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A VR mod has made Half-Life 2 even more immersive. The same should be true for the Episode One expansion, as seen in the opening scenes.
In September 2022, the Half-Life 2 Mod team released a VR modification of Valve’s extraordinary 2004 game. Even fans of the original were surprised by the intensity of the classic VR shooter.
On Steam, the free VR mod in its beta phase received almost 1,500 positive reviews after a few days. Our colleague Max also called Half-Life 2 the best VR game. Behind the title is the independent “Source VR Mod Team”, which has also promised to support other episodes as soon as possible.
Experience Half-Life 2: Episode 1 in VR
A VR version of episode 1 will be released soon. A new trailer lists the first quarter of 2023 as the release date and shows the first action-packed scenes.
In the story expansion, you return to City 17 as Gordon Freeman to feel the consequences of your actions from the main game. You’ll face giant walkers on stilts, gunboats from the alien occupiers of the Combine, and pit enemies against each other with Gravity Gun Art.
It’s all again strongly suited for room-scale VR experience, including motion controls. Your goal is to escape City 17 – together with Alyx, who of course also plays a central role in the VR game Half-Life: Alyx.
The new mod will also be available for free, with an optional donation option on Ko-fi. It requires ownership of the original Steam Half-Life 2: Episode One. It is not yet known when the mod for Half-Life 2: Episode Two will be released.
Update to Half-Life 2 VR brings workshop support
An update to the VR mod already available for Half-Life 2 was released on January 15. Improvements include the return of the original’s glowing muzzle flash, as well as various detail changes to controls and weapon reloading. For example, you now have to manually remove the pistol slide to reload.
Holding the pistol with two hands now reduces the high kick, allowing you to fire multiple shots in a row with more accuracy. The mod now supports the Steam Workshop for graphical mods and user-created maps. A Steam Workshop tutorial is available on the official Half-Life 2 VR Mod website to download your own stuff.