Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  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. Truly an FPS masterpiece. [Dec 2001, p.166]
  3. 100
    Dead on, sporting nearly every feature that made the original game so great.
  4. Still one of the great ones all these years later, even with dated graphics, poor voice acting, and the inherent limitations of a gamepad.
  5. 91
    A brilliant game from head to toe.
  6. As a standalone game, PS2 Half Life takes its place at the top of first person shooters with its fantastic storyline, graceful level design and exceptional graphics which whizz along at a constant 60 fps.
  7. 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.
  8. Exceptionally well designed, plays on a greater scale and requires more thought than Volition’s pretty baby ["Red Faction"] and so comes highly recommended.
  9. May very well be the best FPS on a console ever...The story isn't the best you'll ever see, and "Red Faction" has it beat there, but Half-Life is all about the experience, and few other games suck you in as well as Half-Life.
  10. 90
    The most distinguishing difference between Half-Life and its PC counterpart is the sharper visual presentation.
  11. 89
    Xbox owners may be enjoying the new high watermark in first-person shooting, but PlayStation owners now have the gripping classic that laid the way for all future action title to play through with the lights turned way down.
  12. A gripping combination of superb story design, sly artificial intelligence, taut combat sequences, and logical puzzles.
  13. 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.
  14. Damn good, and rivals just about any First Person Shooter on a console to date.
  15. I defy you to find a blaster that gives you more hours of gameplay than this redux of the three-year old PC game. [Dec 2001, p.242]
  16. 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.
  17. Intelligent gameplay flows throughout the game giving gamers the ability to use their intuition and instincts rather than some obscure puzzle or scavenger hunt that frustrates to no end.
  18. It can still hang in terms of both looks and play, and the co-op mode was very innovative. [Dec 2001, p.91]
  19. It's the way the game is laid out and immerses you that makes Half-Life the cat's golden milk-drenched whiskers.
  20. Half-Life has matured with style. [Feb 2002, p.61]
  21. This game still compares favorably with more modern efforts such as Volition's "Red Faction."
  22. Half-life itself is over three years old and the engine it runs on is even older, so it's no wonder the graphics and textures look extremely bland and dated . Even with the new PS2 hi-res upgrade, father time has inevitably brought out those wrinkles.
  23. If you're a strictly console gamer, the PS2 version offers the Half-Life experience in a satisfactory package with the added bonus of the Decay missions.
  24. On rare occasions it does clug slightly for a brief second, but only very rarely. [Dec 2001, p.105]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 71 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. 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. Full Review »
  2. 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. Full Review »
  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. Full Review »