Half-Life: Alyx

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Half-Life: Alyx
Developer(s)Valve
Publisher(s)Valve
Writer(s)
Composer(s)Mike Morasky
SeriesHalf-Life
EngineSource 2
Platform(s)
ReleaseMarch 23, 2020
Genre(s)First-person shooter
Mode(s)Single-player

Half-Life: Alyx is a first-person shooter video game for virtual reality created by the company Valve Corporation and released in 2020. The game happens between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2. The player controls Alyx Vance who is on a mission to take control of a superweapon which belongs to Combine.

Plot[change | change source]

The events of Half-Life: Alyx happen five years before the events of Half-Life 2.[1] Alyx Vance and her father Dr. Eli Vance are captured by the Combine forces. Resistance member Russell rescues Alyx. He tells her that Eli will be sent to Nova Prospekt for questioning.[2]

Reception[change | change source]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic93/100[3]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Destructoid9/10[9]
Edge9/10[12]
Game Informer9/10[7]
GameSpot9/10[4]
IGN10/10[5]
PC Gamer (US)92%[6]
The Guardian5/5 stars[11]
USgamer4.5/5[8]
VG2475/5 stars[10]

According to review aggregator Metacritic, Half-Life: Alyx received "universal acclaim".[13] Reviewers at publications such as VG247, Tom's Hardware, and Video Games Chronicle have said that the game is VR's "killer app".[14][15][16][17][18]

Vic Hood from TechRadar said that: "This certainly isn't the long-awaited Half-Life 3. However, it's nice to see Valve following through on a Half-Life project as the company has run hot and cold on whether we would ever see another entry in the series. But we forever live in hope for a Half-Life 3."[19]

References[change | change source]

  1. Valve (March 23, 2020). Half-Life: Alyx. Windows. Valve. Opening text: It is five years before the collapse of the Citadel and the death of Eli Vance.
  2. Valve (March 23, 2020). Half-Life: Alyx. Windows. Valve. Alyx: Russell... What did you guys find back there? / Russell: Well, that's the crazy thing! I don't know! Just...blurry pictures of a...building. / Alyx: The Citadel? / Russell: No, it's something else. And whatever it is, they're gonna kill anybody who saw it, and anybody who knows anybody who saw it. Which means us...and your dad.
  3. "Half-Life: Alyx for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  4. Higman, Michael. "Half-Life: Alyx Review - Full-Life Consequences". GameSpot. CBS Interactive. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  5. Stapleton, Dan (March 23, 2020). "Half-Life: Alyx Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  6. Livingstone, Christopher (March 23, 2020). "Half-Life: Alyx Review - PC Gamer". PC Gamer. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  7. Vader, Leo (March 23, 2020). "Half-Life: Alyx". Game Informer. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  8. Olsen, Mathew (March 23, 2020). "Half-Life: Alyx Review: Forget About Freeman". USGamer. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  9. Staff (March 23, 2020). "Review: Half-Life: Alyx". Destructoid. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  10. McKeand, Kirk (March 23, 2020). "Half-Life: Alyx review – VR's killer app is a key component in the Half-Life story". VG247. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  11. Lane, Rick (March 25, 2020). "Half-Life: Alyx review – a spectacular immersive experience". The Guardian. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  12. Casciato, Peter (March 22, 2020). "Half-Life: Alyx Gets High Score in First Review". Game Rant.
  13. "Half-Life: Alyx for PC Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved April 2, 2020.
  14. Staff (March 23, 2020). "Review: Half-Life: Alyx". Destructoid. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  15. Carbotte, Kevin. "Half-Life: Alyx Gameplay Review: (Almost) Every VR Headset Tested". Tom's Hardware. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  16. Robinson, Andrew (March 23, 2020). "Review: Half-Life Alyx is VR's stunning killer app". VGC. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  17. Oloman, Jordan. "Half-Life: Alyx is a watershed moment for virtual reality | TechRadar". www.techradar.com.
  18. "CES 2020: Teslasuit Will Unveil New Haptic VR Gloves". Tech Times. December 27, 2019.
  19. Hood, Vic (November 21, 2019). "Half-Life: Alyx is anything but Half-Life 3". TechRadar. Archived from the original on November 23, 2019. Retrieved November 23, 2019.