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Half-Life: Alyx PC

Another part of the Half-Life shooter series. This time we are dealing with a title dedicated to the VR sets, in which we control Alyx Vance, heroine known from the Half-Life 2. The production was developed by Valve Software.

Action | FPP | science fiction | FPS | Oculus Rift | shooters | action adventure | HTC Vive | virtual reality

PC / Windows
Half-Life: Alyx cover

developer: Valve Software

publisher: Valve Corporation

Official website

Game mode: single player

English language game language: English

game release date for PC:

March2020

Half-Life: Alyx is the next installment in the famous series of first person shooters, whose roots go back to 1998. The production focuses on Alyx Vance, who first appeared in Half-Life 2 and then also in Episodes One and Two. It is worth noting that the title was created with virtual reality technology in mind. Valve Software (creators of Half-Life and Portal and Left 4 Dead series) is responsible for the development of this work.

Plot

Half-Life: Alyx takes place between the first and second part of the Half-Life cycle. We take on the role of the title character, Alyx Vance, who together with her father conducts research on the weakness of Combine - a powerful group of aliens controlling the Earth since the Black Mesa incident - trying to give humanity a chance to defeat the occupants.

Mechanics

Half-Life: Alyx is a first person shooter. The game consists in exploring the location, fighting opponents and solving various puzzles, which most often require interaction with the elements of the environment. Gradually, we also learn more about the plot's meanderings.

The title was prepared from scratch with virtual reality technology in mind. We direct the camera by moving our head and use objects with handheld controllers (some types of VR goggles also support finger tracking, which means that our hand movements are reliably transferred to the virtual world.

During shooting, we use held controllers or even the whole body - for example, we can lean out of the corners or avoid objects or missiles. We also have to manually reload the held weapon (in some cases, having collected the bullets lying here and there).

Production offers complex tools that allow you to modify various elements of the environment, and even create completely new things. We can share the results of our work with the Steama community.

Game modes

In Half-Life: Alyx we can only play alone. The basis of the game is a feature campaign.

Technical aspects

Half-Life: Alyx has a three-dimensional graphic design that represents a very high level of performance compared to other virtual reality goggles productions. In terms of climate, the title strongly resembles what we know from the cult Half-Life 2. Valve Software production works with all helmets compatible with the Steam platform: Valve Index, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality and Oculus Quest (with Link cable).


Expectations: 7.7 / 10 calculated out of 53 players' votes.  

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

Minimum: Intel Core i7-7500 3.4 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1600 3.2 GHz, 12 GB RAM, graphic card 6 GB GeForce GTX 1060 / 8 GB Radeon RX 580 or better, Windows 10

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