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Source (game engine)

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The game was developed alongside Valve's Steam software and the Source engine.
It debuted as the successor to GoldSrc with Counter-Strike: Source in June 2004, followed shortly by Half-Life 2 in November, and has been in active development since.

Combine (Half-Life)

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Taking place some years after the events of Half-Life, protagonist Gordon Freeman is awakened by the enigmatic G-Man to find the world has been taken over by the alien Combine.
The Combine is a multidimensional empire which serves as the primary antagonistic force in the 2004 video game Half-Life 2, and the subsequent episodes developed by Valve Corporation.

Alyx Vance

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Joined by allies including resistance fighter Alyx Vance, Gordon searches for a way to free humanity using a variety of weapons, including the object-manipulating Gravity Gun.
Alyx Vance is a non-player character in Valve's 2004 first-person shooter video game Half-Life 2, and its following episodes Half-Life 2: Episode One and Episode Two.

Half-Life 2: Episode One

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It was followed by the sequels Episode One (2006) and Episode Two (2007). During Electronic Arts' summer press event on July 13, 2006, Gabe Newell announced that Half-Life 2 would ship on next-generation consoles (specifically, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) along with episodes One and Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal in a package called The Orange Box.
Half-Life 2: Episode One (stylized as HλLF-LIFE 2 : EPISODE ONE) is a first-person shooter video game, the first in an intended series of episodes that would serve as the sequels to Half-Life 2 (2004).

Steam (software)

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The game was developed alongside Valve's Steam software and the Source engine.
Valve's Half-Life 2 was the first game to require installation of the Steam client to play, even for retail copies.

List of Game of the Year awards

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The game won 39 "Game of the Year" awards and the title of "Game of the Decade" at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest games of all time.

Half-Life 2: Episode Two

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It was followed by the sequels Episode One (2006) and Episode Two (2007). During Electronic Arts' summer press event on July 13, 2006, Gabe Newell announced that Half-Life 2 would ship on next-generation consoles (specifically, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) along with episodes One and Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal in a package called The Orange Box.
Half-Life 2: Episode Two (stylized as HλLF-LIFE 2 : EPISODE TWO) is a first-person shooter video game, the second in a series of episodic sequels to the 2004 Half-Life 2.

First-person shooter

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Half-Life 2 (stylized as HλLF-LIFE 2 ) is a first-person shooter video game developed and published by Valve Corporation.
1998's Half-Life—along with its 2004 sequel Half-Life 2—enhanced the narrative and puzzle elements.

Spike Video Game Awards

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The game won 39 "Game of the Year" awards and the title of "Game of the Decade" at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest games of all time.

Gravity gun

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Joined by allies including resistance fighter Alyx Vance, Gordon searches for a way to free humanity using a variety of weapons, including the object-manipulating Gravity Gun.
The concept was popularized by the gravity gun found in Valve's Half-Life 2, as well as the Temporal Uplink found in Free Radical Design's TimeSplitters: Future Perfect; although a similar concept was used by id Software during the production of the earlier game Doom 3, eventually leading to the introduction of a physics-based weapon in the expansion pack Resurrection of Evil.

Gordon Freeman

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Taking place some years after the events of Half-Life, protagonist Gordon Freeman is awakened by the enigmatic G-Man to find the world has been taken over by the alien Combine. Some years after Gordon Freeman and other scientists accidentally opened a portal to a dimension of hostile aliens at the Black Mesa Research Facility, Freeman is awoken from stasis by the mysterious G-Man.
In Half-Life 2 Gordon receives the upgraded Mark V suit, which lacks the long-jump module but gains several new abilities.

Characters of Half-Life

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The G-Man inserts Gordon into a train arriving at City 17, site of the Combine Citadel, where Dr. Wallace Breen, the former Black Mesa administrator who negotiated Earth's surrender, governs as the Combine's puppet ruler.
This is a list of characters in the Half-Life video game series, which comprises Half-Life, Half-Life 2 and their respective expansion packs and episodes.

G-Man (Half-Life)

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Taking place some years after the events of Half-Life, protagonist Gordon Freeman is awakened by the enigmatic G-Man to find the world has been taken over by the alien Combine. Some years after Gordon Freeman and other scientists accidentally opened a portal to a dimension of hostile aliens at the Black Mesa Research Facility, Freeman is awoken from stasis by the mysterious G-Man.
The book Half-Life 2: Raising the Bar states that his appearance in Half-Life 2 is based on Frank Sheldon.

