Previous Half-Life Games Are Free Until The Launch Of Alyx

Listed on the Steam announcement page are Half-Life and Half-Life 2, as well as the latter's Episode 1 and Episode 2. Therefore, you can only play the old Half-Life games for free until Half-Life: Alyx comes out.

Half-Life: Alyx might not have an exact release date just yet, but there's really not all that long until March rolls around.

And to mark the release of the highly anticipated Half-Life VR game Valve has announced that all HL games are now free to play for Steam users.

Now old and new gamers alike can relive all of that thanks to Valve's generous offer.

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"Half-Life: Alyx is set before the events of Half-Life 2 and the episodes, but the games share characters and story elements", writes Valve in a recent blog post.

The preceding Half-Life titles were immensely popular on release, and Valve often discounts them during its Steam sales, too.

They're making it as easy as possible by giving the games away for free until Half-Life: Alyx's release in March. The rest, as they say, is gaming history and Half-Lif quickly grew a cult following that generated fan-made content, both short videos and mods, for years to come. At the very least, it's probably worth playing through Half-Life 2 again so that Alyx, which is set before Gordon Freeman arrived in City 17, will make sense to you. Also, it's a chance to play more Half-Life, and though the series is so enshrined it's nearly more legend than actual game at this point, that will never be a bad thing.

In case essentially renting the entire Half-Life franchise isn't enough, though, you can buy them in the Half-Life Complete bundle, which is now 40% off.

  • Delia Davidson