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  • Summary: One of the best-selling games of all time, Half-Life has been completely redesigned for PlayStation2, with advanced graphic upgrades, more characters, and new multiplayer cooperative games. So why not head back into the Black Mesa Federal Research Facility as Gordon Freeman for some more FPS carnage? Expand
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Now you're talking perfection... incredible graphics and first-person shooter action, with one of the best, most elaborately orchestrated videogame plots ever seen.
  2. Still one of the great ones all these years later, even with dated graphics, poor voice acting, and the inherent limitations of a gamepad.
  3. If you’re one of the lucky few who haven’t [played the PC original], do yourself a favour and pick up one of the best games ever created.
  4. A must buy for gamers who haven't experienced Half Life before. The exclusive Decay episode, the upgraded graphics, and the new areas within Black Mesa Research Facility are a treat that PC veterans can enjoy as well.
  5. One thing I particularly liked on this game, and hope to see more of in future releases is a quick save mode. This allows you to stop where you are and quick save before you do something difficult.
  6. It's the way the game is laid out and immerses you that makes Half-Life the cat's golden milk-drenched whiskers.
  7. On rare occasions it does clug slightly for a brief second, but only very rarely. [Dec 2001, p.105]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Oct 9, 2010
    This game is amazing still to this day on any platform you play it. I originally got it on the PS2 and I was blown away by it. No other FPS game after Goldeneye had the same effect this game had on me. If you have never played this, you must give it a shot some time if you can. Expand
  2. Oct 17, 2012
    My all time favourite game! Better graphics than the PC version and the co-op mode is good fun.
    Great fun FPS action and a driving story line
    with a science fiction feel. Expand
  3. Mar 26, 2011
    A great game for cheap and its a classic! So many characters, weapons and places to go. The story line is awesome! I recommend this game to people who like action, horror games. Expand
  4. Jun 28, 2012
    The best version of half-life is on the PS2 and while the game is dated compared to most other later PS2 releases I am still a massive fan and still play this classic from time to time, a very good game ported even better, pretty much true perfection. Expand
  5. Feb 15, 2011
    Half-Life is fantastic on PC, but on the PS2 it fails in almost every way, the crappy controls really hinder the experience, but thankfully they give you the ability to customize your own control settings which removes some of the frustration, my other complaint is how everything in the game feels slippery making the plat forming sections incredibly terrible, and the random load times you'll encounter just while walking around are extremely frustrating, while it's still the Half-Life experience the technical problems, and crappy design choices make this version terrible, I would highly recommend this on PC, but if you can get past the flaws the PS2 version should keep you entertained, but I would pass on this version. Expand

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