Half-Life

Valve suggests Half-Life: Alyx is just the start of the franchise’s return

Valve suggests Half-Life: Alyx is just the start of the franchise’s return

Yesterday, Valve officially unveiled Half-Life: Alyx, a new VR game that's more or less reviving the much-loved franchise from dormancy. While fans have been waiting more than a decade for Half-Life 3, it's clear at this point that Half-Life: Alyx is not that fabled game. Instead, it's set between the original Half-Life and Half-Life 2, giving us insight into Alyx Vance's efforts against the Combine between those two titles.

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Half-Life: Alyx officially unveiled as Valve Index’s killer app

Half-Life: Alyx officially unveiled as Valve Index’s killer app

Just as Valve promised earlier in the week, today we got the official reveal of Half-Life: Alyx. We already knew that Half-Life: Alyx would be a VR title, but today, Valve gave us more information about the game and its compatibility with various VR headsets. As the name suggests, we'll be playing as Alyx Vance as she works with her father to set an early resistance against the Combine in motion.

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Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s flagship VR game whatever that means

Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s flagship VR game whatever that means

Valve is perhaps best known for the Steam PC gaming store and platform but it is perhaps a lesser known fact that it has also developed and published a few games, including the famous Half-Life franchise. It is, however, also infamous for being unable to follow up on its ow promises of sequels, particularly in completing trilogies. The company is now stirring up the waters by announcing what it says is its flagship VR game. But, no, Half-Life: Alyx might not be the Half-Life 3 fans were promised many moons ago.

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Half-Life Black Mesa fan remake teases notorious Xen level

Half-Life Black Mesa fan remake teases notorious Xen level

Valve may now be best known for the Steam platform but it also has a few original titles under its belt. One of the earliest, which gave birth to not a few sequels, spinoffs, and remotely related games (like Portal), is Half-Life which is celebrating its 20th birthday. And what better way to celebrate a 20-year legacy than by “remaking” one of the games most unpopular and final levels. And who better to breathe new life into Xen than the dedicated people who made the Black Mesa remake a reality as well.

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Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition gets a weird Half-Life crossover

Final Fantasy 15 Windows Edition gets a weird Half-Life crossover

Square Enix is no stranger to offering bonus content for its games, and that focus has definitely held true for Final Fantasy 15. Though the PC release of Final Fantasty XV already has pre-order bonuses primed and ready to go, Square Enix has just announced a new one for early adopters who pick up the game around launch. Get ready, because this one is a little bit strange.

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Half-Life 2: Episode 3 story details were just outed in a very weird way

Half-Life 2: Episode 3 story details were just outed in a very weird way

By now, most of us are probably familiar with the Half-Life story: the last time Valve released a Half-Life game was in 2007, and in the time since then, it's been pretty much silent on the future of the series. We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of Half Life 2: Episode 2's launch, and now a former writer for the series has seemingly released a bunch of story details for the missing third episode on his personal website.

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Half-Life gets an update 19 years after it launched

Half-Life gets an update 19 years after it launched

Reviving old games seems to be a trend now. And, no, we’re not just talking about a case of “retro” fever. This is about old titles having their dust brushed off, shaken, and updated for the modern age. Blizzard did that with the original StarCraft, not the Remastered edition mind, and now Valve is apparently doing likewise for its debut game. Half-Life just got its first ever update in like forever, nearly two decades after it first took PC gaming by storm. At least back in 1998.

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DBRAND reveals Half-Life 3 (OnePlus 3) with slick burn

DBRAND reveals Half-Life 3 (OnePlus 3) with slick burn

This morning the folks at dbrand have revealed their collaboration with OnePlus smartphones with a Half-Life 3 teaser. That's strange, you might be saying - why would they tease something that couldn't possibly exist? I'll tell you why: because it's silly. Because it generates hype. Because they're almost certainly going to be releasing skins and/or cases for the OnePlus 3, and they thought - hey, what's the most internet-centric universally understood sign for hype? Half-Life 3, of course.

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Half-Life 2 city scanner drone actually flies

Half-Life 2 city scanner drone actually flies

One of the coolest video game franchises that we haven't seen in ages is Half-Life. Many a gamer will have fond memories of spending tons of time playing the original Half-Life and the second game in the franchise, Half-Life 2. One of the things that anyone will remember from Half-Life 2 are the flying City Scanner drones that would find you and shine their light in your face until you shot them down or smashed them with your trusty crowbar.

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New Half-Life sequel coming next month

New Half-Life sequel coming next month

Fans of the Half-Life series have been waiting for a very long time. Sure, there are other game franchises that have gone longer without a sequel, but few were left with such a cliffhanger ending, and so little communication about the next game in the series. Well, today in a surprising announcement, we've found out that we will be getting a Half-Life sequel in less than a month. But it probably isn't the one you've been hoping for.

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Half-Life on Android-powered LG G Watch? This modder made it happen

Half-Life on Android-powered LG G Watch? This modder made it happen

You can play Doom just about anywhere these days, from ATM machines, to graphing calculators, to even inside Doom itself. That means it's gotten boring. We need to spice up this whole FPS game on random devices/appliances thing, and it's time we went with a more modern classic, like Half-Life. Modder Dave Bennett already has the right idea, getting the Valve-made shooter to run on an Android-powered LG G Watch.

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See Valve’s Half-Life with new eyes in Black Mesa

See Valve’s Half-Life with new eyes in Black Mesa

Half-Life is one of the seminal games that catapulted Valve into fame, aside from the Steam platform of course. Thanks to the game's engine and its moddability, Half-Life has taken on different forms, some of which try to bring the game forward into the current century. Black Mesa, released in 2012 after 8 years in the woodwork, was one of those mods but now it has taken a life of its own. Presenting Black Mesa, a Steam Early Access game that promises to re-imagine Half-Life as if it were a game created today.

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