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You can now play the original Half-Life with beautiful beams of ray-traced light

A screenshot of the 1998 Half-Life game with a new ray tracing mod enabling advanced lighting. The player is in first-person view and holding a crowbar while looking up at soldiers descending ropes from a military aircraft.
Look at that beautiful crowbar. | Screenshot: Valve via game mod by sultim_t

It’s time to dust off your trusty crowbar and see it in a new light, complete with colorful reflections. A PC mod of the original Half-Life from 1998 that adds realtime path-traced ray tracing to the game is now available, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. First teased by its creator sultim_t (Sultim Tsyrendashiev) over a year ago, the mod pack is now available to download on GitHub to install and play with the original Half-Life on Steam.

While a proper remake of Half-Life already exists in the form of Black Mesa, let’s say this falls more in the “remaster” camp — much like sultim_t’s other projects, adding ray tracing to original Doom and Quake titles. The ray-traced Half-Life has elements that still look very late-90s, but greatly…

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