Get Half-Life 25th Anniversary Version for Free

Valve offers a Half-Life 25th Anniversary Update discussing news related to Sunday's quarter-century anniversary of the launch of the classic first-person shooter. The headline is that the game is currently free, so on the off chance you don't own it already, you can download Half-Life for Windows, macOS, and Linux from Steam for keeps right now. This is an updated version, and this page has details on all that's changed. It now includes the integration of Half-Life Uplink, four new multiplayer maps, updated graphics settings, controller and Steam networking support, Steam Deck support, UI scaling, restored content, and content from an obscure 1999 disc called Half-Life Further Data. There are also new sprays, bugfixes, wallpapers, and more. Lastly, the previous version of the game is still accessible as a public beta branch. Here's a new Half-Life: 25th Anniversary Documentary, and here's word:
We launched Half-Life on November 19th, 1998. We are very proud of what we built back then and we remain extremely grateful for the community of players who have been enjoying it ever since. The game hasn't received as much attention in recent years as many other titles in our catalog, so we thought this milestone was a great opportunity to spruce up the player experience and add some fun new ways to play the game.

The same game you played in 1998 - restored, augmented, and revitalized

We created a new webpage to showcase all the updates in detail, but here's a quick rundown of the updates to the base game:

  • Updated graphics settings, including lighting fixes and an actual widescreen field of view
  • Controller and Steam Networking support
  • Steam Deck support - officially Verified!

Also including lots of cool new (or restored) content!

The 25th Anniversary Update includes added content from Half-Life Uplink as well as four (4!) new multiplayer maps. We've also restored some content for the true nostalgia-seekers, including original main menu artwork and some early prototype player models from the alpha builds of the game.

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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary
Nov 17, 2023, 15:17
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary Nov 17, 2023, 15:17
Nov 17, 2023, 15:17
 
What the hell happened to 3-24 ! Bat
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary
Nov 17, 2023, 15:44
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary Nov 17, 2023, 15:44
Nov 17, 2023, 15:44
 
Do the same for Half Life 2!
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary
Nov 17, 2023, 15:51
Prez
 
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary Nov 17, 2023, 15:51
Nov 17, 2023, 15:51
 Prez
 
I checked the Steam page for Half-Life, which is weirdly something I had never done before. Out of almost 96 thousand reviews, 96% of them are recommendations. That's kind of incredible. How many things in our lives see that kind of widespread usage coupled with that kind of universal agreement? It's not just rose-tinted glasses either as the recent reviews (within the last 30 days) are still at 95%.
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 15:58
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️ Nov 17, 2023, 15:58
Nov 17, 2023, 15:58
 
Valve gives away a 25 year old game.
🌨️ Hell has frozen over. 🥶 has anyone done a wellness check on Gabe?

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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 16:12
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️ Nov 17, 2023, 16:12
Nov 17, 2023, 16:12
 
Nice !
But Black Mesa is the only way now.
Plus it has the brilliant *new* included game: Xen.
Not, as in the original, just a simple part of -which I hated-, but a fully different glorious *game*.
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 16:29
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️ Nov 17, 2023, 16:29
Nov 17, 2023, 16:29
 
WannaLogAlready wrote on Nov 17, 2023, 16:12:
Nice !
But Black Mesa is the only way now.
Plus it has the brilliant *new* included game: Xen.
Not, as in the original, just a simple part of -which I hated-, but a fully different glorious *game*.

Was going to say that myself. It's a nice gesture, but Black Mesa was the HL1 update I (and others) wanted.
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary
Nov 17, 2023, 16:45
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary Nov 17, 2023, 16:45
Nov 17, 2023, 16:45
 
Prez wrote on Nov 17, 2023, 15:51:
I checked the Steam page for Half-Life, which is weirdly something I had never done before. Out of almost 96 thousand reviews, 96% of them are recommendations. That's kind of incredible. How many things in our lives see that kind of widespread usage coupled with that kind of universal agreement? It's not just rose-tinted glasses either as the recent reviews (within the last 30 days) are still at 95%.
*rides in* I totally don't get why some people believe in the importance and give credence to reviews and scores and blah, blah, blah ... (take that !) *rides out*
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary
Nov 17, 2023, 17:36
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary Nov 17, 2023, 17:36
Nov 17, 2023, 17:36
 
