Half-Life celebrates 25th Anniversary with new update, game is FREE right now

Valve celebrates the 25th birthday of Half-Life with a new update... a quarter of a century later, while the game is FREE right now.

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Can you believe it has been 25 years since Valve released the original Half-Life, which was a game-changer in so many ways when it was released and has now just received a new update... yeah, there's new stuff from Valve for Half-Life. But, I think the best part of this is the awesome Half-Life 25th Anniversary Documentary, which you can watch below:

Valve has updated Half-Life with a nice refresh to the game, with some new features to boot. Valve has introduced a new graphics setting for Half-Life and some new content to make it fresh. The developer has updated the intro to Half-Life and squashed a few bugs in the game, too.

CD exclusives like Half-Life Uplink and Half-Life Further Data, on top of 4 new multiplayer maps, have been introduced into Half-Life. Better yet, Valve has also improved the UI for higher-resolution displays, thrown in official support for the Valve Steam Deck, and added controller support.

Half-Life graphics have been updated, with Valve adding in a widescreen field of view, as well as the option to turn off texture smoothing on GL renders. Half-Life supports software rendering on Linux, with multiple lighting fixes for the GL overbright.

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I remember my Dad driving me into the city here in Adelaide, South Australia, and buying Half-Life back in 1998. It had a profound effect on me as a 15-year-old gamer at the time, driving into the arms of Half-Life 2, which was an incredible sequel.

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In the end, I purchased a $3500+ VR setup (on top of already having a PC worth double that) for Half-Life Alyx, which was one of the best gaming experiences I've ever had.

Half-Life: Alyx was an incredible ride, but it all started with Half-Life... which is now 25 years old, Wow.

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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