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A brand new fan-made Half-Life recreation, out now without spending a dime, helps you to relive the franchise’s 25-year historical past in a condensed, humorous, and pixelated stroll down reminiscence lane.
Stray Nearly Feels Like A Fashionable Valve Recreation
In case you didn’t know (and need to really feel outdated), Valve’s unique Half-Life simply turned 25 years outdated over the weekend. And to have a good time, Valve launched an enormous replace for the traditional 1998 shooter on November 17. This massive Half-Life replace added new maps, fastened outdated bugs, and slipped in some reduce content material. The corporate additionally launched an in-depth documentary in regards to the making of Half-Life. Nevertheless it’s not simply Valve celebrating the large 25-year milestone. Well-liked Half-Life and Valve neighborhood web site LambdaGeneration (created in 2010) acquired in on all of the celebratory enjoyable with a brand new web-based online game of its personal.
Launched on November 19, the LambdaGeneration Half-Life 25th Anniversary Journey is a 2D-pixel artwork sidescroller that lets gamers discover the complete historical past of Half-Life, together with all the official expansions, spin-offs, and sequels. You begin as Gordon Freeman who’s late for work at Black Mesa, similar to within the unique Half-Life 25 years in the past. You then transfer ahead, studying details about every recreation whereas breaking crates and recognizing Easter eggs dotted throughout the map.
One thing I actually appreciated about this fan-made tribute to Half-Life’s legacy is that it features a ton of references to fan-created mods, machinima, and different neighborhood initiatives. Not solely that however the mods are handled with the identical stage of reverence and care as Valve’s personal entries within the sci-fi collection.
And as a bonus, the sport is partially narrated by Half-Life voice actor Harry S. Robins, returning to play fan-favorite scientist Dr. Kleiner.
If you’re an enormous fan of Half-Life and the franchise it spawned, you need to positively spend 10 to 15 minutes immediately taking part in 25th Anniversary Journey. It’s free, well-made, and a blast of nostalgia and Half-Life historical past. Like a digital museum, however with extra jokes and pixelated headcrabs.