Fans have eagerly waited for the next Half-Life instalment for over a decade and it is finally here and it is a fully-fledged VR title that is the size of the first two games and it is coming in March 2020.
You can pre-purchase Half-Life: Alyx on Steam for £41.84 (or $54) and it will be playable on any Steam-compatible headset. It looks as though Valve is going to renovate and innovate the VR scene entirely just as they did with the FPS genre through Half-Life 1 and 2.
What is the story of ‘Half-Life: Alyx’?
According to Valve, the game is set during the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, so it is indeed a prequel that fills the gaps. Obviously, you cannot play as Gordon as, during this time, he is in stasis, following the murder of the Nihilanth in the original game.
So, you step into the shoes of Alyx Vance, one of Gordon’s closest friends in Half-Life 2 and its episodes. Alyx and her father “discover a secret that leads them into the heart of the Combine’s occupation of City 17” and so it looks as though we will be revisiting the iconic Eastern European location, still under the tyrannical and oppressive rule of the Combine Empire.
The trailer gave us a look at a brand new character who is incredibly reminiscent of Half-Life 2’s Beta‘s own ‘Odell’, who became ‘Odessa’, the handy guy in the blue shirt that gave you a rocket launcher in the final release of Half-Life 2.
Much like Odell, he is helping with what sounds like the Borealis, the famed Aperture Science (yes, the Portal guys) interdimensional ship. His costume, physical appearance, voice and role all appear to be recycled from the beta, which is not unusual for Valve.
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We also get a brand new look at different Combine soldiers and headcrab zombie variants. Antlions are also returning along with Striders and the infamous G-Man, one of the most mysterious villains in all of gaming.
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