I respect the hell out of what the original revolutionized and gave gaming, but do yourself a favor and if you've never played Half Life or have the itch to try it again, do it the right way. Do it the Black Mesa way, lol. Honestly, Black Mesa shows the vision Valve really had for the game, but couldn't quite achieve back then. Probably top 3 greatest FPS single player experiences I've played.
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 17:43
El Pit
 
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Nov 17, 2023, 17:43
 El Pit
 
WannaLogAlready wrote on Nov 17, 2023, 16:12:
Nice !
But Black Mesa is the only way now.
Plus it has the brilliant *new* included game: Xen.
Not, as in the original, just a simple part of -which I hated-, but a fully different glorious *game*.
Black Mesa is unfortunately still very buggy. Just last month, I fired it up on Geforce Now (so not on my local machine) and even then it bugged out. This remake has great ideas but still needs a lot of work. I think Half-Life 25th Anniversary is stable and will therefore be my choice for another replay maybe around Christmas.
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"Only a Sith deals in absolutes." (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi)
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary
Nov 17, 2023, 17:48
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary Nov 17, 2023, 17:48
Nov 17, 2023, 17:48
 
Crowbar Collective recommends playing both.
Black Mesa does not have roaches that are attracted to blood and crunch when you step on them, BM is also missing the little bitey fish when you're in standing water not to mention it doesn't have wounded military who will take a knee and eat a grenade.
If you're a fan of video games, you owe it to yourself to play the original.
And now you have no excuse not to. PS there is no right way, but thanks for gatekeeping?
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary
Nov 17, 2023, 17:54
Prez
 
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Re: Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary Nov 17, 2023, 17:54
Nov 17, 2023, 17:54
 Prez
 
WannaLogAlready wrote on Nov 17, 2023, 16:45:
Prez wrote on Nov 17, 2023, 15:51:
I checked the Steam page for Half-Life, which is weirdly something I had never done before. Out of almost 96 thousand reviews, 96% of them are recommendations. That's kind of incredible. How many things in our lives see that kind of widespread usage coupled with that kind of universal agreement? It's not just rose-tinted glasses either as the recent reviews (within the last 30 days) are still at 95%.
*rides in* I totally don't get why some people believe in the importance and give credence to reviews and scores and blah, blah, blah ... (take that !) *rides out*

Meh - I'm terrible at predictions, yet still could have predicted that you would say something. I know you're just joking, but notice that I actually framed it correctly with my wording. You don't - so, touché and all that.
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 18:13
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️ Nov 17, 2023, 18:13
Nov 17, 2023, 18:13
 
El Pit wrote on Nov 17, 2023, 17:43:
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Black Mesa is unfortunately still very buggy. Just last month, I fired it up on Geforce Now (so not on my local machine) and even then it bugged out. This remake has great ideas but still needs a lot of work. I think Half-Life 25th Anniversary is stable and will therefore be my choice for another replay maybe around Christmas.
To not discourage any interested:
Seems something recent and not at all widespread:
Can't find mention of bugs in the shown last 30 days reviews (93% 1,410 gamers).

Though there are a very few reports (some 3?) in Discussions of the Community Hub. There are guides there for best installs and fixes if needed.

Hope they resolve them and you can finally play it.
Do you have installed Visual C++ Redistributable Runtimes All-in-One Nov 2023 ?
( I played it twice with zero bugs or problems, a joyful experience ).

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Prez, a language bully, tsk.

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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 18:25
Prez
 
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️ Nov 17, 2023, 18:25
Nov 17, 2023, 18:25
 Prez
 
Me? A bully? Good god no. I'm more likely to transform into a quivering lump of jello if someone gets mad at me, or is hurt by anything I say.
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 18:30
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️ Nov 17, 2023, 18:30
Nov 17, 2023, 18:30
 
I know you're gruff but kind hearted
I'll swoop down and savage the prey, but discreetly -manners and all that-.
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 18:33
Prez
 
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️ Nov 17, 2023, 18:33
Nov 17, 2023, 18:33
 Prez
 
WannaLogAlready wrote on Nov 17, 2023, 18:30:
I know you're gruff but kind hearted
I'll swoop down and savage the prey, but discreetly -manners and all that-.

