Valve gets generous and creative with Alien Swarm and Team Fortress 2

Alien Swarm began as a community-created mod for Unreal Tournament, but went much further. The guys at Valve liked it so much that they hired the modders and turned it into a full game. And what’s better, they’ve put it up for download on Steam for free.

Hats off to Valve, honestly, because the last free game that I personally played was Euchre on, so to have a full-featured alien shoot-em-up game that is completely 100% no-strings-attached free is pretty darn cool (unlike a 20-something guy who spends his spare time playing Euchre online).

But wait! There's more! Anyone who plays through two cooperative missions in Alien Swarm will get an exclusive item when they buy Team Fortress 2 through Steam. The gift? An "alien parasite hat" to deck out their in-game character. Now if that doesn't scream awesome fashion statement, I don't know what does.

Jul 20, 2010




  • CountZero - July 26, 2010 6:38 p.m.

    Is there no end to Valve's awesomeness?
  • purple_omlet - July 22, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    i love when valve gives free shit away!
  • Snapp3r - July 21, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    I played it for 6 hours straight. It's brilliant.
  • RonaldRayGun - July 21, 2010 5:56 a.m.

    I played this game for 2 hours straight today. I give it a glowing endorsement.
  • kiwicrossing - July 21, 2010 4:43 a.m.

    I'm disappointed it is not available for the mac
  • legory - July 21, 2010 3:45 a.m.

    Lot's of people are having problems actually being able to play the game. Including me. (RE: the broadside. Hah. Hah.)
  • JohnnyMaverik - July 21, 2010 2:18 a.m.

    I played a bit of the offline practice mode and it seemed pretty cool, sadly the friendly AI isn't great and they started getting themselves killed by the end of the level, but I got far enough to get an idea of the basic set-up and I'll probably go through a campaign with my brother and mate some time next week. Should be fun. Also... I must have more hats O.o
  • bamb0o-stick - July 21, 2010 2:16 a.m.

    The more I am enjoying this game, the more I feel bad that its gratis. Are they accepting any donations? I would really like to see more campaigns and DLC for this game.
  • Thuperman - July 21, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    This is why Valve is so awesome
  • Crabhand - July 21, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    A very fun game, initially I didn't know it was free. So when I heard there was a hat tied to an achievement, I was very sadface. But then I found out it was free and became happyface.
  • Memph - July 21, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    This is an amazing game, i cannot believe i never played the original mod. The stock campaign is short though, so hoping and praying that it gets one behemoth of it's own mod community, enabling me to be all over it for a long, long time. Loved AB:I, but the co-op was a massive let down, this gives all the bitchin' hard, co-op or die gunplay i've been craving, with full SDK included! Cracking stuff.
  • y2kpikachu12 - July 20, 2010 11:59 p.m.

    Go Valve!
  • ColonelKc - July 20, 2010 11:56 p.m.

    Game is great, and ive got the hat! its so awesome....*goes to play some more* reCAPTCHA: Social- halftime
  • Baron164 - July 20, 2010 10:55 p.m.

    I downloaded this yesterday and I still have not had time to play it. Man I hate work sometimes :-)
  • Ridgley - July 20, 2010 10:51 p.m.

    This game is awesome!

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