Half-Life was released on November 8, 1998 by Sierra. The game was developed by Valve. Half-Life is a first person shooter.

Valve’s debut 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.

Half-Life is a first-person shooter features combat tasks and puzzle solving to advance through the game. Unlike most of its peers at the time, Half-Life is very scripted, such as a Vortigaunt ramming down a door etc.

The crosshair with Half-Life compared to other shooters are small and hard to notice in higher resolution displays. Valve needs to fix the crosshairs to be able to scale them from 640×480 to 1600×1200 and beyond.

The game world is generally one large map with a few loading screens. The game story is organized into chapters. The difficulty increases somewhat as the campaign continues. Many areas are puzzle-like  requiring a strategy to get through.

The game regularly integrates puzzles, such as navigating a maze of conveyor belts or using nearby boxes to build a small staircase to the next area the player must travel to. Some puzzles involve using the environment to kill an enemy, like turning on a steam valve to spray hot steam at their enemies.

The game has a few bosses. A few can be killed by direct fire, others need to be drawn into environment areas. Stationary guns are easily trashed with grenades.

There are a new NPC characters but unlike more recent games they are typically few in number.

Half-Life has been recognized by dozens of publications for its groundbreaking gameplay. No question that we at Hoardcore Games feel this is the best shooter since Doom..

Valve worked hard to make this game to be so good that even a decade later, it still looks good.

Half-Life has multiplayer capability but in 1998 most had 56 kilobit modems and lots of lag. Cable and DSL internet was not widely available for many more years.. With the advent of Steam and new servers, Valve has updated the game and there are servers available for multiplayer sessions.


  • Half-Life: Opposing Force
  • Half-Life: Blue Shift
  • Half-Life: Decay

The expansions have been bundled several times in different distribution: Half-Life Platinum Collection and Half-Life: Generation.


Operating SystemWindows 98 or better
CPUIntel® Pentium III-733 or better
Memory32 MB or more
Hard Drive Space1 GB
Graphics HardwareNVIDIA 6600 GT or better
ATI x600 or better
NetworkBroadband Internet Connection Required

The game is now also on Steam. The game has been updated several times.