Half-Life

PS2 - MPN: PS2
Product Details
Description
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
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating M (Mature)
Game Genre Action/Adventure
Maximum Number of Players 2
Expert Reviews
Half-Life
4 Star Review  GameZone - Dec 3, 2001

In Half-Life you take on the role of Gordon Freeman, a research associate in the anomalous materials lab. Everything takes place in a decommissioned missile base known as the Black Mesa Research Facility where a top secret project goes terribly awry in an attempt to open a portal to another dimension. With the technology of the PlayStation 2 many PC games are crossing over to catch the gamers that didn't have the advantage of the PC. Sierra entertainment is one of the first to cross over from PC to PlayStation 2 and what better way to shoot for the top than with the Half-Life franchise.

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Half-Life (ps2)
4.5 Star Review  IGN.com - Nov 16, 2001

Not that I'm a big PC gamer mind you, but it was hard to miss Half-Life when it practically stoked a revolution three years on the PC. When everybody was crazy with multiplayer Quake II, little known Valve turned the first-person shooter genre on its head with ingenious single-person gameplay, phenomenal story-telling techniques, and some of the subtlest and funny characters in a game of its kind. Needless to say, Half-Life was, and still is, a brilliant game from head to toe.

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Half-Life
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Half-Life receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.46 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #661 game of all time, #18 game of 2001 for the PlayStation 2 and #129 PlayStation 2 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 52 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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Best PS2 First Person Shooter (FPS) Game
5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 3, 2008

Bestcovery experts have rated the Half-Life as the Best PS2 First Person Shooter (FPS) Game. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Half-Life
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 7, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 1 expert review for Half-Life and the rating is 80 of 100. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Half-Life (Playstation 2)
5 Star Review   By member CStech43 - Aug 17, 2005   

Strengths: Amazing single player first person shooter game, updated graphics, immersive story and gameplay.

This game is the epitome of what FPS are. Even though the game itself came out years ago on the P.C. it hasn't aged one bit in that all other FPS take some elements from this game and expound on it. You play the role of Gordan Freeman, and you start off with nothing. At the time, this was unheard of in a FPS game. Your first real "weapon" is a crow-bar. But, as you progress in the game you get aweseome weapons like the assault rifle, shotgun, grenades and much, much more. The story is amazing and keeps you immersed, there is one character especially who keeps showing up but you can't interact with him and this wants you to know more about this strange person. The graphics have been given an upgrade from the P.C. version and looks great. The sound effects for each weapon are realistic, and where there is music it has a nice effect on gameplay. Overall, this game is a classic, and with it's improvements on the P.C. version this is a must-have for First Person Shooting Fans!

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Half Life
5 Star Review   By member galvatron2k1 - Jul 30, 2005   

Strengths: Storyline, game play, can be played with USB keyboard/mouse, extra co-op mission, quick-save function

Weakness: Graphics

In my opinion, the best FPS on the PS2 and it is approaching 5 years old. This game has a lot of things working for it. The storyline is fantastic; anybody that has played the PS2 or PC versions of the game will know that I am talking about. The game play is also great and so are the controls. Even better, since the PS2 supports USB, with an optional USB keyboard and mouse, you can play this game the way it was meant to feel on the PC. The controls are a lot better when using the keyboard and mouse setup also. In addition to one of the greatest games ever, the PS2 version includes a 2 player, splitscreen, co-op version of a side story to the main game, called Decay. It also includes a deathmatch function over 10 different stages. The graphics are the only thing that may be wrong with this game. They do look dated, but understand that this game was originally released in 2001. But if you can get past the dated look of the game, I highly recommend tracking this game down for the PS2 if you have not played it yet or do not own it for the PC.

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5 Star Review   By member MaxBiaggi2 - May 2, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent sci-fi FPS, compelling characters and story, intelligent puzzles

Weakness: Not as good as PC original, dated graphics

Half-Life has enjoyed consumer and critical acclaim for years now on the PC (even spawning a much-anticipated sequel), so it only seemed right that the consoles would get a port. Unfortunately, it's a few years late to arrive (and the graphics are a tad outdated), but the epic sci-fi adventure/shooter that everyone loved on PC remains pretty much intact on PS2. If you like first person shooters and haven't tried Half-Life on PC, you really owe it to yourself to try it on PS2. The developer did a marvelous job of crafting a compelling story involving government conspiracy and alien invasion while keeping the characters grounded and interesting and the puzzles smart. If it sounds like Half-Life may be a game for you, the PS2 port is your only console option at the moment.

