Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance must escape City 17 following the explosion of its fusion reactor.



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Credited cast:
Dr. Eli Vance (voice)
Vortigaunt (voice) (as Lou Gossett jr.)
Alyx Vance (voice)
Michael Shapiro ...
G-Man / Barney Calhoun (voice)
Harry S. Robins ...
Citizens / Misc. characters (voice)
Mary Kae Irvin ...
Citizens / Misc. characters (voice)
Ellen McLain ...
Overwatch (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Judith Mossman- Spanish


The first of three in the episodic series that potentially make up what could be called Half-Life 3, Half-Life 2: Episode One takes place directly after the events of Half-Life 2. You play, again, as the famous Gordon Freeman, this time running away from the unstable Citadel, which is collapsing from the preceding events in Half-Life 2. With Alyx Vance at your side, you must battle through the remaining enemies left in City 17 in an attempt to escape almost certain peril. Written by MB

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The original title of the game was "Aftermath" and was intended to be an expansion pack. After Valve decided to switch from expansion pack to episodic delivery, the name was changed to "Episode One." See more »


In level "Low Life" the player is trying to reach the surface via an underground parking lot. At level P5 antlions attack from underground burrows. However level P5 is not the ground floor. Under P5 is P6. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Wallace Breen: Tell me, Dr. Freeman, if you can. You have destroyed so much. What is it, exactly, that you have created? Can you name even one thing? I thought not.
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Follows Half-Life: Counter-Strike (2000) See more »

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For the hardcore fans of the series, it's a must!!!
14 June 2006 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

First off, the main thing you notice when playing this game is it's length. In about three hours, its done and the only thing to do then is to wait for episode 2, but, of course, it's a trilogy so when it's all put together, it'll make one big game. The game is pretty dark and it still keeps the Half-Life blood pumping through its veins. It augments the atmosphere with excellent special effects and sound and some of the games aspects have been tweaked. The difficulty can be a bit mediocre, but can get difficult in dark rooms with zombies swarming from all sides. These games open a whole new portal for the series AND gamers alike. The G-Man doesn't play as much of a part as in previous games, in fact, he really just plays a cameo, but he would just get in the way of this exhilarating game. For 30 euro, its a bit steep for such short game, but at the same time, its money well spent. You can get it through STEAM but you can only play it on that PC, whereas I got the CD. The decision is entirely up to you: get one of the best games for Half-Life or keep playing Half-Life 2 over and over again. Three hours is enough to keep you amused for as long as you like!

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