Showing posts with label Half-Life 2. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Half-Life 2. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Half-Life Games Will Be Free-to-Play Through March 2020

Valve made announcement of making Half-Life series of games free-to-play for next two months on Steam.

On 21st anniversary celebration of original Half-Life series of games, developer/publisher Valve Corporation made announcement of their upcoming flagship VR game titled Half-Life: Alyx that is set to arrive soon on March 2020.

Keeping that in mind, Valve has recently made Half-Life games free-to-play on Steam for next two months, until Alyx launches. This is a huge opportunity for all newcomers and veteran players to catch up to this iconic franchise once again.

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Half-Life Games Will Be Free-to-Play Through March 2020

RELATED: Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

From original Half-Life of 1998 to its latter addition of DLC missions like Blue Shift and Opposing Force are included. Also joining this free lineup is Half-Life 2 with its add-on episodes; Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

Valve has made it so that players can now play these old titles to get acquainted with characters and story elements while catching up to all past events that have led things to their VR-exclusive Half-Life prequel game HL: A.

RELATED: Half-Life: Alyx for VR Announced

Mainline games of HL series features theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman as protagonist who tries to save humanity from an alien invasion that originated from an inter-dimensional rift created after an experiment gone wrong.

Entire series received critical-acclaim from critics and players alike for its narrative style and puzzle solving. One of his closest allies named Alyx Vance will be appearing as lead character in next virtual reality game of the franchise.

RELATED: Half-Life: Alyx Revealed

After sitting down for more than a decade, Valve has finally returned to game development business. Although fans are not getting long-anticipated Half-Life 3 just yet, a VR game set within same universe has everyone hyped regardless.

Entire first-person shooter games of Half-Life are currently available for Linux, Mac and PC platform. Half-Life: Alyx would run compatible with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index headsets.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

According to a series of leaked image, Valve is developing new VR headset for what seems like a Half-Life prequel game.

Before getting into business of running Steam, digital distribution platform for video games, Valve Corporation was responsible for Half-Life and Left 4 Dead series of games, none of which got a third installment in nearly a decade.

According to leaked images from online image sharing community site Imgur, Valve is currently working on and soon will unveil their very own VR headset that is completely separate from HTC Vive gear they are supporting right now.

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Valve Rumored to Develop VR Headset for Half-Life Prequel

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These leaked images found by UploadVR suggest that the Valve device is still in prototype stage but they are trying to make it equivalent to the HTC display of virtual reality technology that will offer a 135 degree field of view when finished.

They appear to have two cameras and integrated headphones included in it with possibility of adding new "Knuckles" motion controllers. The same source also hinted that this gadget could come out bundled with a brand-new Half-Life game from the company.

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VR "Knuckles" Hand Controller

RELATED: Job Listing Suggests Left 4 Dead 3 in Development?

Apparently, this rumored project is not the long-awaited Half-Life 3 but a prequel game that would feature the return of Dr. Gordon Freeman to fight aliens once again in a fictional immersive world that Valve originally built.

Although they came up with two more episodes for Half-Life 2, a third game is still stuck at planning stage as it seems. So, we suggest you take any mystery news of a prequel or a brand-new sequel with grain of salt.

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Valve VR Headset Lenses

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Back in March 2018, President Gabe Newell of Valve have announced they are returning back to development and start shipping games again but are not indicating at upcoming digital collectible card game Artifact by that.

For years, there were rumors flying on live-action movies being pitched for Half-Life and Portal franchise too. With their newly developed VR compatible software and hardware, Valve may come back to dominate video game market once again.

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VR Headset With Valve Logo (Up Left)

RELATED: Valve Will Stop Policing on Steam

This is not the first time fans of acclaimed FPS series hearing of a potential Half-Life game, VR or not. Back in 2016, players found phrase "HLVR" in Dota 2 by digging deep inside code and Steam VR app also had a mention of it.

We even heard about multiple projects on the fan-favorite franchise being pitched or maybe developed but never saw a single one coming after Half-Life 2: Episode 2 in 2007, yet everyone is hoping that these rumors turn true this time.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Classic Valve Titles are Backwards Compatible and Xbox One X Enhanced

Classic Valve Titles from Xbox 360 platform are now Xbox One X enhanced and backward compatible.

Fans of classic titles from developer/publisher Valve Corporation have been yearning for so long to get a sequel for their favorite games from old days for too long but at this moment they are busy with projects like Artifact and In the Valley of Gods.

However, some of those notable fan-favorite classics from Xbox 360 era are returning to modern day Xbox One console with astounding 4K enhancements for Xbox One X, courtesy of the backward compatibility feature of the Microsoft gaming platform.

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Classic Valve Titles are Xbox One X Enhanced Backwards Compatible

RELATED: Crysis Trilogy is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

An anthology collection Half-Life 2: The Orange Box, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2 and Portal: Still Alive have been added to a list of enhanced games for Xbox One X along with 17 other that has been updated for the platform to run at higher resolution.

Now you can revisit and enjoy these old games once again at 9X the original pixel from existing assets. Other remarkable Xbox 360 enhanced titles includes the likes of Red Dead Redemption and Skate 3, which makes the list a total of 21.

RELATED: Metal Gear Solid 2 & 3 is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

Very recently, the backward catalog of games have added Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and the entire Crysis trilogy. Back in August, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 joined the race and early releases from the Assassin's Creed series before that.

If Microsoft is giving Sony a fight with anything in terms of releasing exclusive games, then it is their backward compatibility feature of Xbox One. Because of their unique program, players are now able to take a trip back to memory lane with many of their favorite game.