Half-Life 2

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Half-Life 2
Half-Life 2 - cover.jpg
Release dates
November 16, 2004
May 26, 2010
May 9, 2013
Half-Life 2 at SteamDB
 Half-Life 2 at Wikipedia
Half-Life 1998
Half-Life: Opposing Force 1999
Half-Life: Blue Shift 2001
Half-Life: Source 2004
Half-Life 2 2004
Half-Life 2: Deathmatch 2004
Half-Life 2: Lost Coast 2005
Half-Life Deathmatch: Source 2006
Half-Life 2: Episode One 2006
Half-Life 2: Episode Two 2007
Half-Life: Decay (unofficial mod) 2008
Black Mesa TBA

Key points

Information Installing the Update mod is recommended to fix numerous bugs introduced by the 2009 Orange Box update.
Advantage Runs on low-end hardware.[1]
Advantage Numerous mods are available for the game, including new levels and completely new game modes.

General information

More information GitHub Issue Tracker for Linux bugs in Half-Life 2 and other Source-based games
More information Steam Community Discussions
More information Steam Users' Forums
More information Unofficial Half-Life Wiki


Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Green Man Gaming Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Steam Availability Table Icons - Steam.svg
Advantage Soundtrack is available for free in here.
Information All versions require Steam.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Skip intros

  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use -novid

Enabling the console[edit]

Information A list of console commands can be found here.

Fix Command line

  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use -console then in the console write bind F2 "toggleconsole"

Fix Options menu

  1. Go to Options, select the Keyboard tab and click on Advanced.
  2. Check Enable the developer console and open the console by using ~.


Information An extra list of mods can be found here.
Information To view the most-rated mods, click here.

Half-Life 2: Survivor[edit]

Advantage An unofficial port of the Japanese arcade version.
Information This mod does not require Steam in order to run, but it requires you to use old files from Source SDK Base 2006. Click at the link above for more info.

Half-Life 2: Update[edit]

Advantage An unofficial update that fixes bugs, improves the lighting, draw distance and adds new effects among others.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

Steam <path-to-game>/hl2/cfg/

Save game data location[edit]

Steam <path-to-game>/hl2/save/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud Native support
GameSave Manager Native support

Video settings[edit]

In-game general video settings.
In-game advanced video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Native support WSGF WS Gold.svg
Multi-monitor Native support WSGF MM Silver.svg
Ultra-widescreen Native support WSGF UW Gold.svg
4K Ultra HD Native support WSGF Incomplete.svg Interface scales poorly.
Field of view (FOV) Native support Between 75° and 90° horizontal.[2]
Windowed Native support
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Native support
Anti-aliasing (AA) Native support
Vertical sync (Vsync) Native support
60 FPS Native support
120+ FPS Native support No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[3] Can be changed further by changing "fps_max" in the developer console.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Fix Instructions

  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use -window -noborder


Information For the Oculus Rift, set vr_force_windowed 1 in the developer console.

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game mouse/gamepad settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native support
Mouse acceleration Native support
Mouse input in menus Native support
Mouse Y-axis inversion Native support
Controller support Native support Use the console command "exec 360controller" to make weapon selection menu work properly.
Full controller support No native support
Controller remapping Native support
Controller Y-axis inversion Native support

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Native support Game volume and music slider.
Surround sound Native support 4.0, 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound.
Subtitles Native support
Closed captions Native support
Mute on focus lost Native support Under a check box in the Audio menu.


Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native support Native support Native support
Czech Native support No native support Native support
Simplified Chinese Native support Native support Unknown
Traditional Chinese Native support Native support Unknown
Danish Native support Unknown Unknown
Dutch Native support Unknown Unknown
Finnish Native support No native support Native support
French Native support Native support Unknown
German Native support Native support Unknown
Italian Native support Native support Unknown
Japanese Native support Unknown Unknown
Korean Native support Native support Unknown
Norwegian Native support Unknown Unknown
Polish Native support Unknown Unknown
Portuguese Native support Unknown Unknown
Russian Native support Native support Native support
Spanish Native support Native support Unknown
Swedish Native support Unknown Unknown
Thai Native support Native support Unknown


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Unknown
Online play Hackable 10 Use Synergy.

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Unknown
Peer-to-peer Unknown
Dedicated Native support
Self-hosting Native support See Documentation: Dedicated Servers.
Direct IP Unknown

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D No native support Unknown icon.svg
Nvidia 3D Vision Native support GG3D gold.svg
TriDef 3D Native support GG3D gold.svg
iZ3D Native support GG3D platinum.svg
Devices Native Notes
3RD Space Gaming Vest Native support
Novint Falcon Native support
Oculus Rift Native support Available under Video Settings. See the Oculus Rift forums for further instructions.
Razer Hydra Native support

Issues fixed[edit]


Information TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game which can be found here.

Purple and black textures[edit]

Information See missing textures.

No lighting after Black Mesa East[edit]

Fix Activate the High Dynamic Range in the Advanced Video Options

Stuck in Black Mesa East[edit]

Fix Walk into the elevator, Quick Save F6, then Quick Load F9.

Not enough space on disk (retail)[edit]

Fix Copy the files

  • Copy all the files from the disc to a new folder, then run setup.exe

Available memory less than 128 MB[edit]

Fix Setting the compatibility mode

  1. See compatibility mode.
  2. Navigate to <path-to-game> and find hl2.exe
  3. Set the executable to run under the Windows XP (Service Pack 3) compatibility mode.

Half-Life 2 stuck on DirectX v8.0[edit]

Fix Command line parameter

  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Use -dxlevel 95, start the game and configure the desired video settings.
  3. Remove the command line before starting the game again.


Information Not removing the command line will cause the game to set the options to their default values.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 6, 7, 8, 8.1, 9
OpenGL 2.1 OS X and Linux only.
Shader Model support 2, 3
64-bit executable Native support OS X and Linux only.[citation needed]


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok Heavily modified variant.
Audio Miles Sound System
Cutscenes Bink Video

Launch options[edit]

Information A list of command lines can be found here and here.

Fix Instructions

  1. See Command line arguments.
  2. Enter your commands.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
XP, Vista, 7
Processor (CPU)
1.7 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
4.6 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700
ATi Radeon 9500
128 MB of VRAM
NVIDIA GeForce 6800
ATi Radeon X800
Operating system (OS) 10.5.8, 10.6.3
Processor (CPU) 1.7 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4.6 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 8
ATI X1600
Intel HD 3000


  1. Tested by Nicereddy.
  2. Field of View - Valve Developer Community
  3. New 120Hz Games Report