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With Valve's blessing, it seems the Half-Life 2 series is getting a full update from the team that made Half-Life 2: Update in the form of the Half-Life 2: Remastered Collection.

You can see the entry up on SteamDB, with a Steam page not yet live. However, this has actually been listed since May 2020 so why is it getting noticed again now? It seems Tyler McVicker, known for doing the Valve News Network which is now just under McVicker's name, posted on Twitter noting that it will include the additional episodes too and in a later Twitter post McVicker mentioned speaking to the team behind it to confirm it is indeed legitimate.

For people who are still somehow yet to play through Half-Life 2 and the episodes, perhaps this Half-Life 2: Remastered Collection might end up being the best way.

Pictured - Half-Life 2: Update.

Whenever we see more information on it, we'll let you know.

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Tags: FPS, Steam, Upcoming, Valve | Apps: Half-Life 2
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kuhpunkt 30 Jul
Quoting: emphyStill peeved at the forced install of that shop to be able to play the game. I'll keep skipping it.

Yes, I can hold grudges for a long, long time.

lol
whizse 30 Jul
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Quoting: CatKiller...but then I thought of using the Deck to play games on the toilet (multitasking!) as "clearing your backlog" and now I can't unthink it.
This comment right here, officer.
Anza 30 Jul
Quoting: subThose plenty sandbox games with procedurally generated (infinite) levels or size
are just not my cup of tea
Quoting: BielFPsI second that. For me procedural generated content is usually just a fancy copy & paste content, It's good in some cases but I rather have a handmade environment because it feels more immersive, specially combined with a good in game lore.

It seems to be hard to get right in FPS games even without trying to procedurally generate lore and story. It's tool that has to be used wisely. If it doesn't serve the gameplay, it's not worth the effort. Getting it right is not easy as totally random generation might yield something unique, but unplayable. Using handcrafted building blocks makes things easier, but then level generation has less room to be creative.

Immortal Redneck for example has handcrafted rooms. Which is great for a while, but as it's rogue-lite you get to see same rooms quite many times.
BielFPs 30 Jul
Quoting: AnzaIt seems to be hard to get right in FPS games even without trying to procedurally generate lore and story.

"Lore" is impossible to procedurally generate, but I got your point

Quoting: AnzaIt's tool that has to be used wisely. If it doesn't serve the gameplay, it's not worth the effort. Getting it right is not easy as totally random generation might yield something unique, but unplayable. Using handcrafted building blocks makes things easier, but then level generation has less room to be creative.
I remember watching an old video about the process of Valve's team in making a map (I guess it was TF2), and their process involves creating map artworks before they start creating assets, and then starting map development. You can play any fps from Valve and see the difference in quality on official maps, they do a very good job on development that gives the feeling that we are playing on a different map from the other, in contrast to community maps where most of them are so worried about the gameplay that results in a maps that feels like some other maps glued together.

Yes I'm aware that Valve has way more re$ources than some modders, but my point here is to say that a good art process can't be make by algorithms (although it can help if used in some components).

Another example is Deep Rock Galactic, I usually love coop games and was thinking in buying the game until I've played in a free weekend. Although the gameplay is similar to other games I usually like, the maps for me gave me the feel that I was playing in the same room with just a different color palette due to their PG maps.
pb 30 Jul
Quoting: CatKiller...but then I thought of using the Deck to play games on the toilet (multitasking!) as "clearing your backlog" and now I can't unthink it.

Imagine dropping it and having to go to the back of the queue for a new one.
Quoting: BielFPs
Quoting: AnzaIt seems to be hard to get right in FPS games even without trying to procedurally generate lore and story.

"Lore" is impossible to procedurally generate
Dwarf Fortress would like a word with you.

(Though I broadly agree, as I think that with procedural generation—as with anything else that goes into a video game—the quality of results you get out is commensurate with the amount of effort you put in. Dwarf Fortress is an extreme outlier on the quality scale due to also being an extreme outlier on the "effort invested" scale.)
slaapliedje 31 Jul
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HL3VR confirmed? Ha, had to be said. Also, Half-Life: Alyx was spectacular!
jarhead_h 31 Jul
Quoting: emphyStill peeved at the forced install of that shop to be able to play the game. I'll keep skipping it.

Yes, I can hold grudges for a long, long time.

I bought an X800XT just for HL2. Then on release day I bought both HL2 and Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines at the local Best Buy. Got them back to my dorm room and immediately grabbed HL2 while my roommate installed VtMB. I was one of the people affected by Steam's release day bug and could not log into my account. So, I fired up whatever file-sharing I was doing and grabbed the RAZOR1911 release with the Steam emulator and played the game that way multiple times for three or four years. I finally logged by into Steam for the first time to claim my copy of "The Black Box" for buying another ATI card, and finally discovered that I LIKED Steam.

It was okay. I mean, I wasn't really blown away until Episode 2. I LOVE Episode 2(then I played Portal not knowing anything about it, the same way I saw The Matrix, hadn't even even a trailer). I've recently replayed BLACK MESA now that they have the Xen levels complete, and honestly I can't remember if I was more frustrated with the original HL or with BM, mainly because I haven't played the Xen levels on the original since my first playthough in late 1998.

VtMB on the other hand is something that I've replayed through the years more times than I can count. Love it, but I haven't fired it up since I switched from Windows 7 to Ubuntu. I should probably do that. I just played through Far Cry 4 now that it's working correctly in SteamPlay.

My point is that you should learn to forgive. :)
Valso 31 Jul
Instead of remastering it, they should have made more stories. Remastering the game won't make it more interesting.
Matombo 31 Jul
Welp, time toplay through HL2 + episodes again.
This time on the deck
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