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Facebook have bought the makers of Beat Saber

The Oculus lords at Facebook have bought Beat Games, the makers of VR breakout hit Beat Saber. That's the rhythm game where you gogg up to slash through blocks representing beats of a song - Guitar Hero meets Star Trek in cyberspace. Y'know, one of the games that people recommend a lot as a getaway to VR. That one. It's Facebook's. Beat Games say they'll…

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Feature: It's coming March 2020

What you need to know about Half-Life: Alyx after yesterday’s reveal

It's finally happening. After 12 years, Valve are making another Half-Life game. It's called Half-Life: Alyx, it's a prequel set between Half-Life 1 and 2, and it's only ever coming to VR. There was a bunch of information released about the game yesterday, via its official site, interviews with press and so on. If you weren't desperately sucking up every morsel like a sewer barnacle,…

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Valve: “Back in 2016, when we started this, Half-Life 3 was a terrifyingly daunting prospect”

Earlier this week, a rumour hit the internet - as it has many times before - that a new Half-Life game was going to be announced at The Game Awards next month. That turned out not to be true, and Half-Life: Alyx was revealed today instead. Although the initial reveal didn't end up belonging to The Game Awards and Geoff Keighley, he is involved. He's…

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Half-Life: Alyx’s first screenshots are here in 4K for your ogling

Now Valve have formally announced the upcoming Half-Life: Alyx, we can pore and coo over its first screenshots in shiny 4K resolution. The VR exclusive (which Valve tell us really does need to be VR, else "for all intents and purposes it would be an entirely different game") is set a few years before the return of Gordon Freeman and stars Alyx Vance as she…

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Valve say “It’s very difficult to imagine Half-Life: Alyx in a non-VR form”

"VR is essential to the experience of Half-Life: Alyx," Valve have told us following today's formal announcement of the new VR-only game starring Alyx Vance. Our Graham got to ask a few wee questions of animator Christine Phelan, who explained a fair bit about the game's origins. She told us it began as an experiment in virtual reality using bits and pieces of previous Half-Lives,…

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Half-Life: Alyx is a VR prequel to HL2, coming in March 2020

Valve today formally announced Half-Life: Alyx, a "full-length" game exclusively for VR. Half-Life is returning after 12 years, though Gordon Freeman seemingly is not and this isn't Half-Life 3. Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, this one stars future sidekick Alyx Vance in the years before Gordo's return when she and her dad were building the resistance. And yes, this really is…

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Valve confirm Half-Life: Alyx, a VR game being revealed on Thursday

Goodness me, Valve actually are making a new Half-Life game. Following the weekend's leaky rumours of Half-Life: Alyx, Valve have confirmed yup, it actually is real. They actually are making a new Half-Life, and it actually is for VR. They call Half-Life: Alyx "our flagship VR game" but aren't saying much of anything about what it is until an unveiling on Thursday.

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Playing three different light gun games at once in VR looks wild

Playing House Of The Dead with a light gun in each hand down the arcade is impressive, no doubt, but can you play House Of The Dead while playing Duck Hunt while playing Time Crisis? The emulator EmuVR, which plays ye olde PC and console games inside a mock-retro bedroom in VR, added light gun support this week in style. Players can not only play…

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Groundhog Day’s VR sequel, Like Father Like Son, is out today

Groundhog Day has a VR sequel. Let that sink in for a second. The Bill Murray comedy vehicle has been handed over to Tequila Works, and they've handed the curse of living the same day over and over to Phil Connors Jr - the junior to Murray's Phil Connors. He's back in Punxsutawney Pennsylvania, living his old man's nightmare, and just like pa, he's got…

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Tetris Effect’s trippy tetrominoes tumble onto PC next week

The digital dreaming of Rez Infinite and music-matching of Lumines lock into the block-spinning puzzling of Tetris next week with the PC launch of Tetris Effect, a trippy take on tetrominoes from some of the folks behind those other two fines games. Tetris Effect debuted on PlayStation 4 in November and I'll be very glad to have a go myself, given some of the lovely…

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Pet the VR cats of Kitten’d or they’ll destroy everything

I am not surprised to hear of a virtual reality game where you play with cats. Nor am I surprised to hear of a VR cat game where the furry devils will destroy things when your back's turned. I am both surprised and delighted to hear of a VR cat game where sometimes the cats are kaiju-sized and will destroy a city if you insufficiently…

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Raise, train, and dress a bird in Falcon Age, landing on PC soon

If you too have been watching enviously as your PlayStation pals post clips of them playing with an adorable wee raptor, chin up: Falcon Age is now headed towards PC. I've mostly been enthralled by people petting the bird, dressing it in costumes, and teaching it tricks as it grows, so I've honestly been surprised to see more now and discover the aviculture simulator has,…

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Beat Saber bops out of early access

Beat Saber's $100 Bills is an obnoxious song that I cannot remove from my brain. It's the musical equivalent of a bloke sidling up to you in a pub and asking if you want to see his armpits. Fortunately, Beat Saber has other songs, and makes slicing beats so satisfying that sometimes I don't even care that armpit man won't stop grunting about how wealthy…

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Myst studio Cyan crowdfunding new adventure Firmament

Teased a year ago, Cyan Worlds are ready to unveil their next esoteric point-and-click puzzler, Firmament, and have turned to Kickstarter to raise the $1.28 million it'll take to get it finished. Weird steampunk technology, ghosts in machines and all the obscure pushing of buttons and pulling of levers you'd expect from the makers of Myst and Obduction, but this time with a focus on…

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Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son will be a VR adventure game sequel to the movie

Ah, here we are doing the same thing over again – and yet, this one is different. Groundhog Day: Like Father Like Son is breaking the loop of movie sequels sticking to the same media format and will instead be a virtual reality adventure game. You can see what’s old and what’s new, plus some cute little rodent friends, in the trailer.

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Mosh Pit Simulator wobbles into early access for VR

Virtual reality, some might tell you, is the future of emotional interactive storytelling. Whether that's true or not, we should remember that VR has also great potential for fannying about like a big idiot. Lo, the clouds do part and Mosh Pit Simulator doth descend into early access. It's a goofed-out physics sandbox from Sos Sosowski, maker of the manic McPixel, and a game where…

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Jack your feet in with Cybershoes

Imagine stepping into cyberspace in meatshoes. The horror. All the cybermen will point at those useless nonvirtual feet flapping all jigglephysicsed at the end of your legs and laugh. The cyberbouncer won't even let you jack in: no shirt, no cybershoes; no net service. Cyberpals, rest easy. You can now blast your bytecoins at Cybershoes, a new controller for VR games which strap onto your…

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Flotilla 2 jacks in to blast off

Quadrilateral Cowboy and Thirty Flights Of Loving superstar Brendon Chung of Blendo Games has released Flotilla 2, a VR-only sequel to 2010's tidy turn-based tactical spaceship battler. Yes, you'll need Rift or Vive cybergoggles if you want to jaunt across space with a rag-tag group of spaceships. That leaves me out but, as someone who likes the first one, I do still hope goggheads juice…

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice added VR support today

"More than once during Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice I had to fight the urge to rip the headphones from my ears," Samuel Horti wrote in his Hellblade review, noting that "as a portrayal of how harrowing it is to live with psychosis it undoubtedly succeeds." Yeah yeah, but what if you could jam your eyeballs inside psychosis too? Now you may, as developers Ninja Theory today…

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