Half-Life 2’s public reception was amazingly positive in a lot of reviews, and it had over 6.5 million sales as of 2008. But this does not include Steam purchases, these transactions are putting the estimate at 9 million sales of Half Life 2 alone.
Metacritic ranked Half Life 2 a astonishing 96 out of 100, it is the highest game ever rated for PC on the network.
Half-Life 2 earned more then 39 Game of the Year awards, including Overall Game of the Year at IGN, GameSpot’s Reader’s Choice — PC Game of the Year Award and Game of the Year from The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences.
Guinness World Records awarded Half-Life 2 the world record for "Highest Rated Shooter by PC Gamer Magazine" in 2008.