Valve's VR-bound Half-Life: Alyx Launches To Great Reception

Yolanda Curtis
March 25, 2020

Even though it's a VR game, Half-Life: Alyx managed to be an excellent title that lived up to our expectations.

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It's still a little hard to believe, but the Half-Life series has just introduced its latest release, following a thirteen-year hiatus.

" Among the important things culturally in the business, we attempt to strive not to make choices that we do not need to make if we're going to get more info on them that could impact them in the future", Walker described, mentioning the feedback Valve anticipates from players when Half-Life: Alyx launches. "I was very respectful in not trying to push it too far, because I didn't want to lose a certain segment of people who might not have been able to continue".

It's unclear if this is a setup for a Half-Life 2: Episode 3, a proper Half-Life 3, or - if it's another VR-only game - something along the lines of "Half-Life: Gordon" in the same way we just got Alyx. After Half-Life 2, according to Casali and IGN, Valve knew they were invested in the development of Source 2 and couldn't go really go back to Half-Life until the engine was complete.

Reducing the potential for more unpleasant scares became a level design choice as well.

As it turns out, designing towards a more accessible experience for less experienced players can also help to tone down some of the more unpleasant "horror" elements that they wanted to avoid. "We have built SteamVR, our game engine, our tools, and VR hardware specifically to enable us to ship the best content we know how to create". At the same time, the embargo on reviews lifted, with Alyx swiftly being awarded a "Must Play" badge on metacritic based on a 93/100 aggregation score.

"We were never really that happy with what we came up with", Casali admitted.

Designed from the ground up for virtual reality, Half-Life: Alyx features all of the hallmarks of a classic Half-Life game: world exploration, puzzle solving, visceral combat, and an intricately woven story that connects it all with the series' iconic characters.

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