Half-Life RTS Finally Leaves Beta After 13 Years

Prepare for a lot of unforeseen skirmishes…

It sounds like an odd concept, but it works surprisingly well: An RTS set in the Half-Life universe. This is the exact premise of Lambda Wars, a third-party standalone Source mod which is available for free right now on Steam after languishing in beta form for the better part of a decade. The new version brings a number of bug fixes, maps, and tweaks from developers Vortal Storm.

The game has players taking on the role of either the Combine or the Resistance as these two factions battle it out for dominion of the Earth. As either side, you’ll need to build structures, train units, establish defenses, research and upgrade your tech, and capture key points. It has your standard RTS fare such as the fog of war and the mechanics are somewhat reminiscent of Dawn of War and the latter entries in the Command & Conquer Tiberium series. Multiplayer is, naturally, on show here but you’ll be able to tackle AI opponents too in both skirmishes and an individual mission mode, which is pretty cool.

Lambda Wars plays really well and is rather polished for a fan effort. Nevertheless, there remains a few balance issues and the developers are continually working on patching the game with additions and tweak. It’s definitely worth a go if you’re any sort of RTS fan, and even more so if you have some buddies you can convince to play against.

If you’re keen on getting in on the action, head on over to the game’s official Steam page to download it now. Watch this stream below (over two hours!) to see Lambda Wars in all its glory. Sound off in the comments section if you’ve given it a go for yourself and let us know your thoughts.

Delano Cuzzucoli
Delano is a lifelong gamer who resides in the city of Johannesburg in South Africa. He's also a political student, artist, geek, writer, historian, skeptic, linguaphile, IT nerd and electronic music fan. An eccentric lover of the strange and beautiful who is equal parts harmony and discord.

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