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5 Star Review   By member Rare_Monkey - Apr 30, 2005   

Strengths: This Game is Long. Very, very long. And fun, oh, so fun.

This game is almost perfect! I say 'almost' because if I had a keyboard and mouse, it would be, but I don't. The single player game is very long and keeps you coming back for more. With a good amount of weapons to choose from and fairly easy puzzles to figure out, it runs along smoothly. In addition to the main game. A co-op version was included. It is about twelve levels long, with you and a friend working together to fight back against the evil alien onslaught. The last level even has you playing as the aliens (Pretty cool). If you don't already have this game, I incurage you to get it, it's worth every penny.

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5 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Apr 18, 2005   

Strengths: Amazing story, great action, intelligent puzzles

Weakness: Older graphic engine

The story of Gordon Freeman and the Black Mesa facility are told in Half-Life. It's a port of the PC game onto the PS2, with some graphical improvements. Gordon Freeman is the everyman scientist who must fight against an invading alien horde, among other hazards in Black Mesa. The narrative and story are amazingly well done, with plenty of action and puzzles along the way. Compared to other titles, the graphics engine is a bit dated, though a nice improvement from the PC game. FPS fans should own this without question.

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4 Star Review   By member JaySee5656 - Nov 22, 2002   

Strengths: -incredible story - good control -logical puzzles -super fun

Weakness: -controls a bit to tight -graphics are dated

GAMEPLAY: 8/10 GRAPHICS: 7/10 SOUND: 9/10 VALUE: 10/10 OVERALL: 8/10 Head to Head, a and 2 player modes Great sound Cool enemies Dated graphics, but not to bad Loved it Fun to play No frustration!!! Good FPS, 3rd Best FPS of PS2 next to Metal Gear Solid and Medal of Honor WORTH IT

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Product Details
Description
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
Quick Glance
ESRB Rating M (Mature)
Game Genre Action/Adventure
Maximum Number of Players 2
Summary
Product Title Half-Life
Manufacturer Activision
Power Score 4.5 | 11 Reviews
Game Information
Simultaneous Multiplayer Mode: Yes
Memory Space Required: 500 KB
Release Date: 2001-11-1
Compatible Controller Devices: Analog Controller, Vibration Function
Network Compatible: No
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Category: Playstation 2
Class: Playstation
Uses Memory Card?: Yes
Parent Retsku: B00005ME8S
Expert Reviews
Half-Life
4 Star Review  GameZone - Dec 3, 2001

In Half-Life you take on the role of Gordon Freeman, a research associate in the anomalous materials lab. Everything takes place in a decommissioned missile base known as the Black Mesa Research Facility where a top secret project goes terribly awry in an attempt to open a portal to another dimension. With the technology of the PlayStation 2 many PC games are crossing over to catch the gamers that didn't have the advantage of the PC. Sierra entertainment is one of the first to cross over from PC to PlayStation 2 and what better way to shoot for the top than with the Half-Life franchise.

Read the full review »

Half-Life (ps2)
4.5 Star Review  IGN.com - Nov 16, 2001

Not that I'm a big PC gamer mind you, but it was hard to miss Half-Life when it practically stoked a revolution three years on the PC. When everybody was crazy with multiplayer Quake II, little known Valve turned the first-person shooter genre on its head with ingenious single-person gameplay, phenomenal story-telling techniques, and some of the subtlest and funny characters in a game of its kind. Needless to say, Half-Life was, and still is, a brilliant game from head to toe.

Read the full review »

Half-Life
4.5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

Half-Life receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.46 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #661 game of all time, #18 game of 2001 for the PlayStation 2 and #129 PlayStation 2 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 52 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

Read the full review »

Best PS2 First Person Shooter (FPS) Game
5 Star Review  bestcovery.com - Dec 3, 2008

Bestcovery experts have rated the Half-Life as the Best PS2 First Person Shooter (FPS) Game. Bestcovery's experts recommend the best products and services for a particular need based on extensive research and evaluations. Click below to see Bestcovery's full review of this product.

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Half-Life
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 7, 2008

TestSeek.com has collected 1 expert review for Half-Life and the rating is 80 of 100. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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User Reviews
Half-Life (Playstation 2)
5 Star Review   By member CStech43 - Aug 17, 2005   

Strengths: Amazing single player first person shooter game, updated graphics, immersive story and gameplay.

