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Game general and emulation properties:
ESRB rating: M (Blood and Gore, Violence)
PEGI rating: 16+
Game supports USB keyboard
Game supports USB mouse
Widescreen supported natively
Widescreen patch available
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-50504 & SLUS-20066
German: SLES-50505
French: SLES-50507
Spanish: SLES-50509
Italian: SLES-50508
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20066
Release date: November 11, 2001
CRCs: A880AE9B
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-50504
SLES-50505 (Germany)
SLES-50507 (France)
SLES-50508 (Italy)
SLES-50509 (Spain)
Release date: November 30, 2001
CRCs: F9E3CF90
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: Playable
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): Gearbox Software
Publisher(s): Sierra Entertainment (US, EU), Vivendi Universal Games (EU)
Genre: Action, Shooter, Arcade
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: Metacritic87/100
Game description: Deep in the bowels of the Black Mesa Federal Research Facility, a decommissioned missile base, a top-secret experiment goes terribly wrong. As aliens come through the walls and a military death squad shoots everything in sight, young research associate Gordon Freeman must scramble to stay alive. Find your way through the monster-ridden areas of Black Mesa using your wits, limited security clearance, and a variety of weapons, ranging from a crowbar and pistols to a rocket launcher and grenades. With split-screen deathmatch and its exclusive "Decay" single-player and multiplayer cooperative modes, Half-Life is an action experience like no other.
Play as Gordon Freeman, a scientist at Black Mesa, as you try to escape the facility which has been overrun by alien lifeforms.

Winlogo.png Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
  • Intel Pentium E2160 @ 2.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9600GT
GSdx (r4455)
  • SPU2-X 1.4.0
  • LilyPad 0.10.0
BIOS: USA v02.00, 50/50 FPS Machina
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.40 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 @ 768 MB
1.1.0 (r5452) GSdx SSE41 (r5442)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Runs at 200-300% speed.
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i5 @ 3.00 GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce 210 @ 512 MB
1.2.1 (2014-02-02) GSdx (r5875)
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0 (r5830)
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 (r5822)
Runs at 60 FPS at any time during the game, it works great.
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i5-3230m
  • AMD Radeon HD 7600m
1.5.0 2266 GSdx DirectX 11 Hardware, 2x Native, Bilinear (PS2 Texture Filtering). Perfect

Linlogo.png Test configurations on Linux:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
PAL Xubuntu 17.04
  • Intel Core i5-3350P @ 3.50 GHz
  • AMD Radeon RX 480
1.5.0 (dev-2175) GSdx (2017-08-16)
  • SPU2-X (2017-08-16)
  • OnePad 2.0.0
The game is having slowdown tendencies on any resolution, despite the speed being at constant ~100%. Mostly acceptable when playing single-player, but co-op (Decay) can start "slide-showing" at what visibly seems to be around 10 FPS during more intense moments. Some minor graphical glitches (mostly lighting) are also present, but otherwise the game is quite playable.


  • Widescreen crops the top and bottom of the 4:3 image, meaning less visible viewing area than when played in 4:3.

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