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VR-less Half-Life: Alyx Now With Better Physics and Animations [Update: new version is out]

Adrian Werner, 30 December 2023, 13:08

On the occasion of the 25th birthday of the Half-Life series, a new version of a mod has been released, which enables you to play HL: Alyx on mouse and keyboard and without the use of VR goggles.

Valve Accidentally Reveals Left 4 Dead Prototype in New Problematic CS 1.6 Update

Jacob Blazewicz, 24 November 2023, 07:15

Counter-Strike 1.6 has received news in Half-Life's anniversary update. The patch annoys players with bugs, but also includes a secret gift: a Left 4 Dead prototype.

Valve Keeps on Patching Half-Life; Age-old Bug Removed

Jacob Blazewicz, 23 November 2023, 04:56

It didn't end with one update. Half-Life received three more hotfixes, and the last one removed a bug that has annoyed fans for the past 25 years.

Half-Life Gets Big Update for 25th Anniversary [Update: Weekend Success]

Adrian Werner, 19 November 2023, 21:52

Valve is lavishly celebrating Half-Life's 25th birthday. You can get the game for free on Steam and it received an update with new content and many improvements.

Half-Life 2 RTX Improves More Than Just Lighting; Remaster Will Avoid Mistakes of Portal RTX

Adrian Werner, 23 October 2023, 06:07

Thanks to an interview with the developers of Half-Life 2 RTX, we learned a number of more interesting things about this quasi-remaster of Valve's classic FPS.

Half-Life Devs Live in Their Own Time; 'Summer' Release of CS 2 is No Exception

Jacob Blazewicz, 29 September 2023, 15:16

CS 2 debuted in the summer. At least according to the so-called Valve Time, and that, as usual, has little to do with actual calendar.

Fans Make Impressive Remakes of Half-Life DLC [Update: New Levels]

Adrian Werner, 20 August 2023, 18:56

Half-Life DLCs have never lived to see official remakes, but fans are trying to fill the gap. One such project, based on Opposing Force, has just received a new version.

Here's a Collection of 50 Never-seen Artworks From Unreleased Valve Games

Adam Celarek, 27 June 2023, 12:55

Fans of Valve and those interested in the history of the gaming industry have quite an opportunity to celebrate. Never-before-released, archival concept arts from series such as: Half-Life, Left 4 Dead and Counter-Strike, have been released on the web.

Half-Life 2 With RTX Will be a Great Excuse to Revisit the Old Hit

Adam Celarek, 14 April 2023, 17:05

A talented user is working on a project introducing brand new graphic modes to Half-Life 2. The old title gains a new quality thanks to his work.

Half-Life: Alyx Without VR Now Available; Entire Game Without Goggles [UPDATE]

Adrian Werner, 13 April 2023, 13:11

The first version of Half-Life fan project Alyx NoVR, which enables you to complete the entire campaign of Valve's without virtual reality goggles, has been released.

Professional Dev Created Great Fan-made Expansion for Half-Life: Alyx

Krzysztof Kaluzinski, 13 March 2023, 10:39

A producer from Annapurna Interactive has prepared a fan-made expansion for Half-Life: Alyx. His work focuses on the story and exploration, while daring to compete with commercial DLCs.

Half-Life Looks Gorgeous With Ray Tracing; You Can Test it Now

Adrian Werner, 23 February 2023, 16:39

You can now download the Half-Life 1: Ray Traced project. True to its title, it's a modification that enhances the first Half-Life with ray tracing.

Half-Life 3 was Being Made but Valve Lost Interest; New Details

Jakub Tarchala, 06 February 2023, 13:28

Half-Life 3 was scrapped years ago, and since then Valve has not thought of resuming work on the project, claims journalist Tyler McVicker, based on the knowledge he has collected over the years about the creators of the iconic FPS series.

Huge Leak at Valve; Tons of Half-Life 2, Portal, TF2 and CS Data

Adrian Werner, 13 January 2023, 13:37

A truckload of files from early versions of Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2 and many other of Valve studio's biggest hits have been leaked to the web.

Black Mesa: Blue Shift - Fan Remake of Half-Life DLC Gains New Missions

Adrian Werner, 16 December 2022, 13:59

A new version of the Black Mesa: Blue Shift mod, a remake of the second Half-Life DLC, has been released. The update introduces the fourth chapter of the campaign.

Half-Life: Alyx's Unofficial Expansion Looks impressive

Adrian Werner, 27 November 2022, 14:43

Project Levitation, a mod adding a new story campaign of several hours to Half-Life: Alyx, has been released.

Half-Life: Another Story Combines Valve's Hit With Doom

Adrian Werner, 20 October 2022, 16:06

An ambitious and highly unusual mod called Half-Life: Another Story has been released. The project offers a new adventure in the universe of the Valve's series, but it is built on the Doom II engine.

