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Developer(s) Valve Corporation
Distributor(s) Steam
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PlayStation 2
Genre(s) FPS
System(s) Windows, PlayStation 2, Mac OS, Linux
Players 1-32
Mode(s) Single player
ESRB: ESRB M.png Mature
Expansion pack(s) Half-Life: Opposing Force
Half-Life: Blue Shift
Half-Life: Decay
Followed by Half-Life 2
Series Half-Life
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This is the first game in the Half-Life series. For other games in the series see the Half-Life category.

Half-Life was developed by Valve Software and was released on November 20, 1998 for Windows. Half-Life raised the bar for FPSes, combining action, amazing graphics (for the time), and exciting linear gameplay. The storytelling in the game is revealed level-by-level through several scripted sequences which places the player in new situations. Half-Life has won 50 Game Of The Year awards from major publications and is considered a marvel in gaming.


You are Dr. Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist who works at Black Mesa, a secret government facility located in New Mexico. You and your team of scientists are eager to try a new experiment, and you volunteer to be in it. You take a hazard suit and head down to the test chamber. Everything is going well, but a major problem occurs in the experiment, and now you and the other survivors must escape from Black Mesa alive.

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