Half-Life: Alyx Released

Half-Life: Alyx is now available on Steam, offering a new virtual reality game set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2. This requires a VR headset, and is free for owners of Valve's Index. There's also an article on Steam Support on streaming the game, since a headset is not required to spectate. Here's word on Alyx:
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’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 activity—performing 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 out the window.
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Mar 24, 2020, 10:51
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Mar 24, 2020, 10:51
 
Absolutely the best VR game I have ever played. From the very start, just sucks you right in. I spent 15 minutes playing with markers and a wipe board, lol. Combat is great. The guns feel very real (which is an issue with quite a few games.) The lighting in this game, whew. The alien stuff in the quarantine zone. Just a fantastic job by Valve.

Now, if they could just make HL3. VR or flat, or both. Just do it!
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Mar 24, 2020, 06:01
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Mar 24, 2020, 06:01
 
Red886 wrote on Mar 24, 2020, 05:46:
meh game if non-vr
with vr, 99% of gamers cannot play it , so far less criticism
So you've played it and know it's a meh game.

What did you not like about it.
“The time has come for us to move beyond seeing public health as the ax in the display case, where the sign says IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, BREAK GLASS.”
Pandemics don’t end because the economy is suffering and we want them to.
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Mar 24, 2020, 05:46
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Mar 24, 2020, 05:46
 
meh game if non-vr

with vr, 99% of gamers cannot play it , so far less criticism
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Mar 24, 2020, 02:11
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Mar 24, 2020, 02:11
 
Played for about an hour, and I'm very impressed. The environments are top notch, it controls very well, and the writing hasn't been terrible so far. I'd buy a ton more VR games if they all had this much environmental detail. The beginning section feels a lot like being right in Orwell's 1984, except with Striders and manhacks and a giant tower.
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Mar 23, 2020, 19:45
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Mar 23, 2020, 19:45
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 19:30:
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 19:27:
Whatever I just canceled my Valve Index VR order... already feeling less salty about being pushed to 9+ weeks after such a long wait time and with no info either. If Valve doesn't want 1000€ I am sure someone else will take it and give me what I WANT. Something to do while being stuck for months in an apartment for example.... blegh
Understandable, things could be a whole helluva lot worse. See the comments in today’s ootb.



Woah.
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Mar 23, 2020, 19:40
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Mar 23, 2020, 19:40
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 19:30:
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 19:27:
Whatever I just canceled my Valve Index VR order... already feeling less salty about being pushed to 9+ weeks after such a long wait time and with no info either. If Valve doesn't want 1000€ I am sure someone else will take it and give me what I WANT. Something to do while being stuck for months in an apartment for example.... blegh
Understandable, things could be a whole helluva lot worse. See the comments in today’s ootb.

Yeah, I'd rather be stuck with no VR but healthy all things considered.
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Mar 23, 2020, 19:30
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Mar 23, 2020, 19:30
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 19:27:
Whatever I just canceled my Valve Index VR order... already feeling less salty about being pushed to 9+ weeks after such a long wait time and with no info either. If Valve doesn't want 1000€ I am sure someone else will take it and give me what I WANT. Something to do while being stuck for months in an apartment for example.... blegh
Understandable, things could be a whole helluva lot worse. See the comments in today’s ootb.
“The time has come for us to move beyond seeing public health as the ax in the display case, where the sign says IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, BREAK GLASS.”
Pandemics don’t end because the economy is suffering and we want them to.
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Mar 23, 2020, 19:30
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Mar 23, 2020, 19:30
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 19:27:
Whatever I just canceled my Valve Index VR order... already feeling less salty about being pushed to 9+ weeks after such a long wait time and with no info either. If Valve doesn't want 1000€ I am sure someone else will take it and give me what I WANT. Something to do while being stuck for months in an apartment for example.... blegh

The EU region have supply chain issues for Index. I ordered mine about twenty minutes after they reopened Index ordering on Monday, March 9th. It shipped the next day, and it arrived that Thursday, the 12th.
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Mar 23, 2020, 19:27
 
Whatever I just canceled my Valve Index VR order... already feeling less salty about being pushed to 9+ weeks after such a long wait time and with no info either. If Valve doesn't want 1000€ I am sure someone else will take it and give me what I WANT. Something to do while being stuck for months in an apartment for example.... blegh
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Mar 23, 2020, 19:17
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Mar 23, 2020, 19:17
 
Valve are doing the Apple trick , launch few pronounce outsold so simple so simple
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Mar 23, 2020, 18:42
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Re: Half-Life: Alyx Released Mar 23, 2020, 18:42
Mar 23, 2020, 18:42
 
The people that are pissed off about this..

