Named Game of the Year by over 50 publications, Valve's début title blends action and adventure with award-winning technology to create a frighteningly realistic world where players must think to survive. Also includes an exciting multiplayer mode that allows you to play against friends and enemies around the world.
This is the best game ever! The graphics were amazing in 1998, the sounds are very realistic, you can hear footsteps, the marine's radio chatters, scientists and other characters engaging conversations without you triggering them! If your computer isn't very powerful, this game still has lots of amazing effects on software rendering! The story is also great, you aren't saving the world, you are just a normal scientist with a real name and a real life (in the Half Life world), Gordon isn't a super soldier filled with steroids and other crap killing incredibly strong aliens like in Doom or Quake! He is just a normal scientist wearing an HEV suit which explains his strength! The mods and maps created for this game are amazing, with a giant community still playing this game today! This is an amazing classic, no other game can have the success Half Life had.
It's an amazing game for the time it was made in, and the gameplay is excellent. The NPCs and enemies can be kind of dumb, though. However, you can expect that from a first-person shooter back then. It's amazing pace, and unique story elements have driven me to this vote, and I thank Valve for making such a great game.
An eternal classic for a reason, no matter in which year you play this game, it will give you tons of fun for a lot of hours just to finish the single player mode....
I was not a fan of FPS before playing this game, but this totally made me a fan of the genre, so if you are already a fan, YOU MUST. PLAY. THIS GAME!
This is one of 'those' games that must be played more than once in order to appreciate it to the fullest.
I don't know how many 'famous' mods there are for the Half Life series, but for a game such as this to still have mods coming out, even after years of being released... well that has to say something for how awesome this game is.
I recommend that anyone who hasn't played this to buy it and try it out, because Half Life is a game that has changed gaming history.