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News Files and Mods 30 December 2023, 13:08

author: Adrian Werner

VR-less Half-Life: Alyx Now With Better Physics and Animations [Update: new version is out]

On the occasion of the 25th birthday of the Half-Life series, a new version of a mod has been released, which enables you to play HL: Alyx on mouse and keyboard and without the use of VR goggles.

Source: Valve


The mod has received a new version. The project fixes several technical bugs and finally allows to use Alyx's pockets.

  1. Half-Life: Alyx - Half-Life Alyx NoVR

Previous article (November 25, 2023)

A few days ago we celebrated the 25th birthday of Half-Life. Valve prepared a big update of the first part of the series for the occasion. However, modders also decided to celebrate the anniversary. GB_2 Development Team released a new version of Half-Life Alyx NoVR, a modification that enables you to play Half-Life: Alyx without VR goggles.

Instead of a number, the new version is simply called "25th Anniversary Update." The authors added more interactivity options, updated physics and improved some animations based on community feedback (more changes of this type are on the way).

  1. Half-Life Alyx NoVR - download the mod from our FTP server (the authors have given us permission to host a mirror)

Recall that the project enables you to play Half-Life: Alyx as a classic PC game. Not only has the VR requirement been removed, but the controls and gameplay have also been thoroughly reworked so that the whole thing can be played with a mouse and keyboard. This, of course, forced some simplification - complicated actions performed with VR controllers have been replaced here by pressing keys and simple mouse movements, but despite this, the whole thing still makes an excellent impression and enables people without virtual reality goggles to finally play the latest installment of the series.

Recall that Half-Life: Alyx debuted in March 2020. The game is available exclusively on PC.

Currently, the game can be bought quite a lot cheaper thanks to the autumn sale on Steam. As part of it, the price has been reduced by 66%. The offer will remain valid until November 28, this year.

  1. Half-Life: Alyx on Steam
  2. Half-Life Alyx Review – the Best Game You'll Never Play

Adrian Werner

Adrian Werner

A true veteran of the Gamepressure newsroom, writing continuously since 2009 and still not having enough. He caught the gaming bug thanks to playing on his friend's ZX Spectrum. Then he switched to his own Commodore 64, and after a short adventure with 16-bit consoles, he forever entrusted his heart to PC games. A fan of niche productions, especially adventure games, RPGs and games of the immersive sim genre, as well as a mod enthusiast. Apart from games, he devourers stories in every form - books, series, movies, and comics.


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