Half-Life now uncensored in Germany after 19 years

German Steam users will now have access to the uncensored version of Half-Life 19 years after release, Valve have announced.

The press release, which can be found on Reddit, says that the full version that has been available to others is now available to German users aged 18 and over. This new version will overwrite the censored edition, with Valve making it impossible to go back again.

The move comes 19 years after Half-Life originally released, with the game being Valve’s first ever product. It is one of the highest-rated games on Metacritic, and one of the most successful first-person shooters ever in terms of sales.

Germany has been very strict on advertising or even having games with violence and other topics in the past. For example, the German version of System Shock 2, another highly regarded first-person shooter released a year after Half-Life, changed the colour of blood to green. For Skate 2, Germany had its own version of the game with a different set of achievements, with multiple items of clothing from two particular companies being removed.

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