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Half-Life: Alyx

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Half-Life: Alyx Review

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Amy Morton / 16 Nov 2020

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Half-Life: Alyx is the first-person shooter that was developed and published by Valve. It is not the first game’s release. Previously, the company has already published two entries: Half-Life and Half-Life 2, and two episodes Half-Life 2. The game was released in March 2020. There is only one mode you can play – a single-player. Also, Half-Life: Alyx game was created for two platforms: Linux and Microsoft Windows. Both versions are available for download on Steam. 

Graphics and Sound

The game has very realistic graphics. Moreover, even people's faces have detailed textures so even minimal facial wrinkles immediately become noticeable. Half-Life: Alyx requires a good and powerful graphics card on the computer: GTX 1060 / RX 580 - 6GB VRAM.

The game was made in dark colors and tones, there are a lot of weapons and realistic urban landscapes. When our team tested the game, we were really impressed with the graphics quality.

Controls

As Half-Life: Alyx is a virtual reality game, it requires additional VR accessories, including the helmets. The game is compatible with the following virtual reality helmets: Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality. The playing areas include seated, stood, and room-scale.

Overall, the controls are understandable and intuitive. In addition, Half-Life: Alyx contains detailed instructions on how to play no matter what VR accessories you use. We suggest that you will have no problems with it.  

Gameplay

The events that happened in Half-Life: Alyx are set between the events described in the first entry Half-Life and second – Half-Life 2. Here, you will control the girl named Alyx Vance. By the way, she appeared in the previous games but as a non-playable character.

The game is full of unexpected turnouts and events. It has a large world you can explore. The Half-Life universe is the post-apocalyptic world with a deep and curious story. 

Lasting Appeal

Half-Life: Alyx has linear gameplay. It means that there is a final goal you need to accomplish if you want to end the game. Once you have reached it, most probably, you lost interest in Half-Life: Alyx. Moreover, the game does not have a multiplayer mode, only a single-player. It is also one of the greatest minuses. What’s good is the graphics and story, but it is not sufficient to play the game again and again. 

Conclusion

This new entry in the Half-Life game series immerses us into the events that happened between two previous releases. You will be really impressed with the quality of the graphics and sounds have.

Among the disadvantages, it is worth mentioning that Half-Life: Alyx does not have the multiplayer mode, therefore the lasting appeal is limited by one game until you solve the main mission. The game is not free; it supports 18 languages and four virtual reality headsets.

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