Half-Life 2

Game review by Aaron Lazenby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

A game filled with unnerving gore and violence.

Windows 2004

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 46 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 199 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Seriously? Not for kids?

Yes, this game can be gory, but the "excessive" is overstating it. Half-Life 2 is not for adults only.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
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age 14+

BEST SHOOTER GAME EVER... if halo didnt exist

Half life 1 inspired many great games to come into existence, from the unforgettable story of Master Chief in halo, to flash games like "Zombotron". Half Life was the greatest shooter game... until halo came along. I would rate 6 stars out of 5 because Gordon Freeman is literally god, but halo was better. This game was more important than halo by a long shot, dont get me wrong, but halo... was the better franchise. But still without HL halo wouldnt exist, and HL2 was better than Half Life, but still... you may wanna play this before you play halo or you will be crushed.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Valve
  • Release date: November 23, 2004
  • Genre: First-Person Shooter
  • ESRB rating: M
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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