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Half-Life: Alyx review
by GarnetSunset

Half Life: Alyx truly surprised me and surpassed my expectations. 
I went in expecting a decent story with gameplay a la a dumbed down "Boneworks".

I was truly, truly surprised by the characters, Alyx, despite having a different voice actor, talks as much as I'd expect a protagonist too, with enough flavor chatter with the guide/comic relief, Russel, to keep things feeling fresh and alive. 

The gameplay, while not "revolutionary", is incredibly polished. Would I like to be able to put my gun down? Yes. Would I like to be able to HIT the enemies with something like the series mainstay, a crowbar. No melee leads to many situations where you round a corner only to realize that you're a foot from a zombie, with no quick way to dispatch of them, except with your shotgun that, at any given time, you only have 8 or so shells for. The gun design is incredible though. 

A breakthrough in many a genre. Puzzles that engage, in a similar fashion to Resident Evil. A horror section that blends so effortlessly with VR that I doubt anything will match the incredible experience I had until someone like Capcom takes a stab at an ACTUAL VR focused game. I won't spoil it but it's probably the best fear I've felt in a VR game. Ever. 

Leading into my next point, design. Everything is deliberate, everything was clearly labored over. During the "last hours" interview they noted that "in VR players tended to take much longer to clear a room, inspecting each thing manually." and that is DEFINITELY here. Obviously not every section of the game is a visual "showcase". But there's always going to be a place where you'll settle in and realize you are surrounded by assets of which more than half are thought out. 

Before I delve into spoilers, I should note. If you are a Half Life fan. PLEASE. PLEASE. Take the time required to play this game. They say to play HL2:EP2. Do it. You will not regret it. 


Okay so this is just me freaking out. 
G-Man speech???? HOLY FUCK!!! I can now quote it word for word. Also, was it a retcon??? sure! Do I care? NO
Epistle 3 baby. Who gives a shit. Life is amazing.

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Platform: PC VR (Steam / Oculus Quest 2)

Playtime: 16h 22m (100% complete)

Completion Date: Aug 30, 2021

Popular Review: "With old friends, new enemies, and an exciting story, revisiting City 17 in VR is a thrill in Half-Life: Alyx." - PC Gamer

My Review: What can I say? This game is amazing. I clearly remember the moment when I put on my headset to run the game and saw myself in the middle of City 17 with the Citadel in front of me - this was indescribable feeling. You know what? Honestly, this is the best game you can buy (no, not just among VR games). If you are lucky enough to have your own VR headset, I urge you to buy this game. Half-Life: Alyx proves to the people that Valve still got it. They are still able to deliver quality games. And the story, oh boy. You're getting a real treat, as usual with a single-player Valve game. Beyond incredible.
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»
One of the most mind-blowing video game experiences of my life. On an Index this game looks and plays like it's 5+ years ahead of it's time.
«Blew my mind»
«Can’t stop playing»
Holy fuck high res Gman I camed
12.5 years of waiting
Valve still can make single-player games
One of the best VR games ever where all mechanics work like a charm (ok except ladder climbing)
But the main thing - development of HL story
«Blew my mind»
«That ending!»