Playing Half-Life 2: Update's Enhanced Intro

It's one thing to see a hand-picked comparison video, it's another to sit down with the real thing ourselves, so I thought I'd fire up the fan-made (but Valve-endorsed) Half-Life 2: Update and see just how improved Valve's classic shooter really is. » 3/30/15 10:00pm Monday 10:00pm

Playing Half-Life Upside Down Is One Confusing Trip

Half-Life veteran quadrazid decided to give the classic FPS a whole new perspective and turned everything upside down. Headcrabs are a bit easier to spot this way, but besides that, things just get more difficult and confusing. Quadrazid's playthrough is still fast and smooth, though. » 3/23/15 9:00am 3/23/15 9:00am

Brutal Half-Life Mod Soaks Gordon Freeman In Blood

If you've never heard of it, Brutal Doom is a mod that turns an already-violent shooter into something hilariously bloody and full of gibs. Well, Brutal Half-Life is that, only for Half-Life. » 3/22/15 7:30pm 3/22/15 7:30pm

Yep, Valve Is Experimenting With Half-Life In VR

Valve's virtual reality demo at the Game Developers Conference melted my brain. Afterward, my mind swam with possibilities. So of course, I ignored most of them and asked the age-old question: "Half-Life?" Surprisingly, Valve actually had an answer for me. » 3/05/15 6:30pm 3/05/15 6:30pm

No, Valve Isn't Holding A Press Conference Today

Breathe, people. Relax. Valve isn't holding a press conference today. And despite all the speculation you might have seen on social media or other gaming websites, they don't have some big GDC announcement planned for 3'0'clock this afternoon—3pm on 3/3—so please, don't get your hopes up. » 3/03/15 10:33am 3/03/15 10:33am

Broken Half-Life Is Scary Half-Life

The original Half-Life, in my opinion, is one of the most memorable games of all time. This, however, is not Half-Life as you remember it. Not at all. » 2/25/15 9:31pm 2/25/15 9:31pm

Half-Life 2's Cut Content Tells A Very Different Story

The story of Half-Life 2 is considered by many to be one of the most memorable in gaming history. I wonder, though, if things would've turned out the same way with the story fans have discovered by combing through an ancient Half-Life 2 beta. » 2/11/15 5:30pm 2/11/15 5:30pm

The Best Video Game Art Book

Video game art books aren't just a pretty face. While a collection of concept and promotional art is a nice treat for hardcore fans, the best ones go beyond the superficial and also tell the story of how a game was made. » 1/23/15 11:48am 1/23/15 11:48am

Half-Life 2 Characters Fit Perfectly In Artist Pogo's Neighborhood

Artist Nick Bertke, AKA Pogo, made this video compositing elements from Half-Life 2 into footage of his real-life neighborhood and what looks like his home. And it looks astounding. » 1/11/15 4:31pm 1/11/15 4:31pm

A Handy Refresher on the Recent History of Black Mesa

Last week's emergency broadcast is just one of the many things that happened to Half-Life fan remake Black Mesa since its late 2012 release. If you're one of those people who don't follow the project religiously, Valve News Network's video can help bring you up to speed. » 1/06/15 5:00am 1/06/15 5:00am

Website Related to Half-Life Remake Broadcasts Emergency Message

Half-Life 2 Is Now A Strategy Game. Thanks, Modders

It might seem like an odd fit at first, but Valve's legendary Half-Life series—with all its tug-of-warring alien factions infesting Earth—seems like it was practically made to play host to a strategy game—albeit in the same way the human body was "made" to be host to a headcrab. But hey, this one is free. » 12/08/14 4:20pm 12/08/14 4:20pm

Modern Games Could Learn A Lot From The Best Level In Half-Life


I think Half-Life is one of the greatest video games of all time, which isn't a controversial opinion. Valve's 1998 debut rocked the gaming world. Many aspects of its design have yet to be topped. Nowhere is this more obvious than Half-Life's sixth level, Blast Pit. » 12/01/14 10:40am 12/01/14 10:40am

Pretty Sure This Is What Source Filmmaker Was Made For

Some people become heroes through combat. Others prove their worth through great feats of science or art. This hero, however, proves himself through simpler means. » 11/10/14 5:00pm 11/10/14 5:00pm

Let This Man Explain What Makes Half-Life So Great

Half-Life turns sixteen this year. It's likely older than some of you. Yet, aged graphics aside, it's still one of the best games—or rather, one of the best experiences—the PC has to offer. There's a couple reasons why. » 10/20/14 6:00am 10/20/14 6:00am

Ad Agency's Half-Life 3 Campaign Is A Terrible Idea

Everybody wants Half-Life 3, but this elaborate crowdfunding plot dreamed up by interns at marketing agency McKee Wallwork & Co is not how we're going to get it. » 10/16/14 8:30pm 10/16/14 8:30pm