Fan-made mod turns ‘Half-Life 2’ into a fully playable VR game

if left you with an itch to revisit its groundbreaking 2004 predecessor, now you can do so in virtual reality. On Friday, a group of fans known as the Source VR Mod Team released Half-Life 2: VR Mod. As long as you own the original, you can download and play the mod for free.

While it’s currently in public beta, you can play through the mod Half Life 2 Single player story from start to finish. The Source VR Mod Team incorporated a handful of features found in Half-Life: Alyx to modernize the experience and make it playable in VR. For example, you switch between weapons using the same selection grid as in Valve’s 2020 game.

Other VR-centric tweaks include the addition of optional laser sights, over-the-shoulder ammo storage, manual reloading, and two-handed weapon handling. There’s even support for room-scale movements. The Source VR mod team say the project is , but that hasn’t stopped people from enjoying the experience as the mod currently has an overwhelmingly positive rating of 732 reviews.

As before, Half-Life 2: VR Mod has been a long time coming. As the project was first announced in 2017 and went through development hell before reappearing in 2021. The fact that you can play it today is thanks to the recent influx of new team members who have “revived” the development.

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