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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 70 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 »