Half-Life: Alyx - best VR game ever?

Half-Life: Alyx - best VR game ever?
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I guess this question can only apply to those who have played Half-Life: Alyx. I’ve seen a few reviews that describe it as ‘best VR game ever’. My gut feeling is if you are a fan of a specific genre (eg racing or flight sims) then probably not.

Personally I have been wowed by it and is currently my favourite first person shooter.

What do you guys think? Has anyone tried it and been disappointed or just not liked it?

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As a player of the original Half Life, Counter Strike for many years, and Half Life 2, I have to say Valve absolutely nailed it with Alyx. I got the same feeling I had when first playing Half Life, only this time as an experience in VR. I played for a couple hours yesterday, and when my girlfriend got home, I started over to show her the game. Playing through the beginning a second time was just as awesome. The game is simply stunning on the Pimax. The visuals are the best yet, the lighting is great, sound is top notch, combat action is fantastic, the motion capture of the creatures and NPCs is extremely realistic, and the story is great. Actor/comedian Rhys Darby adds a great bit of humor at the right moments. It is by far the most advanced and impressive VR game to date, and likely will be for quite some time.

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What do you guys think?

Right, this is the best game for now.

Has anyone tried it and been disappointed or just not liked it?

Got sickness after 2 hours of playing with blinks as locomotion.

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The original made Steam what it is. Was the most played online game in the day. Having played the entire franchise many times, this is a dream come true. All thumbs here, so 10 thumbs up.

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What refresh did you play it at? 90Hz or higher? PP? Were there any of the glitches others have described?

I have to put my hands up and admit despite playing games for over 40 years (started with an Atari console & pong), have never played a Half-Life game before :astonished:. Which makes it even more impressive they made a game I love. Normally the horror elements would have put me off (going through the dark tunnels with a small torch was not my idea of fun). Really liked the same sense of humour, technically amazing and agree with you guys they nailed it :+1:

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Knowing the story and characters doesn’t make it any less impressive, but would be hard to play the older titles again given this masterpiece.

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I’m also worried in raising the bar they may have made it hard to play some future VR games (was looking forward to the first person shooters Medal of Honour: Above and Beyond & Phantom: Covert ops).

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That’s true of all my flat world games and has been for almost 4 years. There were already VR games that I found fugly, but still those i will play despite now being diminished somewhat.
Good play is good play even when the graphics aren’t equal. Having Index controllers has me playing games like In Death regularly, despite the graphics being bland.

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smooth turning implemented now, thank you so much Valve :+1: :beer: :facepunch:

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Ooooo didn’t know that, will try later. Thanks :+1:

Update: just find this

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I’m running it at 90hz, with PP on, using a 2080ti on Ultra settings. I was able to play for a few hours last night and it ran perfectly. I didn’t have any glitches or issues except for flickering when I first got the game, but that was fixed once I enabled PP and rebooted the Pitool service/Pimax HMD.

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Same settings, same card - runs perfect (large FOV). This game is the vR masterpiece we all waited for. I sure am having a ton of fun with this.

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Exactly this. Once I’ve completed Alyx … there’s nothing else left to play. That sucks.I can’t go back anymore to the usual sh*tty games after Alyx. Easily best VR game ever and that also makes it best game in general ever since I love VR. Not sure what else even comes close.

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Sex Drugs and Rock&Roll and the new Colin McRae pack for Dirt Rally 2 :grinning:

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Not surprisingly it’s smashing VR records. Unsure what impact Covid-19 had (more people at home but some of them couldn’t buy the HMD they want).

This comment did make me smile :grin: “I was kinda wondering what I was doing playing VR while on COVID-19 quarantine, choosing to escape into a VR world to do what??? To go walking into a quarantine zone???”

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Pray for the covid epidemic to pass and come back to enjoy this game in the near future.

Anticipating this game, as I’m a big fan of the BattleField and Medal of Honor franchises.

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I have nearly finished Half-life Alyx and it’s been a fantastic game especially if you are a Half-life fan . As soon as I finish I will play it again just for the eye candy . The only problem I had was very slow load times from my standard hard drive so I am heading out to buy a 1tb m2 ssd to swap it to . I hope that speeds it up.

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With my SSD load times are about 10-15 seconds. It should speed things up for you.

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