November 19, 1998, was not just another day. Right at that specific moment, Valve released a video game that would change the lives of millions of players and even the gaming industry itself: that day, Half-Life was launched.
Exactly 25 years have passed since Valve and Sierra Studios released a timeless work that redefined the genre. On the occasion of this anniversary, Valve has given us a true gift for all the game’s fans with a multitude of content, all without spending a single euro.
To start, you can download Half-Life completely for free. Yes, you read it right. You go to the Half-Life profile on Steam and add it to your library at zero cost. However, the promotion ends on November 20, so you have just 48 hours to add it to your collection before it returns to its original price (which is very low, it must be said).
Likewise, this version, which Valve has stated it considers ‘the definitive one and the one we will continue to support from now on,’ includes a redesigned interface for current monitors, as well as full compatibility with the Steam Deck in both controls and portable resolution.
As if this were not enough, Half-Life Uplink is also added, a mini-campaign that was exclusive to a few, four new multiplayer maps, and the content from Half-Life: Further Data. Additionally, we have an impressive gift in the form of a one-hour documentary, footage created by the NoClip team where the original developers of the game are interviewed, revealing how Half-Life was brought to life.
As a curiosity, you can access the previous version of Half-Life through ‘betas’ on Steam. It appears under the name steam_legacy.