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"They're waiting for you Gordon... in the test chamberrrrrr...."

Half-Life Half-Life, Valve's debut 1998 title, blends action and adventure with award-winning technology to create a frighteningly realistic world where players must think to survive. Named Game of the Year by over 50 publications, it also includes an exciting multiplayer mode that allows you to play against friends and enemies around the world.

Half-Life is also the debut of the GoldSrc GoldSrc engine, and was followed by a Source Source engine sequel in 2004, Half-Life 2 Half-Life 2.

A PlayStation 2 port of the game was released in 2001, developed by Gearbox Software, which features many changes which were not present in the PC version of the game.

On November 17, 2023, the game received a major update for its 25th anniversary[1], restoring the retail/WON menu UI, implementing proper widescreen support with Hor+ FOV and better UI scaling for high-DPI and 4K (or higher) displays, partially fixing support for overbright lighting, and much more. The game was also available for free to keep until November 20. Additionally, Half-Life: Uplink Half-Life: Uplink and content from Half-Life: Further Data Half-Life: Further Data was added to the game. The downside with this update however, is that several non-standalone GoldSrc mods (except custom content and textures) and games (like Counter-Strike, Team Fortress Classic and more) were initially broken with this update; Valve provides a beta build (steam_legacy) to revert to the version prior to the update, to fix the mod incompatibility.


  • Half-Life maps (valve)
  • Half-Life HD pack (valve_hd)
  • GoldSrc shared (valve)
  • GoldSrc code


Half-Life Half-Life has total of 20 chapters, 19 of which are playable.

There are 14 (15 with Hazard Course) chapters set in Black Mesa and 4 (5 with Endgame) chapters set in Xen.

Official multiplayer maps


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Main article:  Half-Life Credits
These are the official credits for "Half-Life", as released in November of 1998:
  • Ted Backman
  • TK Backman
  • Kelly Bailey
  • Yahn Bernier
  • Ken Birdwell
  • Steve Bond
  • Dario Casali
  • John Cook
  • Greg Coomer
  • Wes Cumberland
  • John Guthrie
  • Mona Lisa Guthrie
  • Mike Harrington
  • Monica Harrington
  • Brett Johnson
  • Chuck Jones
  • Marc Laidlaw
  • Karen Laur
  • Randy Lundeen
  • Yatsze Mark
  • Lisa Mennet
  • Gabe Newell
  • Dave Riller
  • Aaron Stackpole
  • Jay Stelly
  • Harry Teasley
  • Steve Theodore
  • Bill Van Buren
  • Robin Walker
  • Douglas R. Wood

Uncredited Voice work:

  • Mike Shapiro: Black Mesa Security Guards, Soldiers, the G Man
  • Harry S Robins: Black Mesa Scientists, Soldiers
  • Kathy Levin: Hologram Trainer, Black Mesa Train Announcer

Bugs and Limitations

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For engine specific bugs, see Bugs and Limitations at GoldSrc page.

System Requirements

Windows (Retail/WON version)
Windows Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Windows Windows 95, 98, NT 4.0
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 133 MHz
System memory (RAM) 24MB
Hard disk drive (HDD/SSD) 400MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA, high color (16-bit) compatible display
(Software renderer)
Windows (Steam version)
Windows Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Windows Windows 7 or later
Processor (CPU) 500MHz
System memory (RAM) 96MB
Hard disk drive (HDD/SSD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) 16MB of VRAM
Other Internet connection (for Steam)
Note.pngNote:The Steam version is no longer compatible with Windows XP and Vista[confirm] since the 25th anniversary update. User using these OS can downgrade to previous version of the game by using the steam_legacy beta branch instead.
macOS macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) macOS OS X 10.6.3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD/SSD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8xxx series
ATI Radeon X1600
Intel HD Graphics 3000
Linux Linux
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 12.04, SteamOS 1.0 (or depends on Distros)
Processor (CPU) 2.8 GHz Dual Core
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD/SSD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600/9600 GT
ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2600/3600
OpenGL 2.1 compatible
Sound (audio device) OpenAL compatible
Other Graphic Drivers: Nvidia 310, AMD 12.11

See also


  1. Half-Life 25th Anniversary Update

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