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Valve is making Half-Life free

Be careful how you say that. It’s Half-Life “free”, not Half-Life “three”. If you say that one wrong, people will get very upset.

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Be careful how you say that. It’s Half-Life free, not Half-Life three. If you say that one wrong, people will get very upset.

Valve surprised the world, late last year, when it announced it was in fact still making video games. We were all even more surprised when they announced it’s a new Half-Life game.

It may not be Half-Life 3. It may be a virtual reality exclusive. But we’re still excited for Half-Life: Alyx, dammit.

What’s strange to us old-timers is that there’s a generation of players who have no idea why a new Half-Life game is such a big deal. They’ve nodded along to the jokes about Valve not releasing the third game in a series without really knowing why. There are kids at high school who weren’t alive when Valve last released a Half-Life game. (God, we feel old.)

So if you are one of those fortunate youngsters who have no idea why Half-Life is so important, or maybe you just missed it the first time around, then you are in for a treat. Valve has announced it is making the other games in the Half-Life series – that’s Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1 and Half-Life 2: Episode 2 – free for the next couple of months. You’ll also get all of the DLC, Opposing Force, Blue Shift, and Team Fortress Classic included in the bundle.

The Half-Life collection is free until Half-Life: Alyx’s release in March 2020. And if you are one of those people the game has passed by? Give it a go. It looks a bit wonky by today’s visual standards, but the experience is exemplary.


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