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Windows - 1998

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Alt names 戰慄時空, 半条命, Quiver, Hλlf-Life, HL, Bantiao Ming
Year 1998
Platform Windows
Released in United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, United States, Poland, Czechia, Spain, Worldwide, Croatia, Australia
Genre Action
Theme Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Shooter
Publisher Sierra On-Line, Inc.
Developer Valve L.L.C.
Perspective 1st-Person
4.6 / 5 - 30 votes

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Manual, patch, misc, mod, demo and guide available

Description of Half-Life

Scarface, the Ace of Scarves commented:

An excellent game, with pretty well realised and thought out interdimensional travel concepts. I keep coming back every year to replay this, though I must say that fighting that howling ambulating scrotum monster toward the end always gives me a headache, even with the invulnerability cheat enabled. It's just annoyingly long, irritatingly bombastic, and gratuitously gross. Someone said this game "peaks out too soon". I have to agree. I think survival horror elements work best when they take place in the natural world for contrast and it is this reason that makes the office complex levels of the game the most thrilling.

The other-dimensional levels sometimes smack too much of someone sitting around thinking, "okay, it's another dimension, so what would be weird to discover there?" And the results are sometimes predictable and seem inspired by 1970's prog-rock album covers. These quibbles aside, I must say that this game has some of the best gameplay you're going to find and it is possible to race through levels virtually at the speed of thought. OR you can take you time and sneak around enjoying the ambience. It's cool, I like it. (^-^)

Alpha 0.52 Leak

A preview disk intended for journalists was released in 2013. To play the alpha delete or renamed the "...Half-Life 0.52Half-LifeOpengl32.dll" file and then run "...Half-Life 0.52Half-Lifeenginegl.exe".

Half-Life has the following addons available: Half-Life: Blue Shift and Half-Life: Opposing Force, don't miss them!

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Comments and reviews

Bloxy 2021-05-20 2 points

The game is abandonware, Just the Steam version isn't, If you want to legally play Half Life for free, download it on old-games.ru, They give you the 1998 client for the game, Instead of the Steam release. That one should work on a 98 SE Laptop.

Tox 2021-02-03 0 point

Why are these games on an abandonware site?

SME K5 2020-11-10 4 points Windows version

Buy on steam? seriously... i wanted to download this for my win98se laptop.. that thing does not support steam xD

amazing 2019-08-29 0 point

this game is the father of fps games

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Buy Half-Life

Half-Life is available for a small price on the following websites, and is no longer abandonware. GOG.com provides the best release and does not include DRM, please buy from them! You can read our online store guide .

Game Extras and Resources

Some of these file may not be included in the game stores. For Half-Life, we have the following files:

ManualEnglish version 908 KB (Windows) PatchPatch English version 82 MB (Windows) MiscAlpha Preview 0.52 English version 120 MB (Windows) MiscAlpha 1997 Game English version 338 MB (Windows) ModHigh Definition Pack of high-detail models for the original Half-Life English version 5 MB (Windows) DemoDay One Demo English version 95 MB (Windows) GuideVersus Official Perfect Guide English version 48 MB (Windows)

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