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Half-Life 2 demo released

Nobody goes to Ravenholm. Except, er, people who still need convincing about Half-Life 2, apparently.

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Valve has released a playable demo of Half-Life 2 weighing in at around 700MB, giving those unconvinced by the critical reaction a chance to see what all the fuss is about.

The demo is available from Valve's bosom-buddies ATI here, and requires a Steam account to install. Which is hardly surprising given that the full game requires just such an account to play at all.

According to an update on Valve's Steam website, the demo consists of "some of the early levels of the game and later transports [the player] to the area of the game known as Ravenholm".

In other words, it gives you a bit of scene-setting and then lets you love with the gravity gun. Which, given that the latter is one of the developer's finest creations, is probably the best advert imaginable.

So, if you haven't played Half-Life 2 yet, we suggest you give it a go. You can reread our review while you're waiting for it to download. Or, if you're on a modem, you could code your own copy of the game while you wait, eh?

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