Every single game in the Half-Life franchise (and Team Fortress Classic because why not) is free until
Half-Life Alyx is released.
For anyone out there who haven’t played the Half-Life games or just don’t have them on steam, this is the perfect time to pick them up.
forgot about that, thanks
but my point is that portal is literally an extension of half-life’s story
from what I’ve learned about the lore portal 2 takes place after the black mesa incident, and aperture science and black mesa are also related.
the two games have heavy ties. tfc, however, is just a mod.
honestly, they’re all very good games so I’m not complaining, but I personally feel that portal should be included.
I wouldn’t really call them “heavily tied” together. Both have a couple brief references to each other, and most users can hear/see them and completely miss it (which most casual players do, I’d imagine).
TFC is more of a random bonus imo. Maybe because it’s a mod. Maybe because it’s to throw some renewed interest into TF2 again per someone’s idea/request. Maybe it’s just so that there’s a multiplayer game available. Probably had nothing to do with relevance to the Half-Life series.
Portal is too major of a franchise. It’d detract attention from Half-Life, and that’s not good marketing for them. TFC is a really minor thing that people will tie to the HL sale if they realize it was available. Portal games being available would just get people talking about Portal on its own.
It’s not free forever. it wouldn’t still be available to purchase if it was AND “play for free! ends in 2 months” implies you can play it for free for 2 months, not able to purchase it for free for 2 months.