is one of the greatest video games of all time and just before its 25th anniversary on Sunday, Valve released a major update for the first-person shooter. On the one hand, the base game now includes Half-Life uplink. It was but most of its content does not appear in the original game.
Uplink was initially available on CDs that came free with magazines (remember those?) and hardware like sound cards. It has also been available on the Internet for some time for those who know where to look. But now players can access it by clicking on the New Game button in Half-life himself.
On top of that, Valve has added four new multiplayer maps. Some may look familiar, like one based on an abandoned Xen outpost and another set in a former orbital satellite launch facility. “If we could turn on the oxygen lines, the electricity and the fuel, we might be able to light this candle.” The company has added three more cards that were originally available on a disc called .
You can finally play the original Half-life in widescreen without having to resort to mods or fan remake . Valve added controller support along with a series of other under-the-hood updates, UI tweaks, and bug fixes. Steam Networking support should also make multiplayer smoother.
Half-Life turns 25 this weekend, and we’re delivering a major update to bring back some of that 1998 feeling with restored original launch day content, all-new multiplayer maps, a behind-the-scenes look with the original development team, and more: https://t.co/ceV4oePUyP pic.twitter.com/1eOtLiHXbE
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While it’s a vital part of Valve’s history, Half-life had not been verified for Steam Deck until now. It was instead labeled Playable. “We finally submitted our game to our own ‘Verified’ tests, and…we failed very badly,” Valve wrote. “So we fixed the problem! After re-testing the game, Half-life can officially carry the green check mark. » So that means it should work on you without a hitch.
Better yet, in case you don’t already have it in your library, Half-life is until November 20. Miscellaneous Half-life and Valve bundles are also on sale, while is 66 percent off at $20.39.
It should be noted that Valve now considers the anniversary edition of Half-life “to be the definitive version, and one that we will continue to support in the future.” As such, Valve says Half-life: Source will be less prominent on Steam, but it will remain available so modders can continue to use its assets.
“We launched Half-life on November 19, 1998. We are very proud of what we built back then and remain extremely grateful to the community of players who have enjoyed it since then,” Valve said. “The game has not received as much attention attention lately. years like many other titles in our catalog, so we thought this step was a great opportunity to improve the player experience and add fun new ways to play the game.”
Finally, Valve has released a new documentary to mark the 25th anniversary. The 65-minute film features Valve’s developers and co-founders discussing the company’s early days and their memories of working on Half-life. Happy birthday, Mr. Freeman.
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