Valve Software, a renowned game studio, is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the iconic computer game “Half-Life” and is offering it for free to Steam users. The game, originally released on November 19, 1998, revolutionized the gaming industry with its innovative first-person shooter gameplay and introduction of various new technologies and concepts.
To commemorate this anniversary, Valve is giving players the opportunity to add “Half-Life” to their Steam accounts for a limited time, allowing them to keep the game forever. This offer is available until November 20th at 1:00 PM Eastern Time, providing ample time for gaming enthusiasts to claim their free copy.
However, Mac users should note that playing this game on macOS 10.15 Catalina or newer may pose some challenges. Due to Apple’s decision to end support for 32-bit applications with the release of macOS Catalina, Valve advises against playing “Half-Life” on newer Mac systems. Nevertheless, there are workarounds available, such as playing the game on a Mac with macOS Mojave or older, installing Mojave on a separate APFS volume, or using Boot Camp to run the Windows version.
In “Half-Life,” players assume the role of Gordon Freeman, a scientist working at the mysterious Black Mesa research facility. After an unfortunate incident, Freeman unintentionally triggers an alien invasion, leading to chaos within the facility and an intense fight for survival. The game’s exclusive storytelling, atmosphere, and stunning visual effects set a new standard for first-person shooters at the time.
The success of “Half-Life” paved the way for its sequel, creatively titled “Half-Life 2,” as well as several subsequent episodes and the latest virtual reality game, “Half-Life: Alyx.” Over the years, “Half-Life” has gained a devoted fan base, earning an overwhelmingly positive rating on the Steam platform based on the reviews of over 100,000 players.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to relive past glory or experience this influential classic for the first time, don’t miss the chance to get your free copy of “Half-Life” from the Steam store. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Gordon Freeman and witness the game that forever changed the industry. Enjoy!