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1998. Half-Life sends a shock through the game industry with its combination of pounding action and continuous, immersive storytelling. Valve's debut title wins more than 50 game-of-the-year awards on its way to being named "Best PC Game Ever" by PC Gamer.
NOW. By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors, and even emotions, of both friends and enemies.
The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people he cares about are counting on him.
Half-Life 2 GPU Performance Comparison Graph

Half-Life 2 GPU Analysis
Comparing Half-Life 2 PC system requirements to all GPUs shows that Half-Life 2 is going to need a graphics card that is capable of DX 7 or OpenGL 1.2.

Half-Life 2 makes use of DX8.00 so a GPU with that capability could benefit from enhanced visuals.

To get the best visual graphical experience on Half-Life 2, aim to have a GPU that has at least 64 MB GPU RAM.

Most bottom end graphics cards currently available today, will probably allow you to play Half-Life 2

We are advised that 20 year old graphics cards should be able to run Half-Life 2 , but there could be a few exceptions to this rule.

Note that most games do not officially support laptop graphics cards, but nowadays many laptop graphics solutions are capable of running modern games. Whether desktop graphics cards or laptop, try searching for your graphics card to compare against the Half-Life 2 graphics card requirements chart below.