Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Still one of the great ones all these years later, even with dated graphics, poor voice acting, and the inherent limitations of a gamepad.
  2. 90
    The most distinguishing difference between Half-Life and its PC counterpart is the sharper visual presentation.
  3. 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.
  4. Now you're talking perfection... incredible graphics and first-person shooter action, with one of the best, most elaborately orchestrated videogame plots ever seen.
  5. A gripping combination of superb story design, sly artificial intelligence, taut combat sequences, and logical puzzles.
  6. 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.
  7. 91
    A brilliant game from head to toe.
  8. 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.
  9. Truly an FPS masterpiece. [Dec 2001, p.166]
  10. 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.
  11. Exceptionally well designed, plays on a greater scale and requires more thought than Volition’s pretty baby ["Red Faction"] and so comes highly recommended.
  12. 100
    Dead on, sporting nearly every feature that made the original game so great.
User Score
8.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 77 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
    10
    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
    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.
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  2. Mar 26, 2011
    10
    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 toA 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 »
  3. Jun 28, 2012
    10
    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 andThe 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 »