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New Recreation Chronicles 25 Years Of Half-Life Historical past


A screenshot shows a 2D pixel art recreation of a scene from Half-Life 2.

Screenshot: Valve / LambdaGeneration / Kotaku

A brand new fan-made Half-Life sport, out now free of charge, allows you to relive the franchise’s 25-year historical past in a condensed, humorous, and pixelated stroll down reminiscence lane.

In case you didn’t know (and wish to really feel previous), Valve’s authentic Half-Life simply turned 25 years previous over the weekend. And to have fun, Valve launched an enormous replace for the traditional 1998 shooter on November 17. This huge Half-Life replace added new maps, fastened previous bugs, and slipped in some reduce content material. The corporate additionally launched an in-depth documentary in regards to the making of Half-Life. However it’s not simply Valve celebrating the massive 25-year milestone. Fashionable Half-Life and Valve group web site LambdaGeneration (created in 2010) obtained 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 Adventure is a 2D-pixel artwork sidescroller that lets gamers discover the complete historical past of Half-Life, together with the entire official expansions, spin-offs, and sequels. You begin as Gordon Freeman who’s late for work at Black Mesa, similar to within the authentic Half-Life 25 years in the past. You then transfer ahead, studying information about every sport 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 group tasks. Not solely that however the mods are handled with the identical degree of reverence and care as Valve’s personal entries within the sci-fi sequence.

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.

In case you are an enormous fan of Half-Life and the franchise it spawned, you must positively spend 10 to fifteen minutes at present taking part in 25th Anniversary Adventure. 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.