Half-Life 2 Fan Remake Brings Wonderful Showcase of Unreal Engine 5's Capabilities

Kamil Kleszyk, 25 September 2022, 14:39

A fan-made video shows what a potential Half-Life 2 remake could look like if it were powered by Unreal Engine 5. The footage is truly impressive.

Valve has New Half-Life Stories to Tell

Sebastian Grys, 02 September 2022, 15:24

Valve continues to create video games, and many of them are currently in development. One of them may be a new Half-Life.

Half-Life 3 Concept Arts Leaked

Agnes Adamus, 01 September 2022, 13:06

Concept arts from unreleased Valve games - including the sequel to Half-Life 2 - have surfaced online.

Fans Make Mod Continuing Half-Life 2 From Combine's Perspective

Adrian Werner, 28 August 2022, 22:39

We've finally lived to see the release of Entropy: Zero 2, the big mod for Half-Life 2 with a new campaign, in which we side with the Combine.

Half-Life Sets New Popularity Record on Steam

Jakub Tarchala, 16 August 2022, 12:53

The first Half-Life is a dated game, but despite the passage of time it still manages to attract and unite players. The record of 6022 concurrent players is a thing of the past. All it took was one action to improve it, and twofold!

Half-Life 2 Fan-made Campaign Expands Unforgettable Location; Demo Available

Adrian Werner, 23 July 2022, 16:01

A demo of the Half-Life 2: We Don't Go to Ravenholm mod, one of the most anticipated fan projects for HL2: Episode Two, has been released.

Half-Life 2 and Other Secrets in Code of New Portal Collection

Adrian Werner, 02 July 2022, 17:06

Quite a few interesting things were discovered in the data files of Portal: Companion Collection. Thanks to this, for example, it became possible to run Half-Life 2 on Nintendo Switch.

Fans Still Work on Half-Life: Alyx Without VR; It's Almost Perfect Now

Agnes Adamus, 27 June 2022, 19:31

A group known as SoMNst presented the progress of the mod for Half-Life Alyx, which will enable us to play the title without VR goggles. At this stage, the whole thing is working very well.

Half-Life: Alyx - Levitation Mod in Extensive Gameplay

Hubert Sledziewski, 13 June 2022, 11:12

At the very end of PC Gaming Show 2022 a few minutes of gameplay was presented from the Levitation mod for Half-Life: Alyx. It confirms that VR fans have something to look forward to.

Here's a Long Gameplay From Canceled Half-Life 2: Episode 4

Agnes Adamus, 04 May 2022, 19:12

The Noclip channel featured extensive footage of Ravenholm, also known as Half-Life 2: Episode 4. The video includes lengthy gameplay footage.

This Half-Life: Alyx Mod Looks so Good It Could be Official

Adrian Werner, 04 April 2022, 12:16

A stunning trailer for Half-Life: Alyx Levitation mod has appeared online. It will enrich the game with a new story campaign.

New Half-Life and Portal; Secrets Hidden in Files of Valve's Latest Game

Jacob Blazewicz, 10 March 2022, 11:06

Valve is working on „a lot of interesting games,” but what exactly? The answer may have come from the game files of the latest title released by the company.

Half-Life 2: Overcharged Debuts on Steam in February

Adrian Werner, 27 January 2022, 17:38

The developers of the Half-Life 2: Overcharged mod have announced that it will debut next month on Steam. A new trailer was also shown, demonstrating the most important new features and improvements.

Half-Life with Ray Tracing; the Fan-made Project Will Launch This Year

Agnes Adamus, 10 January 2022, 22:03

We've recently received trailers of two impressive mods for Half-Life. One of them replaces Gordon Freeman with Spyro. The other will introduce ray tracing to the game.

Operation: Black Mesa Will Combine Refreshed Half-Life Opposing Force and Blue Shift

Miriam Moszczynska, 29 December 2021, 11:47

Fans of the Half-Life series have another reason to rejoice. Fan group known as Tripmine Studios has announced that the remakes of Half-Life: Opposing Force and Half-Life: Blue Shift will be combined into a single production.

Steam Deck Without Further Delays; CS:GO and Half-Life Will Get Updates

Jacob Blazewicz, 17 December 2021, 14:46

Steam Deck won't be experiencing another delay, despite continued issues with component availability. In the meantime, Valve is preparing updates for Half-Life, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and other games with the upcoming console in mind.

Changes at Valve; VR Abandoned, Half-Life 3 Possible, Steam Deck First

Adrian Werner, 28 November 2021, 22:12

Well-informed youtuber Tyler McVicker has reported on what's happening at Valve. The company is said to be moving away from VR, a small group of developers are trying to start work on Half-Life 3, and Project Citadel has turned into a demonstration of Steam Deck's capabilities.

