Now here is a pleasant surprise. Valve has just made the first Half-Life game available for free on Steam. Until November 20th, PC gamers can visit its Steam store page and acquire their free copy.
Half-Life is Valve’s debut title which originally came out in 1998. This was one of the first FPS games that managed to provide a cinematic experience. Not only that but it came with a multiplayer mode, and it was friendly to modders. Let’s also not forget that some truly incredible MP games originated from it. Counter-Strike anyone? Or how about Team Fortress Classic? Half-Life was a phenomenon when it came out.
So, if for some reason you don’t own this classic FPS, you can go ahead and acquire your free copy from Steam. As said, the game will be free until November 20th. So, grab it while you still can.
Speaking of Half-Life, I also suggest taking a look at these amazing mods for it. For instance, there is an incredible Path Tracing Mod that you can download. This mod was created by sultim_t, the man behind the Path Tracing mods for Doom, Serious Sam TFE and Quake. Then we have this AI-enhanced HD Texture Pack. And if for some reason you don’t like these mods, you can give Half-Life: Enriched a go. Half-Life: Enriched aims to rework all of the original Half-Life maps in the single-player campaign. Lastly, Half-Life: Delta is a total conversion mod, featuring 4 chapters and 31 gameplay maps.
Apparently, Valve has just removed the “Get Half-Life” section of the store page. So I guess it was a mistake (or someone pushed the free button earlier than planned). We’ll be sure to update this story when the game becomes available for free again.
UPDATE 2: Half-Life is now free to own on Steam. Until November 20th, you can acquire your free copy. Valve has also released a one-hour documentary that you can find below.
John is the founder and Editor in Chief at DSOGaming. He is a PC gaming fan and highly supports the modding and indie communities. Before creating DSOGaming, John worked on numerous gaming websites. While he is a die-hard PC gamer, his gaming roots can be found on consoles. John loved – and still does – the 16-bit consoles, and considers SNES to be one of the best consoles. Still, the PC platform won him over consoles. That was mainly due to 3DFX and its iconic dedicated 3D accelerator graphics card, Voodoo 2. John has also written a higher degree thesis on the “The Evolution of PC graphics cards.”