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Wait minutes and log in Half-Life: Alyx, I met Strider. These beetles cast nasty shadows on all the conquerors who passed beneath them, their spindly legs and bizarre bells creating a harmless threat. I stared at the Strider in amazement. I used to feel the air buffet on my face as it passed through the porch where I was standing. After that I raised both hands up and off.

In Half-Life: Alyx, series series Gordon Freeman. Alyx Vance, Gordon & # 39; s BFF and a member of the opposition, he worked to rescue his father just before his first meeting with Gordon. Before long, however, Alyx and his friends learn of the existence of a large Combine weapon and try to destroy it or claim it to be mankind.

You are Alyx, but so are you Alyx is a game that can only be played in VR, which transforms into a completely different personal experience Half life, Half-Life 2, or their sequence of episodes. Want to impersonate Strider? Do it. Want to take out a zombie corpse and hit its face like in this (and worse) Stooge? Of course, take it out on your own. You want to try to do the same thing in the headcrab, only to jump off your hands and into your face? It's your funeral. That's what makes it special. You can be stupid. You can be very specific and wonderful. You can take every last item you find in the game world, test it carefully, and throw it into the abyss. You can integrate Alyx no matter what you choose.

Here is 20 minutes Half-Life: Alyx in actionion.

But, by the same token, you're the one making it everything actions. Need to reload your gun? He performs every step of the process, replacing a specific electric wizard that is powered by electricity. Your butter fingers bring the ammo out of your bag, load the magazine into your beam, and push it, all while the head zombie charges you like a drunk gorilla. I got rid of the ammo magazine. I've done it many times. Each time, I ran into a round zombie while screaming in fear.

Alyx full stroke Half life an adventure that, at least in terms of length and breadth, rivals whatever the series has produced. But VR is changing the nature of your interaction with City 17 and its employees. What Alyx firing on all cylinders – pulling you down in fear and space while relentlessly introducing new equipment and precise VR data – the game hurts ambiguity in places and enemies their aging consumer goods. However, in part due to the need to get people into this brave new VR world, it reveals games that have come a long way, taking a few hours before it hits the world that feels new and tries to recreate some of the past. Half life non-VR good games. Half life a different beast in VR. It's more depressing and more than a non-VR predecessor. It can be extremely exhausting – sometimes for very disappointing reasons and sometimes even frustrating. Alyx it reveals what VR games can be, but maybe also what they should try to avoid by being afraid of the overzealous or frustrated players.

Then the headcrab bounces off your real human face, and release the fuck completely.

Half-Life: Alyx to return to the lowest atmosphere since 2007 & # 39; s Half-Life 2: Episode 2, but it's also the first game in the series to be built from the ground up to VR headsets. With this in mind, the game needs to teach you a lot in the short term: How to move to VR by dragging it forward in any direction, rather than moving seamlessly at levels like standard FPS. How to take and store ammo by physically putting it in your bag. How to use Alyx's pull-down gloves, the game continues Half-Life 2A shot that demonstrates gravity, throwing objects from afar, which solves the remote VR problem of reaching objects by holding them. How to use the Alyx tool, a small electronic device that can capture human technology and Integrate technology, to solve a variety of puzzles that include using holograms in 3D spaces to access ammo, health and weapons locked inside various Combine. devices. How to place your weapons in upgrading equipment, which gives them new parts like extra ammo and laser viewing. How to open the cabinets. How to direct your dang gun with your two hands instead of a mouse or controller.

These things may sound basic, but they give you time to put into your muscle memory. And then, for the first few hours, Alyx it goes easy on you. The speed is good too. The best levels of zombie-playing are straight to the point of being unforgettable. The game introduces new concepts and challenges when you feel like you're ready to handle them and not for a moment. You meet the enemies, if any Half life fan, you'll want to greet them like old friends.