Half-Life 2 With New Features and Fixes for „Perennial” Bugs; Valve Refreshes Game for Steam Deck

Adrian Werner, 20 October 2021, 15:01

Valve has released a beta of an update for Half-Life 2. The new patch was designed for the Steam Deck, but with a lot of improvements that fans have been asking for for years.

Half-Life 2 Gets a Fan-made Remaster With Valve's Blessing

Jacob Blazewicz, 30 July 2021, 18:29

Half-Life 3 is still a meme, but there's a chance for the series to return in a different form. If recent reports are to be believed, Valve has given its blessing to the developers of Half-Life 2: Update to create a collection of remasters of the second installment.

Half-Life: Alyx No VR Mod Shapes Up Nicely

Hubert Sledziewski, 14 April 2021, 20:47

Playing Half-Life: Alyx without VR goggles around the launch was possible, but the experience left a lot to be desired. However, the modders did not stop working and now the option looks pretty good.

Rumor Suggests Two New Half-Life Games From Valve

Bart Swiatek, 30 March 2021, 14:53

Reports appeared on the web, suggesting Valve Software is working on not one, but as many as two follow-ups to the shooter series Half-Life. One of the games is to be created with VR goggles in mind, just like Half-Life: Alyx.

Half-Life: Alyx Ends the Franchise's 'Narrative Limbo'

Jacob Blazewicz, 25 March 2021, 12:31

Valve Software's Robert Walker spoken out on the ending of Half-Life: Alyx. The game's lead designer claims that the developers wanted to get fans of the series out of the „narrative limbo” they've been stuck in for the past several years.

Half-Life 2 Lambda Wars Released. Here's How You Battle the Combine in RTS

Jacob Blazewicz, 22 February 2021, 18:14

Half-Life 3 remains a myth, but we still have an excuse to return to the series. What excude, you ask? Well, version 1.0 of the free mod Lambda Wars was release on Steam.

Black Mesa: Blue Shift - Half-Life: Blue Shift Remake in the Works

Filip Wegrzyn, 19 February 2021, 19:44

A team of experienced modders is creating a remake of the second story expansion for the original Half-Life. The project is being created as a mod for Black Mesa, released last March, and will build on its foundations.

Gabe Newell Confirms Valve is Working on New Games

Adrian Werner, 21 January 2021, 12:40

Gabe Newell announced that Valve is working on several new games. Half-Life: Alyx was supposed to reignite the enthusiasm of company's employees to create single player titles.

Valve Looks For Psychologist to Help Make More Games Like Half-Life: Alyx

Karol Laska, 05 January 2021, 22:06

A qualified psychologist urgently wanted at Valve! Among other things, to lend his/her expertise in the creation of even deeper next-gen gaming experiences.

Gabe Newell Kept His Word and Sent Gnome Chompski Into Space

Arkadiusz Strzala, 25 November 2020, 20:32

One of the achievements in Half-Life 2: Episode Two has become reality. A gome called „Chompski” was sent into space aboard the Electron rocket, while collecting money for charity.

Black Mesa Reaches End of Development With Definitive Edition

Adrian Werner, 25 November 2020, 12:21

The Definitive Edition patch for Black Mesa has been released. It brings many improvements and is the last big update for Half-Life's remake project.

Gabe Newell Will Send Half-Life 2 Gnome Into Space

Bart Swiatek, 03 November 2020, 13:21

Valve's CEO Gabe Newell plans to send a replica of Gnome Chompsky from Half-Life 2: Episode Two into space. The launch of the rocket will be a charity event aimed at raising money for one of the hospitals in Auckland, New Zealand.

Valve Worked on Half-Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3 and an RPG

Bart Swiatek, 10 July 2020, 12:47

Valve Software has worked on several games that have never been completed. These include Half-Life 3, Left 4 Dead 3, and an RPG that hasn't even got a title.

Half-Life Alyx Boosted Popularity of VR on Steam for Good

Adrian Werner, 03 June 2020, 14:45

Turns out the rise in popularity of VR caused by Half-Life: Alyx wasn't short-lived. May was a record month in terms of the share of VR owners among Steam users.

New Mod Improves Half-Life: Alyx Gameplay Without VR Goggles

Darius Matusiak, 31 May 2020, 19:56

Half-Life: Alyx is becoming more playable without VR goggles. All thanks to the latest mod, called Pancake FPS Starter Kit.

We Got to Know Why Half-Life 2 Episode 4 Got Canceled

Adrian Werner, 29 May 2020, 12:25

Arkane revealed the reasons for the cancelation of Half-Life 2: Episode 4, also known as Ravenholm. The list includes the credit crisis and Left 4 Dead.