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Can someone please explain how this works? (Half Life 2/Steam related)

#1OllyKiriyamaPosted 10/7/2013 3:10:12 PM
Was testing Steam games to see if they were DRM-free. Half Life 2 works, so I was going to try out E1/2. Installed Ep1 but couldn't find the .exe in the files. So I uninstalled HL2 completely (deleted the folder too) and installed Ep1 again.

When I install Ep1 it seems to install HL2 as well for some reason. I load the .exe only to find myself playing the original game. Can someone explain how this works? Also, where is the .exe for the episodes?
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#2HydroCannabinolPosted 10/7/2013 3:12:23 PM
Well you see Episode 1 and Episode 2 isn't the full name of the game. The full name is Half Life2: Episode 1. You see companies make things called expansions..
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#3reincarnator07Posted 10/7/2013 3:13:57 PM
I thought the episodes were standalone? In addition, no need to be so rude.
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#4HydroCannabinolPosted 10/7/2013 3:20:36 PM
reincarnator07 posted...
I thought the episodes were standalone? In addition, no need to be so rude.


Probably are.
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#5kingoffpsPosted 10/7/2013 3:31:22 PM
Yeah they are standalone in that you can buy just them on their own.

However they use the same engine files and assets. So if you also own HL2 anyway then Steam will install it as 90% of the files are already there anyway.

I think that's how it works anyway. Same way that if you own HL1 but try to install Blue Shift or something then it will also install HL1.
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#6OllyKiriyama(Topic Creator)Posted 10/8/2013 2:37:04 AM
kingoffps posted...
Yeah they are standalone in that you can buy just them on their own.

However they use the same engine files and assets. So if you also own HL2 anyway then Steam will install it as 90% of the files are already there anyway.

I think that's how it works anyway. Same way that if you own HL1 but try to install Blue Shift or something then it will also install HL1.


That's weird but understandable. Strange how there doesn't seem to be a launcher for it though (that I can find).
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