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Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2020 11:57 a.m. PST

After 13 years, half life has a new game.
Alyx is set 5 years before Half Life 2.
You play Alyx who helped you in HL2.
And the game is made for Virtual reality only.

Holy crap what a game.
This is the opening vista.

Standing there in full virtual 3d is amazing.
Things quickly escalate.
The game consists of dealing with headcraba and their ilk, and the combine. Fighting your way through the streets, subways and buildings of City 17.
You get 3 guns in the game, that can be upgraded. You also have a multi tool, that you use to hack combine technology, and fix wiring. The hacking consists of various 3d puzzles that get harder and harder though the game.

The detail is out of this world, when you lean in look at characters. And they are there, in 3d space. No other VR game has come close to this.

Sadly this 2d picture doesn't do it justice.

The one thing VR does is give you a real sense of scale and size. Bodies are big, striders are HUGE. And in 3d the iconic headcrabs are much bigger, as you can't cheat with perspective. The headcrabs need to be that big to fit over someone's head.

Before the game was released some were disappointed it wasn't a real HL3. And since it was VR and prequel, it might just be a one of test. But the story is directly related to not only the start of HL2 but also far far more. The Half life universe just go a lot more complex.

Dynaman878926 Mar 2020 12:57 p.m. PST

I'll have to give this a try. I bought a Quest in January and have not used it as much as I should yet.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2020 2:00 p.m. PST

You definitely should, personally I've been disappointed in singleplayer VR, there are some good multiplayer and gimmick games. But the singleplayer stuff has disappointed me.
Until now.

Dynaman878926 Mar 2020 4:29 p.m. PST

How much moving around is there? I find I can get motion sickness pretty easily in VR. Games where movement is 1 to 1 (like the table tennis game I play) are fine. Those where with "warp" movement are not bad but those where a controller is used for movement make me sick quick.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP26 Mar 2020 11:37 p.m. PST

The game as all possible VR movement options. With warp being one of them.

Dynaman878927 Mar 2020 4:49 a.m. PST

Thanks. I'll have to give it a try. Half Life was the only FPS game I ever finished since it was the only one with a perfect game balance and interesting story throughout. Here's to hoping Valve can pull it off in VR too.

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