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Half-Life 2 and Portal arrive to Shield users via Google Play, priced at $9.99 a piece

While we already expected Portal to land to today, Nvidia pulled a bit of a surprise by also releasing the extremely popular game Half-Life 2.
May 12, 2014

Last week Nvidia began teasing that Halflife 2 would be making its way over to the Nvidia Shield, though they were pretty silent on the details at the time. It was widely believed by most media outlets including Android Authority that this release would come sometime after the May 12th arrival of Portal.

Now that the 12th of May is here, Nvidia has given us a very pleasant surprise: both Half-Life 2 and Portal have hit the Google Play store for $9.99 a piece. While this is great news for Valve fans that own an Nvidia Shield, the bad news for those rocking other Android devices is that the game only works with the Shield. That means even the select few other Tegra 4-based devices out there will be left in the dark, at least for now.

Nvidia has given us a very pleasant surprise: both Half-Life 2 and Portal have hit Google Play

On the bright side, with the arrival of two new games and a price cut down to $199, now could be the perfect time to pick up the Nvidia Shield if you’ve been at all tempted by the device. Being honest, games like Portal and Half-Life 2 really need some kind of controller in order to be played effectively anyhow, still it would be nice to have the option to try it on other high-end Android devices.

As for the games? If you aren’t familar with these classics (though we are sure nearly all of you are), Portal is a physics-based puzzler that has FPS elements mixed in. Half-Life 2, on the other hand, is more of a traditional shooter and features a great single-player campaign.

While $20 might be a lot of cash for just two games, these are easily two of the best games to have ever graced Google Play and are worth the pick up, if you own the Shield.