The most anticipated virtual reality (VR) title coming in 2020 has to be Valve's Half-Life: Alyx, the next instalment in a highly venerated series stretching all the way back to the late 90s. "The Half-Life: Alyx team believes that the best way to enjoy the new game is to play through the old ones, especially Half-Life 2 and the episodes, so we want to make that as easy as possible".
The notification, before it promptly disappeared, advertised that players would be able to play the Half-Life Collection for free until the launch of the new VR game.
The preceding Half-Life titles were immensely popular on release, and Valve often discounts them during its Steam sales, too.
Valve has announced that all the major Half-Life games are now free to play until Half-Life: Alyx releases. Fortunately, that period of dormancy will be ending in two months or so as Valve readies its biggest game release in years.
Consider this Valve's warning that you really need to know about the Half-Life series before you dive straight into Half-Life: Alyx. You won't actually own these games (unless you buy them), but you can add them to your library temporarily and play them as much and as often as you please until the promotion ends.
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Valve has made the first two Half-Life games and their expansions available for free for the next two months.
However, as they say, "Valve giveth and Valve taketh away", and boy oh boy does Valve plan on takething away.
It even has Team Fortress Classic included in the set just for kicks, even if it's not directly related to Half-Life.
In case essentially renting the entire Half-Life franchise isn't enough, though, you can buy them in the Half-Life Complete bundle, which is now 40% off.