Half-Life games are free to play until Alyx launches in March

Half-Life 2

Valve is letting gamers play all of the games in the Half-Life series for free in the leadup to Half-Life: Alyx.

These games are all fairly old now, but they’re still fun to play. The original Half-Life was released back in 1998 while Half-Life 2 came out in 2004. Two years later, Half-Life Episode 1 came out. Episode 2 followed in 2007. A third episode was planned but never released.

Twelve years after the release of Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Valve announced Half-Life: Alyx back in November. They are calling it their “flagship VR title.” Details are still fairly scarce, but the company released Alyx‘s first trailer shortly after the initial announcement.

Half-Life: Alyx is set before the events of Half-Life 2 and the episodes, but the games share characters and story elements,” Valve says. “The Half-Life: Alyx team believes that the best way to enjoy the new game is to play through the old ones, especially Half-Life 2 and the episodes, so we want to make that as easy as possible.”

If you already have Steam installed on your computer, you can click here for links to start downloading and playing them now. If you don’t have Steam, you can download it here.

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