But then the headcrab jumps into your real human face, and you release the fuck completely. Through my 17-hour playthrough, the headcrabs never stopped giving me a sense of dread. This is far from my first VR rodeo; I usually have video game enemies trying to attack what sounds like my IRL space. My reaction, of course, is a confirmation of the invention of the invention camera Half-Life: AlyxThe developmental group that is the idea of ​​being touched by these fat hairy creatures that inspired within me deep remorse. (The right sidenote: It is possible to hold leaking headcraps with your outstretched hands in this case. First I tried, I did so with a bucket, for fear of my hands going anywhere in creation.)

I found this to be true for many members Half lifeAncient Great Monsters Headcrab Zombies. The poles. Young men. Poisonous poisons – oh god, the poisonous topics! Without sacrificing too much, I will just say that Alyx it contains a section that includes a lot of darkness and sad topics, as you would expect from a Half life a game. It's artfully made. I was never too scared while playing a video game, especially near the end of this section. During the level crescendo, I forget to even carry my gun, let alone how to position it. Then I sent face to face to the wall. My adrenaline was coming out like a gas that had just exploded. For a moment, I couldn't remember how to spell. I just knew I was really scared, actually scared. This level is not that difficult, but after playing it, I had to lie in bed and breathe. It felt like some part of my brain was really believing I had a death brush.

But even if it's easier for you, Alyx

it is a stressful experience. It is one thing for your space to be invaded by a normally mature manhack robot Half life a game. It's also another climb around your head and neck in VR. You want to scream or not pour a full clip on it to make sure it doesn't go up and touch your bubble. The first time their crowd followed me, it was amazing. There were so many, and they made rapid progress, praying vigorously. I circled a series of small cases to try to maintain the distance, shocking when my anxiety-addled gun shot improperly against the walls every time the walls approached me.

In time, as a result of the game's series of steadily increasing challenges, I changed. A few hours into, I met the Combine troops of the right soldiers. I felt ready. The whole incident is well set, with Costa's radio noise coming from behind the moving train. I didn't know what to do. I wrestled behind the cover. The train passed. Synth's talented guitar music has replaced the sparse sound otherwise. Two soldiers saw me. They opened fire. I held. Physically, with my whole body. I came from one with my rifle. He shot back. I held back. One of its upheavals hurt me, taking away one of my three health issues. But this was my moment. I fired several shots. I reloaded with the speed and success of the action movie hero, or at least someone who wouldn't to die in first an action movie event. Finally, another soldier collapsed, raising the familiar sound of vigilance associated with Combine's death from the time of recall (2004). Then I did a brief work of his friend on some illegal but followed-up issues.

After the fall of the second soldier, I stood up and raised both my arms in triumph. I've never been in the right gut or killed hundreds of guys like Gordon “Gosh darn, you can kill foreign jerkholes” Freeman, but I overcame what sounded like my first attempt at glitter and a little style instead of the shock and spill of spaghetti in my pockets. Then I passed on to one of the dead soldiers, grabbed him in the head, and slapped him like a crippled Third Stooge. I was ready for new challenges.

The game agreed. After the first five hours or so, Alyx takes off her baby gloves. This leads to some of the best moments of the game: high water marks and not just Half-Life: Alyx, but Half life usually. What Half-Life: Alyx it stands to try to compensate for the enemies and alliances that have come before and bring about an entirely new one (at least, because Half life) ideas on the table, rising more often than cracking.

A certain level in the middle of the game involves avoiding a super-powerful unseen creature, but it gets in even the smallest of sounds and will "get your arms out," according to one character, once you've got your hands on you. I didn't nearly miss a single bullet at this level, because I love my arms. Instead, I had to turn around, be happy, and cover my mouth with my hand to prevent Alyx from coughing openly from the toxic levels that spread throughout the area's pits. This level, in turn, found additional ways to compel me to stay close to this climbing structure, often forcing me to solve a puzzle in the distance that gives the distances of its refreshing galaxies. The level was brilliant and awesome, rearranging the puzzle ideas that were there in the early stages to match it. Don't wake Dad formula. Each time I stepped into a new part of it, I would let out a sigh of disappointment and say “Oh, you have it find me to play me. I liked it.

