In anticipation for Half-Life: Alyx – the new VR title from Valve which takes place before Half-Life 2, Valve have announced that the entire history of Half-Life games are free on Steam. Half-Life 2: Episode 2 released back in 2007, so it’s been over 12 years since a true Half-Life game. Alyx is a VR game though, so do bear that in mind if you’re ready to get on the hype train, you’ll also have to pick up a headset.

Due to the amount of time it’s been since release, and because Valve feel like Half-Life: Alyx is best experienced having played the previous games, all of the titles will be on free on Steam until its release. The game is due to come out in March so you have over a month to catch up on the series before jumping in to the new entry.
The games you can get for free are:

Half-Life 2
Half Life 2: Episode 1
Half Life 2: Episode 2
Opposing Force Expansion
Blue Shift Expansion
Team Fortress Classic

Unfortunately there’s no room for the Portal games on this list, probably because they still sell well for Valve. There’s no better time than now to give this classic series a try if you haven’t already!
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