Honestly, Half-Life Alyx is GOAT Half-Life game
>this guy said meaningless platitudes on twitter, that means the company is better!
Great job Gabe, hiring the mongoloids at Campo Santo sure is paying off. Half Life isn't fucking Metal Gear; writing a decent story for it could be done by a middle schooler.JESUS CHRIST. Bit the bullet and saw the ending.
Once again it's a massive contradictive retcon even more blatant than Half Life 2's! Retconning a plot death is especially aggregious.
Wolpaw and Pinkerton wrote Portal 2. Wolpaw wrote the original Portal. Some faggot from Campo Santo was not the deciding factor in time travel being a thing in Half-Life now.Great job Gabe, hiring the mongoloids at Campo Santo sure is paying off. Half Life isn't fucking Metal Gear; writing a decent story for it could be done by a middle schooler.
I'm not sure it really matters anymore, since it's been shown that all they need to do is gather up the Dragon Balls and wish for people to come back to cheat death. That erases the impact of HL2:E2 and reeks of lazy writing. G-Man is now a friendly time-travelling space wizard who somehow still got caught by the Combine, and the whole thing gives off some very worrying Starcraft 2 vibes. Not really looking forward to future content if it's anything like this.I can't believe I'm saying this unironically but HL3 is confirmed. . 2020 what a year to be alive.
I get where you're coming from but you can get in for a lot less than 2000 if you're willing to compromise. Even if you want the Index specifically, I've been running Alyx at full res 120hz on mine with an i5-4590 and RX480, with only the occasional hiccup.I'm not paying 2,000 dollars to play the new half-life game. I'm usely about 5 to 10 years late to the party anyway with Half Life/Portal games. The only one I bought on release date was Portal 2.
Considering you got EXACTLY what I have I've now convinced myselt to take the plunge.I get where you're coming from but you can get in for a lot less than 2000 if you're willing to compromise. Even if you want the Index specifically, I've been running Alyx at full res 120hz on mine with an i5-4590 and RX480, with only the occasional hiccup.
Assuming you don't have a medium to high-end PC from sometime in the last 6 years already (and you live in America), an office desktop with an older i5 or i7 can be had for around $100, sometimes less, a GTX-970, 980, R9-380 or 390 can all be had for under $150, add a PSU and RAM upgrade and you're looking at a VR capable build under $400. Used 1st gen VR headsets are in the sub-$400 range on auction by now (and of course the Rift S and Quest are $400 new), so you could have a total of $800 or less. Obviously not an impulse buy, not great if you're adamant about Alyx being the only VR game you're interested in, but certainly better than 2 grand.
iirc windows mixed reality has even lower system requirements, however it ties you to windows. but you can get a lenovo explorer for like 150 bucks on sale, but if you're in the US I'd go for a samsung odyssey+. costs more but more comfort and technical featuresConsidering you got EXACTLY what I have I've now convinced myselt to take the plunge.
The club sandwich was nice, but I liked the floppy disk conversation more. And the vodka talk, especially if you carry a couple of bottles out into the next chapter.Okay, so about 6 hours in and I am at the Northern Star hotel. My thoughts: Visuals are amazing, especially when looking at things in the world up close. Easily the most impressive thing though in Alyx was how much detail they put in Alyx's hand when you grab individual items with a non-index controller. They didn't need to do that, but it's cool that they did.
Aiming can be finicky, but that is probably my controllers and Bluetooth adapter not liking at each other. Moving around is alright, though a bit jank with strafing. Reloading the Pistol was confusing, thanks to the instructions but I got the hang of it.
Sound design is top-notch as well, really sells the belief that you are in this hostile world. Headcrabs have a distinctive sound that will haunt me in my sleep now though. Guns and explosives sound really good as well.
Not going to lie, I really enjoy the character interaction of Alyx and Russell, with Russell telling bits and pieces of the world prior to the Black Mesa incident. I especially enjoy the part where Russell was describing a club sandwich to Alyx. That made me smile.
I'm putting 2 hours a day into Alyx, hoping to beat it this weekend.