There are some top notch levels, too. One took place at the zoo. It's very funny. One uses a lot of verticality. Something involving explosive barrels that at least get artistic points. Oh, and the final level is bonuses.

But when I got to the end of the game, it felt like it was past its small reception. Most of its challenges – both in terms of combating confusion – go up even further, and after the passing of a certain point, VR becomes a liability rather than a diving developer. There are frustrating parts and mechanical stumbling blocks that I designed to frustrate.

Its fast that seems to sound like shooting the first person instead of a VR shooting gallery, Half-Life: Alyx

throws more and more enemies at you each time you step up into the open space. These enemies are certainly a bit more sturdy than the standard FPS badges, but they follow you, hit you, throw bombs to get you out of your way, and send you manhacks to hunt you down. For starters, this is fun, and it goes with the game's design: Alyx, is just a normal person taking on large armies. It is very cool to get strong behind the cover and then the gun explodes Warhammer 40,000 space the water wannabe with your other hand while injecting a health syringe into your stomach with the other. This is something for the skin of your teeth!

But these fights quickly get into the rough Around Rosie games where you fly around the combat using warp-stopping controls and an anky-jerky analog stick-based switch to randomly explode enemies before restarting the teleport-sprint your new range cover. It's not a proper control setting for that kind of cozy environment or situational awareness (though you can at least change the way you change game options). It doesn't sound natural in a fast-paced fight situation. Many times, my hand stuck to something, or my vision turned in the wrong direction, or my head was slightly hurt on the wall. Having enemies fill in "real" is more depressing than when they knocked down health points from a video game avatar, and it's not nice to feel like you're pulling a dysfunctional man at the same time. Sometimes, it's annoying either.

Some enemies introduced later in the game make this type of combat more enjoyable, but others do the opposite. Permanent spiritual moments, for example, come to you with terrifying showers, but it's fun to blow their legs off to slow them down. Blue Arguments, however, explode on you when they do the most damage and leaving the remnants of your eyes temporarily putting your limited vision (related to normal FPSes) for a while. Fight them with the rules of separation. To avoid their explosions, I bent my head, washed my feet in the distance, and even jumped back, nearly falling out of my bed. But combine the blue oppositions into a bunch of all-time noises and Combine Soldiers, and you get a recipe for depression. Finding a blinding explosion just doesn't feel right when you are struggling. There's no time to fight them in a fun way while hiding ten or more enemies, either. You have to change a lot of other things while fighting unmanned controls for flawless steering at high speeds.

It doesn't help that there are very few individual encounters, including managers. One employer is seen first as a subtle challenge to hide and seek, and then as a separate, more dangerous warfare that appears otherwise. But then the game bends you into a basement with two opponents and a fake one, forcing you to run rallies to avoid an attack that involves a massive landslide, and it's like "OK, we get it." Alyx it often gives the third act an encounter that doesn't feel like it needs them, or feels like they can rise to that level of sophistication in the first regular shooter. But this is a VR game, where the line between pleasure and frustration is soft.

Multiplayer multiplayer game puzzles, for the most part, do not suffer from the same things as combat, but similarly reach the point of diminishing returns to later parts of the game, as they grow from the trick of several three-dimensional spaces to unhieldy multiple parts of exercises to try to pull off previous stories of the same puzzle. There are a few repetitive puzzles for many resources inside Half-Life: Alyx: a hologram ball that you turn to blue lights (while avoiding a red light bulb), a hologram ball that asks you to align the same colored parts on its face, a hologram for mini-constellations that arranges the light lines to pass through the selected locations, and one where You use your Multi tool to track the wires in the walls and complete the circles by changing the direction of the electricity.

Many of these can be optional. They are very good, but there are many of them good, and new ones can add other steps instead of changing the puzzles in question. Lots of green lights directed at each other while you hope your controller doesn't go out short and forces you to restart. The small upper galaxies ride and filter until they are well aligned. Many cycles you can follow with multiple rooms. After a while, they made the game feel repetitive. As with combat, even the smallest issues of sensitivity sensor or sensor glitches can get them into annoyance, before being stopped prematurely.

