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Pirate Half Life 2 on shelves in Russia

Reports suggest that 2004's most wanted has been translated by Russian pirates

One of the most highly anticipated games of 2004, Valve Software's Half Life 2, has appeared on shelves in the Russian city of Novosibirsk - in the form of a two disk pirated edition.

Reports today suggest that the game is based on the leaked version which appeared on the Internet late last year. However, this version has allegedly been tidied up and made fully playable by the Russian pirates - who have also translated all of the text into Russian.

According to a source quoted by technology news site The Inquirer, which also publishes images of the pirate title's CD case, the game is indeed fully playable, but has plot inconsistencies in places - presumably where unfinished parts of levels are missing.

The news will come as a further blow to Valve, which has previously blamed the leak of this early version of the game for the current delays being experienced by the title.

The Inquirer

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