Change language
Cancel [esc]

An experiment goes horribly wrong, triggering unforeseen consequences

An explosion during a failed experiment at the Black Mesa Research Facility rips open a portal to an alien world. Physicist Gordon Freeman survives, but must now battle both aliens and government forces to save humankind before the Earth is overrun.

The Half-Life 25th Anniversary Update

Half-Life is back and better than ever. Alongside interviews with the original developers, the game is now available with the Uplink mini-campaign, Steam Deck support, updated graphics settings, new multiplayer maps, and some bonus restored goodies.

"They're waiting for you, Gordon… in the test chamber."

Half-Life's debut title blends action and adventure with award-winning technology to create a frighteningly immersive world where players must think to survive. The game features an innovative combination of combat, puzzle-solving, and storytelling.

Carefully crafted for the single player experience, every encounter in Half-Life is a new challenge, nearly every room throws out something you haven't seen before, every sound is a worrying cue something horrible is about to happen. I haven't had so much fun playing a game in years.
Environments are completely interactive. Players may turn on the hand dryers…or push open broken doors. Plus, the materials are realistic. Slippery floors are actually slippery. …It's tough to imagine someone who likes video games not absolutely loving this gem.
—The Los Angeles Times
The game is full of surprises, continually throwing new obstacles and challenges in your path... The numerous scripted events bolster the illusion of reality, and you'll come across detailed scenes that are continually suspenseful.
Computer Game of the Year


Best Action Game

–Game Critics Awards

Best Game of All Time

–PC Gamer

Greatest Game of All Time

–GameSpy Readers

Quantum Leap Award


Release Date
November 19, 1998
Created By
Windows, OSX, Linux, PlayStation 2