Game mode: single / multiplayer

Multiplayer mode: local network / Internet

game release date:

16Nov2004

PC

15Nov2005

XBOX

12May2014

AND

A sequel to the excellent FPS from 1998. This new title was created by the same team who gave us the first Half-Life, the Valve Software company. The script for Half-Life 2 was written by the creator of the original story – Marc Laidlaw.

The PC version of the game primarily features a story-driven single player campaign, but also local and online multiplayer modes. Moreover, the developers provided a level editor, called Hammer, which allows for creation of mods and maps.

Story

Gordon Freeman, the protagonist of the first Half-Life, reprises his role as the main character. This time the ex-employee of Black Mesa Labs visits City 17, where most of the story takes place. On the other side of the barricade we have Dr. Wallace Breen – a puppet governor of Earth, ruling under the authority of an alien, Combine, that took over control of our planet. A mysterious person, known as G-Man, tasks Dr. Freeman with overthrowing the invaders, in which he is aided by new allies: the Xen race (his former enemies from Half-Life) and Alyx Vance, a young woman fighting for the human resistance.

Gameplay

The game takes you through a variety of locations in or near the City 17: sewers, suburbs, prison, harbor, etc. While traversing the game’s world you have to constantly fight different types of enemies, starting with your “old-friends” Headcrabs, all the way to Antlions and law enforcers. Just as you did before, you fight your opponents with a variety of weapons: a crowbar, revolver, shotgun, futuristic cross-bow, or the gravity gun.

Technology

Half-Life 2 for PC, AND and XBX employs a new game engine, called Source, which generates not only 3D graphics, but also realistic physics. The technology introduces a certain degree of destructibility to the environments – many elements can be broken, destroyed or at least damaged. You can also use the in-game objects as either cover from enemy bullets or as weapons. Thanks to the ragdoll effect bodies of enemies fall down on the ground in a more realistic manner. Opponents are gifted with smart AI and are able to call in reinforcements, take cover, flank the player, etc.

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

Recommended: Pentium 4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, graphic card 64 MB (GeForce 4 Ti4400 or better), 4.5 GB HDD, Windows 98/Me/2000/XP

Android OS

Android OS

Requirements (AND): Nvidia Shield Tablet / Shield Portable

Prospekt is a new chapter in the Half-Life 2 story and it's out today
Prospekt is a new chapter in the Half-Life 2 story and it's out today

news 18 February 2016 13:25

Prospekt is a standalone Half-Life 2 expansion approved by Valve that goes live on Steam today. While playing as the protagonist of Half-Life: Opposing Force, we get to aid Gordon Freeman on his way through Nova Prospekt.

Would-be Half-Life 2 Remake From World War Z Devs and other news
Would-be Half-Life 2 Remake From World War Z Devs and other news

news 21 May 2019 15:55

Today we are writing about the recruitment for Insomniac Games, the World War Z devs' dream about creating a Half-Life 2 remake and the teaser of the new expansion to Arma 3. Welcome to your daily batch of short news from the world.

Former Valve Employee on Why Making Half-Life 3 is not Worth it
Former Valve Employee on Why Making Half-Life 3 is not Worth it

news 07 June 2019 02:23

An anonymous entry of a former Valve employee appeared on the web. He mentions, among other things, the cancelled work on Left 4 Dead 3 and Half-Life 3. In addition, he also writes about the policy that has prevailed in the company for the last few years.

Project Borealis - First Gameplay from Fan Version of Half-Life 3
Project Borealis - First Gameplay from Fan Version of Half-Life 3

news 19 June 2019 23:45

The first video from Project Borealis, a fan modification that provides a finale to the Half-Life series, was released. The devs also shared another entry informing about work progress.

Half-Life 2 Characters Can Finally Blink Again
Half-Life 2 Characters Can Finally Blink Again

news 29 September 2019 16:01

Valve has finally fixed a bug introduced five years ago that made it impossible for characters in games like Half-Life, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, or Half-Life: Source to blink their eyes.

See/Add Comments