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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 moreOne 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    Truly an FPS masterpiece. [Dec 2001, p.166]
  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. Exceptionally well designed, plays on a greater scale and requires more thought than Volition’s pretty baby ["Red Faction"] and so comes highly recommended.
  4. Damn good, and rivals just about any First Person Shooter on a console to date.
  5. 80
    It's the way the game is laid out and immerses you that makes Half-Life the cat's golden milk-drenched whiskers.
  6. Play Magazine
    80
    Half-Life has matured with style. [Feb 2002, p.61]
  7. Next Generation Magazine
    60
    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: 28 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. DuncanJ.
    Nov 16, 2001
    10
    It is a very good game, and it has been upgraded both graphically and in gameplay.
  2. 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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  3. VyacheslavD.
    Jun 5, 2002
    10
    Half-Life for PS2 - it is cool! It is also very interesting if you played it on PC before - they (developers) changed some game areas, added Half-Life for PS2 - it is cool! It is also very interesting if you played it on PC before - they (developers) changed some game areas, added coop mod. Very good game ;-) Expand
  4. Nov 5, 2021
    10
    Best half life port ever included half life decay and keyboard and mouse. !!!!
  5. 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. Expand
  6. Jun 25, 2021
    9
    This is the definitive version of Half Life 1 in my opinion. It would even say that Half Life 1 on PS2 is my favorite game in the series! IThis is the definitive version of Half Life 1 in my opinion. It would even say that Half Life 1 on PS2 is my favorite game in the series! I will not review the base game because I already did it on this page and gave it an 8 by the way, great game, innovative but with many glitches and that it lack more post game content. This port not only solves all the glitches present in the PC version, but also improves many things that make it worthy of a higher score. I will say the things that this port has in comparison to the PC version and why i consider it much better.

    -Better textures and models
    -Split Screen deathmatch and coop (Half Life Decay has a clever level design, a great adittion to the game and in my opinion, my favorite HL expansion)
    -Now the assault rifle has its own ammo!
    -Exclusive Deathmatch levels
    -Exclusive alien cheat (you can use on Coop mode or in the story, and if you finish the game with Alien mode there´s a secret ending)
    -New elements in HUD (a red aim along with the orange that helps you with the aiming and a icon than indicates if you are moving or jumping)
    -Extended Levels (for example Hazard Course)
    -Long Jump with sound effect and easy to use (only jump twice)
    -Bug fixes (yes, even more than 2021 PC version)
    -The best Gordon Freeman model in game i have ever seen (Half Life 2 box doesnt count)

    This version is very underrated, it has a lot of content and is polished... And i say again, Half Life 1 in PC is awesome, but in PS2 is almost perfect... And if you dont like the joystick, you can even connect mouse and keyboard to the PS2!!!! One of the few games on PS2 that allows that.
    Half Life on PS2 is a upgrade in everything to the original game. It has some faults, like the lack of more content for the multiplayer like 4 player split screen along with more variety of game modes, it would be nice also the Blue Shift and Opposing Force expansions included (although you can play Blue Shift by a mod that you can found in moddb), also you can play Half Life Uplink if you have a special disc... So rich in content! Totally recommended for the people who didnt play Half Life before or the people who play the PC version and wants to experience more.
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  7. Feb 15, 2011
    4
    Half-Life is fantastic on PC, but on the PS2 it fails in almost every way, the crappy controls really hinder the experience, but thankfullyHalf-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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#26 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2001
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#23 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2001