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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: 67 out of 69
  2. Negative: 0 out of 69
  1. Mar 23, 2020
    100
    You know perfectly well that Valve wasn’t going to make a flagship VR title using its beloved Half-Life franchise and do a half-arsed job. A stunningly rich experience from start to finish, Half-Life: Alyx is one of the best VR titles available, a perfect showcase for what VR gaming is capable of. It doesn’t exactly break new ground, instead providing familiar Half-Life gameplay all wrapped up in a highly polished VR gift bag. Let’s just hope this is the start of things to come and Valve decides to make another Half-Life: Alyx.
  2. Mar 30, 2020
    100
    Although it doesn´t perfect every single thing it does, the experience as a whole cannot be called anything short of a masterpiece.
  3. May 15, 2020
    100
    A special mention should be made of the game's dialog, mainly consisting of Alyx herself and Russel, a scientist who Alex remains in constant communication with throughout the game. Their relationship feels genuine, the conversations between them are enjoyable, and almost all of the intended comedic moments land perfectly, which is something most video games seem to have trouble with.
  4. Mar 28, 2020
    95
    This is a triumph in almost every way. This is the most detailed, deepest and most elaborate VR game yet. No other VR game has so much variety and depth at the same time, combined with such a perfect tempo.
  5. Mar 23, 2020
    92
    With old friends, new enemies, and an exciting story, revisiting City 17 in VR is a thrill in Half-Life: Alyx.
  6. Edge Magazine
    Mar 26, 2020
    90
    What the game asks of you might be fairly standard shooter stuff, but the act of playing it out with your own hands lends it a fresh magic. That's Alyx in a nutshell: this is a Half-Life game almost to a fault, the old formula polished to a 2020 shine, made new again by the way you manipulate it. The Gloves aren't the new crowbar or Gravity Gun, the defining tool of Half-Life: Alyx. Your own hands are. [Issue#344, p.102]
  7. Apr 1, 2020
    60
    Too often Half-Life: Alyx feels like baby's first VR shooter and for many — especially those who purchased VR hardware to play it — this isn't a dealbreaker. But trading off the Half-Life name for an introductory course to VR relegates HL: Alyx to spin-off territory when the characters involved and the story it tells could be so much more. Alyx Vance deserves better, and so too do VR gamers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 38 out of 736
  1. Jul 21, 2020
    10
    Es realmente una joya, no había probado la realidad virtual y me compré unas oculus rift s el día que salió este juego, he seguido esta sagaEs realmente una joya, no había probado la realidad virtual y me compré unas oculus rift s el día que salió este juego, he seguido esta saga desde 1998 y me arriesgué con las gafas con la idea si no me gusta las devuelvo a la tienda y pido el reembolso en steam. Pero al completar mas de una hora de juego, me quedé callado, me saqué las gafas y me senté en mi sofá mirando el cielo, no tengo palabras para describir lo que acabo de experimentar, Realmente estás ahí, en city 17, llevo 30 años jugando videojuegos y creí que ya nada me sorprendería como cuando era niño y llega este half life con su VR y sus mecánicas, todo se reduce a estas simples palabras "una obra maestra" . Valve y su equipo han hecho algo que jamás de mi vida de gamer olvidaré. Expand
  2. Apr 1, 2020
    10
    Not just an exeptional game, but the best game i ever player cause it's not just a game, it's an expérience.
    No spoil just play this incredible game
  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 31, 2020
    10
    Honestly, this is the best game you can buy. If you are lucky enough to own a HMD, I urge you to buy this game. I'm pretty sure this is a gameHonestly, this is the best game you can buy. If you are lucky enough to own a HMD, I urge you to buy this game. I'm pretty sure this is a game I can let newcomers play to, given the right comfort settings.

    And the story, oh boy. You're getting a real treat, as usual with a single player Valve game. This is a great look into how games once where and how they should be.
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  5. Mar 30, 2020
    10
    A must-play masterpiece. Half-Life is back! And it's back in a big way!!!

    Valve still has it.
  6. Mar 23, 2020
    10
    Congratulations, Valve!!! Best game ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    10/10
  7. Oct 13, 2020
    0
    Half Life: Alyx is a clunky, annoying, poorly thought out VR game. It looks superb, which is probably why a lot of gamers wasted their moneyHalf Life: Alyx is a clunky, annoying, poorly thought out VR game. It looks superb, which is probably why a lot of gamers wasted their money on this shlock, but behind the pretty picture, is a disgusting diarrhea filled toilet. It has unresponsive and poorly tracked controls that leave you lagged behind and more often than not, irritated. It has clunky annoying movement that make you feel like a Bus with entirely popped wheels. It has poor and slightly pathetic level design, that make you question if anyone even cared about this game in the first place. You'd think a new Half Life game from Valve is a miracle, but in reality Half Life: Alyx can only be described as a curse. Expand

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