Half-Life: Alyx is Valve’s VR return to the Half-Life series. It’s the story of an impossible fight against a vicious alien race known as the Combine, set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2. Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, Alyx Vance and her father Eli mount an early resistance to the Combine's brutal occupation of Earth.
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Definitely the best VR FPS I've played, though that might not be saying that much. It doesn't actually do much that's all that new for the VR space, but no VR game has executed those ideas better than this has. Still, the usual problems with VR like the slow walking speed can make the combat encounters feel more frustrating than fun. At the same time, the speed can work pretty well for the more horror-y moments.
The dialogue is fun, but the little story there is somehow manages to actually make me less interested in where a potential Half-Life 3 could go.
This is the game that proves VR isnt a gimmick even though ive been shouting that like a prospector gone mad for quite some time now. VR has been saturated with games that dont have much substance, they are either short or are sandboxes (like h3vr, which you should totally buy). People were waiting for a big vr adventure with a story, and BONEWORKS by Stress Level Zero showed some taste of that. But it wasnt enough. So Valve woke from their 10 year slumber and gave us a half life game, which is just crazy on its own. You are Alyx Vance and you are tired of City 17's bullshit so you go on a quest to find ways to get the combine off of earth. The Gunplay is an absolute JOY to play with, its simple and it works really well. In previous HL game you'd have to press a button to use a grenade, in Alyx you just squeeze and toss. Source 2 makes the game look absolutely gorgeous and a joy to walk through and explore every inch of. One of the best things about this game is, there isnt any low points, such as On a Rail from Half Life 1, all the chapters in this game are just pure fun to play. There's even this really great survival horror chapter that just blew me away. God i can go on and on about this game but i gotta wrap it up.
Theres only a few plot details that dont wrap up completely but i can excuse it for how wonderfully they ended this game.
It's a must play. Just in general. Steal a Headset if ya gotta or buy a "cheap" one like a rift s (which is what i played on).
Valve proves once more that they are the kings of PC games.
Just about everything about this is perfect, gameplay, visuals, audio, story; it's all there! There's nothing like a feeling where I actually have to duck behind cover to avoid getting shot (real life excluded). I guess if there was one thing missing, it would be melee combat but it wasn't a huge deal.
Was going to give a 4.5, but it's the first VR game that feels like a full, complete package and I love the Half-Life universe so 5/5.
Secretly the most interesting game of 2020 that nobody played. Makes some incredible strides in VR level design and storytelling that - if you're not willing to play along - chafe against the edges of the technology, but that undersells how truly wild it is to play this game as a fan of the series. The only thing Boneworks has over this game is the physics interactions, but if that's all you're in VR for, I think you're really missing the point.
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