This game is the epitome of what FPS are. Even though the game itself came out years ago on the P.C. it hasn't aged one bit in that all other FPS take some elements from this game and expound on it. You play the role of Gordan Freeman, and you start off with nothing. At the time, this was unheard of in a FPS game. Your first real "weapon" is a crow-bar. But, as you progress in the game you get aweseome weapons like the assault rifle, shotgun, grenades and much, much more. The story is amazing and keeps you immersed, there is one character especially who keeps showing up but you can't interact with him and this wants you to know more about this strange person. The graphics have been given an upgrade from the P.C. version and looks great. The sound effects for each weapon are realistic, and where there is music it has a nice effect on gameplay. Overall, this game is a classic, and with it's improvements on the P.C. version this is a must-have for First Person Shooting Fans!

67% of readers found this review helpful.

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Half Life
5 Star Review   By member galvatron2k1 - Jul 30, 2005   

Strengths: Storyline, game play, can be played with USB keyboard/mouse, extra co-op mission, quick-save function

Weakness: Graphics

In my opinion, the best FPS on the PS2 and it is approaching 5 years old. This game has a lot of things working for it. The storyline is fantastic; anybody that has played the PS2 or PC versions of the game will know that I am talking about. The game play is also great and so are the controls. Even better, since the PS2 supports USB, with an optional USB keyboard and mouse, you can play this game the way it was meant to feel on the PC. The controls are a lot better when using the keyboard and mouse setup also. In addition to one of the greatest games ever, the PS2 version includes a 2 player, splitscreen, co-op version of a side story to the main game, called Decay. It also includes a deathmatch function over 10 different stages. The graphics are the only thing that may be wrong with this game. They do look dated, but understand that this game was originally released in 2001. But if you can get past the dated look of the game, I highly recommend tracking this game down for the PS2 if you have not played it yet or do not own it for the PC.

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5 Star Review   By member MaxBiaggi2 - May 2, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent sci-fi FPS, compelling characters and story, intelligent puzzles

Weakness: Not as good as PC original, dated graphics

Half-Life has enjoyed consumer and critical acclaim for years now on the PC (even spawning a much-anticipated sequel), so it only seemed right that the consoles would get a port. Unfortunately, it's a few years late to arrive (and the graphics are a tad outdated), but the epic sci-fi adventure/shooter that everyone loved on PC remains pretty much intact on PS2. If you like first person shooters and haven't tried Half-Life on PC, you really owe it to yourself to try it on PS2. The developer did a marvelous job of crafting a compelling story involving government conspiracy and alien invasion while keeping the characters grounded and interesting and the puzzles smart. If it sounds like Half-Life may be a game for you, the PS2 port is your only console option at the moment.

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5 Star Review   By member Rare_Monkey - Apr 30, 2005   

Strengths: This Game is Long. Very, very long. And fun, oh, so fun.

This game is almost perfect! I say 'almost' because if I had a keyboard and mouse, it would be, but I don't. The single player game is very long and keeps you coming back for more. With a good amount of weapons to choose from and fairly easy puzzles to figure out, it runs along smoothly. In addition to the main game. A co-op version was included. It is about twelve levels long, with you and a friend working together to fight back against the evil alien onslaught. The last level even has you playing as the aliens (Pretty cool). If you don't already have this game, I incurage you to get it, it's worth every penny.

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5 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Apr 18, 2005   

Strengths: Amazing story, great action, intelligent puzzles

Weakness: Older graphic engine

The story of Gordon Freeman and the Black Mesa facility are told in Half-Life. It's a port of the PC game onto the PS2, with some graphical improvements. Gordon Freeman is the everyman scientist who must fight against an invading alien horde, among other hazards in Black Mesa. The narrative and story are amazingly well done, with plenty of action and puzzles along the way. Compared to other titles, the graphics engine is a bit dated, though a nice improvement from the PC game. FPS fans should own this without question.

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4 Star Review   By member JaySee5656 - Nov 22, 2002   

Strengths: -incredible story - good control -logical puzzles -super fun

Weakness: -controls a bit to tight -graphics are dated

GAMEPLAY: 8/10 GRAPHICS: 7/10 SOUND: 9/10 VALUE: 10/10 OVERALL: 8/10 Head to Head, a and 2 player modes Great sound Cool enemies Dated graphics, but not to bad Loved it Fun to play No frustration!!! Good FPS, 3rd Best FPS of PS2 next to Metal Gear Solid and Medal of Honor WORTH IT

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