Why?

Can't afford it?
Don't like VR?
Wish it was not VR?
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Mar 23, 2020, 18:13
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Mar 23, 2020, 18:13
 
Drayth wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 17:50:
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 17:34:

How about not selling something that can't be bought for 3+ months?

Yeah, I told my local grocery stores to close because they can't keep the TP stocked.
Well they should at least stop selling food if they don’t have the stuff to smear off the final stage. Flush
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Pandemics don’t end because the economy is suffering and we want them to.
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Mar 23, 2020, 17:50
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 17:34:

How about not selling something that can't be bought for 3+ months?

Yeah, I told my local grocery stores to close because they can't keep the TP stocked.
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Mar 23, 2020, 17:49
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Mar 23, 2020, 17:49
 
Beamer wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 15:26:
heroin wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 15:17:
You can always buy an Oculus Rift w/ touch controllers for @ $300-400. It still gets the job done as long as you have the rig. Spending $1000 on VR is sort of totally crazy imo.

I mean, you can't buy anything, haha. It's all out of stock.

But I'd go with an Index. This game is clearly optimized for it. Most reviews say that the individual finger control is better, though many also say it's hard to reach all the buttons.

But yeah, you can go cheaper on the device. You're still looking at $300 for a low end Samsung unit that may be discontinued (and is OOS everywhere), or $400+ otherwise. Plus a PC that can handle it.

I think the only sensible thing to do would be to wait a few weeks and then get a used headset off eBay. It's not like people are going to be using them for anything else after they finish this game.
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Mar 23, 2020, 17:42
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Mar 23, 2020, 17:42
 
Valve releases game. Gamer upset. News at news time.
tldr nothing to see here Juggle
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Mar 23, 2020, 17:34
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Mar 23, 2020, 17:34
 
Drayth wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 16:39:
Why are you blaming Valve for this blowing up the VR market? Everyone else is out of stock too.

What makes more sense? They hold the game back till there's more VR headsets in stock, or they release the game and people get their headsets as soon as is possible?

Also, did you keep your back fill order from months ago, because they've had restocks since. They just tend to sell back out in a day.

Jesus... I once played Half-Life 2 and my dog barked all night. I'm boycotting Valve!

How about not selling something that can't be bought for 3+ months?
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Mar 23, 2020, 16:39
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Mar 23, 2020, 16:39
 
Why are you blaming Valve for this blowing up the VR market? Everyone else is out of stock too.

What makes more sense? They hold the game back till there's more VR headsets in stock, or they release the game and people get their headsets as soon as is possible?

Also, did you keep your back fill order from months ago, because they've had restocks since. They just tend to sell back out in a day.

Jesus... I once played Half-Life 2 and my dog barked all night. I'm boycotting Valve!
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Mar 23, 2020, 16:20
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Mar 23, 2020, 16:20
 
I gotta admit, Valve has some balls to release the game without the hardware that supports it shipping in quantities too. I ordered the Index months ago and still listed as "8+ weeks" .. yeah, I doubt in 8 weeks from now I want to buy VR, probably rather want to buy toilet paper the way the world is going right now.

In a way it makes me appreciate the quarantine a lot more, I now realize how my parents felt when the GDR was dying... waiting a year for a car and hit like that that is not how you run a successful company. In 2 months from now I am gonna buy whatever competitor product is out just to troll Valve.. blegh.
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Mar 23, 2020, 16:16
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Mar 23, 2020, 16:16
 
John wrote on Mar 23, 2020, 14:24:
I wish they would have at least made a non-VR version alongside it.

I hope a modder will make a HL2 mod out of this without need of VR...
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Mar 23, 2020, 16:11
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Mar 23, 2020, 16:11
 
I am working from home and this game is released...
I am working from home and this game is released...
I am working from home and this game is released...
I am working from home and this game is released...
I am working from home and this game is released...
I am working from home and this game is released...
I am working from home and this game is released...

..I'll make it.

Goddam Monday release.. I took Friday off to have an extra -consecutive- day to play...
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