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  • Summary: 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. Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity's only chance for survival. The Combine'sHalf-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. Playing as Alyx Vance, you are humanity's only chance for survival. The Combine's control of the planet since the Black Mesa incident has only strengthened as they corral the remaining population in cities. Among them are some of Earth's greatest scientists: you and your father, Dr. Eli Vance. As founders of a fledgling resistance, you've continued your clandestine scientific activityperforming critical research, and building invaluable tools for the few humans brave enough to defy the Combine. Every day, you learn more about your enemy, and every day you work toward finding a weakness.

    ABOUT GAMEPLAY IN VR:

    Valve's return to the Half-Life universe that started it all was built from the ground up for virtual reality. VR was built to enable the gameplay that sits at the heart of Half-Life.

    Immerse yourself in deep environmental interactions, puzzle solving, world exploration, and visceral combat.

    Lean to aim around a broken wall and under a Barnacle to make an impossible shot. Rummage through shelves to find a healing syringe and some shotgun shells. Manipulate tools to hack alien interfaces. Toss a bottle through a window to distract an enemy. Rip a Headcrab off your face and throw it at a Combine soldier.

    Extra content for Index owners
    Customers who have purchased Valve Index hardware by the end of 2019 will have access to unique bonuses starting early next year:

    * Explore environments from Half-Life: Alyx in your SteamVR Home space
    * Alternate gun skins to embellish Alyx's arsenal
    * Special Half-Life: Alyx-themed content for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2

    Community-built environments

    * A set of Source 2 tools for building new environments will ship with the game, enabling any player to build and contribute new environments for the community to enjoy. Hammer, Valve's level authoring tool, has been updated with all of the game's virtual reality gameplay tools and components.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 48
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 48
  3. Negative: 0 out of 48
  1. Mar 23, 2020
    100
    Alyx leaves you with the lingering suspicion that there is yet more ground to cover, that there’s far more this series and this developer can do with this new set of tools and that this is only the first part of that story. Though you’ll find yourself hungry for more, there’s something comforting in the knowledge that, for Valve, this is the dawn of a new era. Half-Life: Alyx makes good on its second chance, it is as essential a VR game as you’ll find in 2020, but perhaps the most exciting thing about it is the message is that the best is yet to come.
  2. Mar 27, 2020
    100
    Alyx is the Half-Life 3 we wanted. The most important and ambitious game in VR, that knows how to make the most of it and deliver a great adventure with a great story.
  3. Mar 30, 2020
    100
    Half-Life: Alyx is a perfect example of what happens if you wait a little while before jumping into a new platform. It perfects many mechanics from other games while adding in a layer of polish that only Valve could manage. It’s equal parts enchanting and terrifying, and it’s sure to be one of the turning points in VR for many of us.
  4. Mar 25, 2020
    93
    Half-Life: Alyx is the new benchmark for future VR products. More generally, it is a magnificent game, the worthy heir of an immortal saga: an adventure that has nothing to envy among those episodes that have contributed to mark the history of gaming.
  5. Mar 28, 2020
    90
    We can't thank Valve enough for finally allowing us to dive back into the heart of City 17, especially with a real game that makes the most of the latest VR technologies and innovations. The recurring loading screens do break the rhythm a bit, but that's probably the price to pay to be able to enjoy such detailed graphics and good animations. The excellent physics management not only increases the immersion level, but allows us to exploit interesting gameplay axes as well. We wished we had a little more weapons, different enemies and the ability to fight with every item available, but hats off anyway.
  6. Mar 23, 2020
    90
    Half-Life: Alyx is both the nugget that virtual reality has been waiting for, but also the one that VR deserved ... A game that is both beautiful, spectacular, addictive, accessible and flexible, which allows you to rally under the same banner the best ideas developed in the FPS VR sector, to offer them a standard of high-end finishes, and to accompany them with excellent game design and staging features. Valve proves here that it always knows how to develop great games and that its legendary saga is not so "dead and buried" as that.
  7. Mar 23, 2020
    80
    It's an incredibly immersive experience. It's just one I didn't really want to be immersed in right now.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 31 out of 396
  1. Mar 25, 2020
    10
    This is what become the gold standard in VR gaming for years to come. Is it perfect? No. Nothing is perfect. But having Valve release aThis is what become the gold standard in VR gaming for years to come. Is it perfect? No. Nothing is perfect. But having Valve release a Half-Life game again after decades, now even if I got contracted with COVID-19 I can die happily.. Expand
  2. Mar 27, 2020
    10
    This game is a real masterpiece if this was released the same year as gow it would have been a BIG competition
  3. Mar 23, 2020
    10
    Don’t listen to the troll reviews! Valve has worked hard on this game and made it compatible for even the most affordable HMDs. There are moreDon’t listen to the troll reviews! Valve has worked hard on this game and made it compatible for even the most affordable HMDs. There are more ways to use movement, such as smooth locomotion instead of teleportation. Ladder movement has been fixed! The level design, sound design, graphics and puzzles are phenomenal. Expand
  4. Mar 30, 2020
    10
    If you are rich like me you will enjoy the game, If you are poor, Then go watch pewdiepie's gameplays of Half-Life: Alyx, Either way it is aIf you are rich like me you will enjoy the game, If you are poor, Then go watch pewdiepie's gameplays of Half-Life: Alyx, Either way it is a fun game, And don't worry, VR will get cheaper in 3-5 years, It's like SSD which was expensive in early 2010s and now SSDs are cheaper than HDDs :D Expand
  5. Mar 25, 2020
    10
    People who complain is because they haven't tried it. Total feeling of being in City 17 and the Half-Life atmosphere. Amazing second byPeople who complain is because they haven't tried it. Total feeling of being in City 17 and the Half-Life atmosphere. Amazing second by second. Overwhelming enjoyment for saga lovers.
    Great story and content.
    Masterpiece: the best game for both VR and PC/console. Essential.

    La gente que se queja es porque no lo ha probado. Sensación total de estar en Ciudad 17 y en la atmósfera de Half-Life. Asombroso segundo a segundo. Un disfrute brutal para los amantes de la saga.
    Gran historia y contenido.
    Obra maestra: el mejor juego tanto de VR como de PC o consola. Imprescindible.

    Las uvas no están verdes, afortunadamente.
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  6. Mar 23, 2020
    10
    Best Half Life game last 10 years!!! But it's only Half-life game last 10 years... Anyway, this game is great
  7. Mar 29, 2020
    0
    VR Perfection. Most revolutionary game in years. Nothing can compare to this from at least the last decade.

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