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Prepare for Half-Life: Alyx with Half-Life 1 and 2 for $1 each

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The original Half-Life and Half-Life 2 are now just $1 each on Steam (opens in new tab), leaving you with little reason not to catch up on the series before Half-Life: Alyx (opens in new tab) releases in March. Whether you've played through the first two Half-Life games or not, it's hard to pass up on these two extraordinarily well-loved games at 90% off the sticker price.

If you really want to dive deep into Half-Life with one complete package, there's another fantastic Steam (opens in new tab) deal (thanks Wario64 (opens in new tab)) you might want to consider. The Half-Life Complete collection includes Half-Life 1 and 2, the enhanced Half-Life: Source, the Half-Life: Opposing Force expansion, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Team Fortress Classic, and Episodes 1 and 2, all for just over $6 (about £5).

Of course, this is all in anticipation of the hotly-anticipated Half-Life: Alyx, a full-length, VR-exclusive prequel to Half-Life 2 coming March 2020. Naturally, the decision to limit the game to VR platforms saw mixed reactions, but it's still very exciting to see a proper return for the Half-Life franchise after the most recent entry, Half-Life: Episode 2, released way back in 2007.

If you are looking forward to Half-Life: Alyx, it's worth mentioning that it's 10% off on Steam (opens in new tab) right now at $53.99. It seems Valve is doing everything it can to make returning to Half-Life as financially feasible as possible, which is wise considering you'll need at least 12 gigs of ram (via TechRadar (opens in new tab)), not to mention a VR setup, to run the game properly.

Speaking of cheap games, keep an eye on the best Black Friday game deals (opens in new tab) to keep the savings coming. 

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked as a copy editor while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG on the side. Now, as GamesRadar's west coast Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.