I prefer uncouth and lacking in sophistication, thanks.
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 19:02
El Pit
 
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️ Nov 17, 2023, 19:02
Nov 17, 2023, 19:02
 El Pit
 
WannaLogAlready wrote on Nov 17, 2023, 18:13:
El Pit wrote on Nov 17, 2023, 17:43:
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Black Mesa is unfortunately still very buggy. Just last month, I fired it up on Geforce Now (so not on my local machine) and even then it bugged out. This remake has great ideas but still needs a lot of work. I think Half-Life 25th Anniversary is stable and will therefore be my choice for another replay maybe around Christmas.
To not discourage any interested:
Seems something recent and not at all widespread:
Can't find mention of bugs in the shown last 30 days reviews (93% 1,410 gamers).

Though there are a very few reports (some 3?) in Discussions of the Community Hub. There are guides there for best installs and fixes if needed.

Hope they resolve them and you can finally play it.
Do you have installed Visual C++ Redistributable Runtimes All-in-One Nov 2023 ?
( I played it twice with zero bugs or problems, a joyful experience ).

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Prez, a language bully, tsk.

Prez, as now in bold and underlined: I played it on Geforce Now and even Nvidia's ubermachines could not handle it. And I guess they installed it correctly on their hardware because pretty much everything else is rock solid on Geforce Now. I also played it locally about 2 years ago and by the time I had reached Xen, the bugs made is unplayable for me (then locally installed on my machine). So, two different hardware and software solutions lead to the same bugfest. I still think that the remake itself is great but unfortunately technically still a bit of a mess.
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"Only a Sith deals in absolutes." (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Jedi)
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 19:11
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️ Nov 17, 2023, 19:11
Nov 17, 2023, 19:11
 
There you have it Prez, a 2 times personal experience, no less.
Now don't bother El Pit anymore Beadyeyes

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RedEye9, of your kindness, I recall you mentioned going to play Black Mesa some months ago.
How did it go for you ? (if bad, please disregard this question).
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 19:37
Prez
 
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️ Nov 17, 2023, 19:37
Nov 17, 2023, 19:37
 Prez
 
WannaLogAlready wrote on Nov 17, 2023, 19:11:
There you have it Prez, a 2 times personal experience, no less.
Now don't bother El Pit anymore Beadyeyes

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RedEye9, of your kindness, I recall you mentioned going to play Black Mesa some months ago.
How did it go for you ? (if bad, please disregard this question).

Wait... I DIDN'T SAY THAT. I would only claim something not mine if it was very intelligent or insightful and prophetic.
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 19:42
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Nov 17, 2023, 19:42
 
WannaLogAlready wrote on Nov 17, 2023, 19:11:
There you have it Prez, a 2 times personal experience, no less.
Now don't bother El Pit anymore Beadyeyes

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RedEye9, of your kindness, I recall you mentioned going to play Black Mesa some months ago.
How did it go for you ? (if bad, please disregard this question).
Love the game. I was an Early Access backer and played all the builds, Including the original Black Mesa Source release back in 2012 - https://www.bluesnews.com/s/135183/black-mesa-released Like I'm sure most here did.
And celebrated when the decades of vaporware finally evaporated.

If you have not played HECU Collective’s Black Mesa: Blue Shift mod for Black Mesa, what are you waiting for??1!?
https://www.moddb.com/mods/black-mesa-blue-shift-remake
Available from the workshop https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2424633574
With Chapter 5 on the way
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Re: ☃️Half-Life Free for 25th Anniversary❄️
Nov 17, 2023, 20:07
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Nov 17, 2023, 20:07
 
Thanks RedEye9, I love when you are right ! Scholar
Will savour Blue Shift when complete, let hunger grow meanwhile.

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Prez, El Pit said the post was yours, own it man.
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