Half-Life: Alyx - Review Thread

Final predictions?


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klauskorp

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Oct 27, 2017
358
Minnesota
I got a reservation for some Index controllers, which come with a copy of the game, but haven't heard anything since I got a spot in line. I assume this Covid stuff has messed up their supply chain or something? I suppose I'll wait to play it because I'd rather play it with those controllers than my old Vive controllers.
 

Zor

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Oct 30, 2017
1,217
Oh wow did anyone read the VentureBeat review? Seemingly docked points for releasing now. In the middle of a pandemic.
 

shaneo632

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Oct 29, 2017
14,705
Essex, UK
The horror focus probably means I won't ever finish this. Glad to pick it up and support the series though. I'm so sick of VR spiders.
 
Oct 30, 2017
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This is like if elderly Bruce Wayne came out of retirement, donned the Batsuit, and went and upstaged Nightwing.

You didn't expect it to happen, but it did and it turned out better than you thought. The fact that Valve announced and released this thing within a 3 month time span is just stupid.
 

Napalm_Frank

Avenger
Oct 27, 2017
3,556
Finland
Seems like a winner. Sadly I don't have the rig or the headset to run it. Hopefully Sony will not fuck the PSVR2 controllers up cuz missing out on this could be a real blunder on their VR front. That said if it starts to seem like it won't be hitting the console space when we get news on the next gen VR stuff I'll prolly finally have to get a PC VR headset.
 

DarthBuzzard

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Jul 17, 2018
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VentureBeat's review is pure garbage: "Real life is scary right now so Half Life Alyx isn't the right game to play."

Otherwise I'm happy to see reviewers are loving it.
 

Yippiekai

The Fallen
May 28, 2018
252
Oh wow did anyone read the VentureBeat review? Seemingly docked points for releasing now. In the middle of a pandemic.
I don't usually say that because reviewer have the right to have their own opinion about anything.
But fuck VentureBeat. It's not a review, it's a pile of garbage.
 

Scarface

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Oct 27, 2017
1,539
Canada
Yeah Im bummed that valve is holding half-life hostage with the vr stuff but im glad its reviewing well.

Ill likely never be able to play it and thats a fucking bummer.

Heres hoping for 3 sometime
 

shinobi602

Wushu Studios
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Oct 24, 2017
2,175
As a massive fan of HL and HL2...I'm crushed I'll probably never play this.

But congrats to the team. Hope this means more Half-Life in the future.
 

finalflame

Product Management
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Oct 27, 2017
3,451
Yeah Im bummed that valve is holding half-life hostage with the vr stuff but im glad its reviewing well.

Ill likely never be able to play it and thats a fucking bummer.

Heres hoping for 3 sometime
"Holding Half-Life hostage"....holy shit at the rhetoric on this forum sometimes.

Happy, but unsurprised at the review performance. Big day for everyone at Valve, super stoked to see the success of the team!
 

Chairmanchuck

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Oct 25, 2017
5,033
China
It's an incredibly immersive experience. It's just one I didn't really want to be immersed in right now.
But this VR experience is landing at a time when a pandemic is taking hold over the world. So, you know, I may already be a bit on edge. Bundle that with how playing VR can be uncomfortable and Alyx’s more survival-horror take on the franchise, and I often wished that I didn’t have to play this game at this particular moment in history.
From the Venturebeat review.
 

Instro

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Oct 25, 2017
7,748
So do we know if this is entirely a prequel, or is there some time travely stuff to connect it to the end of Episode 2?
 

ElephantShell

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Oct 25, 2017
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This will be the best game that the most people will never play.

Edit: guess I shouldn't say "never". If VR becomes more commonplace in the future people will probably go back and play this.
 
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DarthBuzzard

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Jul 17, 2018
2,868
Yeah Im bummed that valve is holding half-life hostage with the vr stuff but im glad its reviewing well.

Ill likely never be able to play it and thats a fucking bummer.

Heres hoping for 3 sometime
3 will be almost certainly be a VR game now, considering the positive reception.

The good thing is that there's no way such a game would release in less than 4-5 years, so VR will be much cheaper/accessible by then.
 

doodlewhizz

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Jan 9, 2019
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Oh wow did anyone read the VentureBeat review? Seemingly docked points for releasing now. In the middle of a pandemic.
It wasn't only the timing of release that was brought up as something the reviewer brought up as a negative though.

And they still gave it an 8/10 which is a good score.
 

J-Skee

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Oct 25, 2017
2,639
The horror aspect actually makes me want to try to get through Resident Evil 7. I am truly afraid to get through that game in VR.
 

MrCibb

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Dec 12, 2018
1,357
UK
Man I want this so bad. Now more than ever I can't justify shelling out for a big VR headset but this is top of my "One fucking day..." list for sure. Love what I've read in some of the reviews so far, I almost know I'll enjoy this.
 

saci

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Oct 25, 2017
3,046
If anything this is THE best time to release a VR game, as people are in need of immersive entertainment
 

finalflame

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Oct 27, 2017
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You worked a bit on this, right? Congrats!
I did have the pleasure of working on and doing quite a bit of testing back when it was only known as "HL: VR" . It was nearly 3 years ago. Things came a long way :)
Especially because this is essentially a different developer, as Valve has changed a lot in the past two decades.
Valve has such an ingrained set of principles and values, that while the team might not be 100% the same people, the spirit of the company creating the game is very much unchanged. It shows in the work!
 
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vestan

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Dec 28, 2017
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Bunch more 10/10 reviews coming in, this is probably gonna settle in the 94s - 95s tbh.