- Valve’s Half-Life: Alyx launched today.
- The reviews are overwhelmingly positive with some gaming outlets handing out perfect scores.
- Critics are touting the game as a defining moment in VR’s history.
Half-Life: Alyx launched today, throwing players back into Valve’s storied franchise for the first time since 2007.
In rather unusual fashion, the developer opted to lift the embargo on the release date, and the reviews have started pouring in.
The consensus is that Half-Life: Alyx marks a milestone in the history of VR gaming, giving the technology a flagship title capable of catapulting it into the mainstream. It sets the bar for what a well-funded AAA studio can do when it throws its full might behind a VR title.
Here’s a round-up of what the leading gaming publications have said so far. Scores are overwhelmingly positive, with many assigning a perfect rating to Half-Life: Alyx.
Half-Life: Alyx Drops to Rave Reviews
When Half-Life 2 released, it revolutionised the first-person shooter. It set a benchmark for shooters that followed, just as the opening train journey in the first Half-Life led to dozens of games aping that slow-burn introduction. One of the reasons Valve never counted to three and gave us a proper sequel is the expectation that comes with it. The series’ core ideas have been refined and polished, and believable physics are no longer such a novelty in video games. Where is left for Half-Life to innovate? It turns out Valve just needed new tech. It just needed VR.
Not only has Half-Life: Alyx made good on its shift to VR, it has elevated many of the aspects we’ve come to love about Half-Life games. It may not be as bombastic as previous games, but the intimacy of VR brings you closer to a world you might have thought you knew over the past 22 years. Even when familiarity starts to settle in, its gameplay systems still shine as a cohesive whole. And…