| Release dates
November 16, 2004
May 26, 2010
May 9, 2013
|Half-Life: Opposing Force||1999|
|Half-Life: Blue Shift||2001|
|Half-Life: Decay (unofficial port/mod)||2001|
|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|
|Black Mesa (unofficial mod)||2012|
- Using launch options you can skip intro videos or enable borderless fullscreen windowed.
- Numerous mods are available for the game, including new levels and completely new game modes.
- Runs well on low-end hardware.
- A number of menu options including an FOV slider, Vsync, and key remapping.
- No frame rate or refresh rate cap.
- GitHub Issue Tracker for Linux bugs in Half-Life 2 and other Source-based games
- Steam Community Discussions
- Steam Users' Forums
- Unofficial Half-Life Wiki
- 1 Availability
- 2 Versions
- 3 Essential improvements
- 4 Game data
- 5 Video settings
- 6 Input settings
- 7 Audio settings
- 8 Issues fixed
- 9 Other information
- 10 System requirements
- 11 References
- All versions require Steam.
Half-Life 2: Survivor
A heavily modified version of Half-Life 2 released on June 28, 2006 for Japanese arcades. It is focused purely on combat with extra content added in to appeal to Japanese gamers. Some content previously cut from Half-Life 2 is reimplemented.
An unofficial PC port can be found on the Facepunch forums.
Skip intro videos
-novid • Link
- For popular mods see ModDB's "Half-Life 2 Mods" section.
Installing Source mods
Installing from Desura • Link
- See the Black Mesa page for instructions on installation.
The Stanley Parable
- The original Stanley Parable mod is available on ModDB. It requires the Source SDK on Windows and Half-Life 2 on OS X. It can be downloaded using the Desura client. May require restarting for it to show up in your Steam library.
- The full Steam release can be found at The Stanley Parable.
Dear Esther (Mod)
- This is the original Source engine mod, Dear Esther. For the full release see our Dear Esther page.
- The original Dear Esther mod is available on Desura but is only usable on Windows. The full version is playable natively on Windows, OS X, and Linux.
No More Room in Hell
- No longer requires Half-Life 2. Available as a stand-alone for free on Steam, see No More Room in Hell for more information.
- See the The Hidden for instructions on installing.
Save game data location
Configuration file(s) location
|Field of view (FOV)||Slider limited to 75 to 90 FOV. See Field of view (FOV).|
|Borderless fullscreen windowed||See Borderless fullscreen windowed.|
|Anisotropic filtering (AF)|
|Vertical sync (Vsync)|
|Oculus Rift||Available under Video Settings. See Oculus Rift for more information.|
|High frame rate||No frame rate or refresh rate cap.|
-window -noborder • Link
- By default VR mode will run full screen, to switch back to a borderless windowed set the
- For further help getting the Oculus Rift working in Half-Life 2, see this thread on the Oculus Rift forums.
|Keyboard and mouse||Native||Notes|
|Mouse input in menus|
|Mouse Y-axis inversion|
|Full controller support|
|Controller Y-axis inversion|
|Separate volume controls||Over-all game volume and separate music slider.|
|Surround sound||7.1, 5.1 surround sound, 4 speaker surround.|
|Mute on focus lost||"Silence the audio while the game window is in the background" check box.|
Purple and black broken textures
- A generic fix for this issue can be found on our Source engine page.
No lighting after Black Mesa East
Activate High Dynamic Range in the Advanced Video Options • Link
Stuck in Black Mesa East
Quick save and reload the save • Link
- TweakGuides has created a comprehensive guide for fixing issues in this game. It can be found here.
Not enough space on disk (retail)
Copy files • Link
"Available memory less than 128 MB" Error
Run in compatibility mode • Link
Half-Life 2 stuck on DirectX v8.0
Force With -dxlevel 95 • Link
- Games running on the Source engine can utilize Source Engine Console Commands for various tasks.
Enabling the console in Source games • Link
- You can also have the console open by default on launch by following this guide:
-console • Link
- View this Steam Support Article regarding launch options as well as the relevant Valve Developer wiki page for further information and a list of useful Source engine launch options.
Enabling a launch parameter • Link
|Operating system (OS)|| |
XP, Vista, 7
|Processor (CPU)|| |
|System memory (RAM)||512 MB||1 GB|
|Hard disk drive (HDD)|| |
|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 |
Intel HD 3000