Half-Life 2 has received a new update on Steam that fixes several of the game's minor issues, despite the fact that it was released all the way back in 2004.
Half-Life 2 was one of the most highly-anticipated games of the early 2000s and went on to pioneer the use of physics in video games. The game received two DLC sequel episodes in 2006 and 2007. However, the franchise has yet to receive new content since then, outside of the Portal spin-off series.
According to the Steam website, the latest patch for Half-Life 2 resolves several issues. The fixes include a solution to an issue with saving the game, a solution to a problem with the Settings menu in SteamVR, and the ability to restore the missing sounds on some of the Combine soldiers, and the solution to an issue that prevented NPCs from blinking during gameplay.
The blinking issue has been present for several years and only happens during specific moments. The NPCs could blink during scripted moments, but couldn't do it during regular gameplay, which made them all stare without blinking like Bela Lugosi's Dracula.
Fans of the Half-Life series have waited a long time for the release of Half-Life 3 and it seems as if Valve has been leaving a trail of hints over the past fifteen years, yet it has never followed up on it. It seems that Valve lost interest in the idea of creating the physical product of Half-Life 3 in favor of feeding the myth, as the game could never live up to the hype that has been built up after so long. It seems that Valve still has some love for Half-Life 2, though, since the company is still churning out the occasional update for the game.
The latest update for Half-Life 2 is available to download now.