Half-Life 2: Lost Coast

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One such example is high dynamic range rendering, which Valve first demonstrated in a free downloadable level called Lost Coast for owners of Half-Life 2.
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast (stylized as HλLF-LIFE 2 : LOST COAST) is an additional level for the 2004 first-person shooter video game Half-Life 2.

Internet leak

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This resulted in the leak of the Half-Life 2 source code and many other files including maps, models and a playable early version of the game in early September 2003.
In 2003 a hacker exploited a security hole in Microsoft's Outlook to get the complete source of the video game Half-Life 2, which was under development at the time. The complete source was soon available in various file sharing networks. This leak was rumored to be the cause of the game's delay, but later was stated not to be.

Counter-Strike: Source

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Several other games use the Source engine, including Day of Defeat: Source and Counter-Strike: Source, both of which were also developed by Valve.
On August 18, 2004, the beta was released to owners of Counter-Strike: Condition Zero as well as those who had received a Half-Life 2 voucher bundled with some ATI Radeon video cards.

Video game graphics

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It was praised for its advanced physics, animation, sound, AI, graphics, and narrative.
Examples of games that make use of pseudo-3D techniques include Zaxxon, The Sims and Diablo (isometric/axonometric projection); Ultima VII and Paperboy (oblique projection); Sonic the Hedgehog and Street Fighter II (parallax scrolling); Fonz and Space Harrier (scaling); and Half-Life 2 (skyboxes).

Half-Life (video game)

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It is the sequel to 1998's Half-Life and was released in November 2004 following a five-year $40 million development.
It was followed in 2004 by Half-Life 2.

Valve Corporation

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Half-Life 2 (stylized as HλLF-LIFE 2 ) is a first-person shooter video game developed and published by Valve Corporation.
After the success of Half-Life, the team worked on mods, spin-offs, and sequels, including Half-Life 2.

List of video games considered the best

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The game won 39 "Game of the Year" awards and the title of "Game of the Decade" at the 2012 Spike Video Game Awards, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest games of all time.

The Orange Box

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During Electronic Arts' summer press event on July 13, 2006, Gabe Newell announced that Half-Life 2 would ship on next-generation consoles (specifically, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) along with episodes One and Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal in a package called The Orange Box.
Two of the games included, Half-Life 2 and its first stand-alone expansion, Episode One, had previously been released as separate products.

Locations of Half-Life

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The G-Man inserts Gordon into a train arriving at City 17, site of the Combine Citadel, where Dr. Wallace Breen, the former Black Mesa administrator who negotiated Earth's surrender, governs as the Combine's puppet ruler. Some years after Gordon Freeman and other scientists accidentally opened a portal to a dimension of hostile aliens at the Black Mesa Research Facility, Freeman is awoken from stasis by the mysterious G-Man.
Black Mesa East is the name of the base for the Lambda Resistance on the outskirts of City 17. It is featured briefly in Half-Life 2, where it acts as the base of operations for Eli Vance, the leader of the human Lambda Resistance against the ruling Combine.

Gabe Newell

On October 2, 2003, Valve CEO Gabe Newell publicly revealed on Half-Life fan forums the events that Valve experienced around the time of the leak, and asked users to help find the perpetrators.
During production on Half-Life 2, he spent several months focusing on the Steam project.

Day of Defeat: Source

Several other games use the Source engine, including Day of Defeat: Source and Counter-Strike: Source, both of which were also developed by Valve.
Day of Defeat: Source was first announced for Microsoft Windows during the development of Half-Life 2, the flagship game of the Source engine, as one of several of the Valve Corporation's GoldSrc powered games to be remade on the new game engine.

PC Gamer

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Sources, such as GameSpy, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The New York Times, and VideoGamer.com, have given perfect reviewing scores, and others, such as PC Gamer, IGN, GamesRadar, and Eurogamer, gave near-perfect scores, while the game became the fifth title to receive Edge magazine's ten-out-of-ten score.
In the UK edition, no game has yet been awarded more than 96% (Kerbal Space Program, Civilization II, Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Minecraft, Spelunky and Quake II). In the US edition, no game has yet received a rating higher than 98% (Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri, Half-Life 2, and Crysis).