I also question whether the use of the story, the long-standing FPS version of a single traditional player is genuinely worth it. I tried to play Alyx as I have done Half-Life 2 back in the day, immersing myself in its story and the world through a series of hours of playtime. I immediately came up with adrenaline and body massage therapies. VR for this reliability is just as strong as the average video game. Alyx it does a good job of disseminating its detailed drawings (in VR standards), showing a world that slowly builds up from youth to completely sinking into all kinds of foreign water. Along with the stellar sound and visual design, it leaves you in awe of what's around every corner. But it takes a long time, especially when those slaves eventually stop moving at night and start to bend in your face.

In addition, there is the obvious fact that VR is more physical than regular games. Any fixed play time, I would stand, walk, jump, and be broken. By themselves, we are not in any of these difficult or difficult activities, but they add up. Fortunately, Half-Life: Alyx it has a number of accessibility options to lighten the load and allow more people to play, such as a single control mode, crouch flex, adjustable position players adjustment, and height adjustment. But the standard game mode demands more personality than players can expect because, if not, standing in one position for a long time is difficult on the knees and back. In addition, there is still an accessory in the room: the price. Experience Half-Life: Alyx in its full glory, you need an expensive headset mounted on (at least) an expensive PC, not to mention an apartment or living room with enough room to move around comfortably. This game, meanwhile, certainly isn't for everyone.

Half-Life: Alyx it achieves some of the highest peaks while also being able to have a sense of responsibility and care very much for its benefit. At various points, it strives to be a longtime pregnant VR survivor, Gordon Freeman-esque heavy-handed with new ideas on how VR can transform video games with inventive and immersive devices, evidence that VR can be compatible with traditional action games meant to be totally different, and a lucky comeback of returning to Half life the atmosphere. It is not surprising that these goals are sometimes at odds with one another.

In many ways, the end result feels complementary Half life sequential inheritance Messenger has always been part of the package. Half life it was a masterpiece, but no one would call it perfect, as proven a gargantuan fan remake project that has spent over a decade trying to fix its mistakes. In fact, Half-Life 2Story it was not a narrative revolution– At least, not depending on the content of the story it told. It is confidential to fill in the gaps in the item and it has many other issues besides that. But the sense of its location and techniques are not pioneered to help players bring in the world's finest details of countless future games. And that doesn't mean anything about all the physical games that focus on physics.

Half-Life: Alyx achieves amazing heights while also being able to be self-disciplined and extremely accomplished in its own benefit.

Half-Life: Alyx, likewise, is a game of peaceful change that makes it more than the sum of its parts, of pioneering ideas that one day we can imagine VR games without. Its locations feel like a well-worn field until it's too late in its arc. Its story has one wild twist, but otherwise it goes pretty well as you might expect. It lacks the emotional footage needed to make its main songs really sing – Alyx's relationship with the opposition member, Russel, who talks in the ear throughout his journey, is a lot more heartfelt, and many other characters make shorter appearances than find the time to be real, you know, imitators. It is, in many ways, Another Half life A game in the formation of Half-Life 2 and its portions there would be more.

At the same time, I could go on for days about something-yanking stuff on my own. Once you've set it down, it's best to hold your hand like that The iron man, pull the object away from you, and then lower your controller (or just the trigger, if you prefer) to hold it. Every time I did it, I felt like a cool artist. My partner told me that I look healthy in real life while doing it. Nobody looks fantastic in real life when doing things in VR! And it solves many issues associated with navigating existing spaces. You don't have to reach for unusual angles to catch things and risk being distracted or damaging your VR setup. You can just fold your tree, and there you have it: the thing you want. I'm not joking when I say that my mind still thinks I should have this power in real life. In the past five days, I have tried at least three times to pull the little things out of my frame. So far, it hasn't worked, but I continue to give you hope.

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