Half-Life universe

Group Description

Half-Life is a series of games developed by Valve, which share a common setting and recurrent gameplay elements. The main installments are predominantly linear, story-driven first-person shooters with light puzzle-solving elements, connected by an overarching storyline and a common protagonist, the scientist Gordon Freeman. Portal games, originating in 2007, are set in the same universe and share a few gameplay elements with the main Half-Life games, though they form a separate storyline and are mostly dedicated to puzzle-solving.


The overarching story of Half-Life begins in the fictional Black Mesa Research Facility in New Mexico, where a failed experiment leads to the opening of an inter-dimensional portal, causing alien beings from the world Xen to invade Earth. Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist, escapes from the facility and attempts to stop the alien invasion, eliminating their leader. However, he is confronted by a mysterious person known as the G-man, who puts him into stasis. Nearly twenty years later, Freeman finds himself in City 17, a dystopian society governed by the Combine, a group of humans and aliens who have meanwhile used the dimensional rift to conquer the Earth. Freeman and his friends begin a struggle against Combine, still unaware of the G-man's true intentions.


Half-Life games are for the most part composed of straightforward first-person shooter gameplay. However, some of the tasks in the games require specific actions, sometimes resulting in moderate platform exercises (jumping) and mild puzzle-solving activities. The games include many scripted events and action-oriented set pieces, complementing their linear nature. The first Half-Life (1998) was also notable for popularizing seamless cutscenes, during which the player's control of the main character was retained.


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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Half-Life1998Linux, Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.15
Half-Life: Further Data V.21999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc....
Half-Life: Further Data V.11999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc....
Half-Life: Uplink1999WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.4.16
Half-Life: Adrenaline Pack1999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.2.64
Half-Life: Opposing Force1999Linux, Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.79
Half-Life: Game of the Year Edition1999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.71
Half-Life: Initial Encounter1999WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc....
Half-Life: Platinum2000WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.2.80
Ricochet2000Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve L.L.C.2.50
Half-Life: Counter-Strike2000Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxMicrosoft Game Studios3.22
Half-Life: Blue Shift2001Linux, Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.74
Half-Life2001PlayStation 2Sierra On-Line, Inc.3.55
Half-Life: Platinum Collection - 20022002WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.2.38
Half-Life: Generation2002WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.2.03
Half-Life 22004Android, Linux, Macintosh, Windows, XboxElectronic Arts, Inc.4.10
Codename: Gordon2004WindowsValve Corporation3.31
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch2004Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation3.19
Half-Life 2 (Collector's Edition)2004WindowsVivendi Universal Games, Inc.3.88
Half-Life 2 (Gold Edition)2004WindowsValve Corporation3.75
Half-Life 1: Anthology2005WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.5.00
Half-Life 2: Game of the Year Edition2005WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.63
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast2005Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation3.78
Half-Life: Deathmatch - Source2005WindowsValve Corporation...
Half-Life: Source2005Linux, Macintosh, WindowsValve Corporation4.03
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Selected Covers

Half-Life: Source Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Half-Life: Source
Codename: Gordon Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Codename: Gordon
Half-Life: Platinum Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Half-Life: Platinum
Half-Life 2 Xbox Front Cover
Front cover for Half-Life 2

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Half-Life: Uplink
Entering the high-security reception area of the Black Mesa Research Facility.
Screenshot from Half-Life: Source
Main game screen
Screenshot from Codename: Gordon
Main menu
Screenshot from Half-Life 2
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