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Best Half-Life: Alyx mods

It’s taken time to build up a decent collection of Half-Life: Alyx mods, but not as long as I thought it would. People were building them before Valve released the proper SDK, and now it's out there are hundreds of levels, weapons and experiments. I had a great time sneaking through forgotten areas of City 17, or taking time out from Combine harvesting to toss…

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Why, on further thought, Star Wars: Squadrons can’t be the next TIE Fighter

Last night, after watching the trailer for EA's forthcoming space combat jamboroo Star Wars: Squadrons, I finally fell prey to the nostalgia that had remained unstirred by an entire trilogy of Star Warses, and got excited enough to blurt the words "TIE Fighter successor". Reader: I'm sorry. I was drunk on lasers. Utterly trolleyed on spaceships, and slurring that a trailer was my best mate.…

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I thought I was immune to Star Wars nostalgia until I saw the Squadrons trailer

I was a massive Star Wars nerd as a kid. Obviously. But by the time the prequel trilogy had been and gone, I was out of my teens and largely out of love with the whole thing. I mustered a bit of "ooh, that's pleasant" for The Force Awakens, and I had fun with the other two movies, but I definitely didn't feel any of…

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Star Wars: Squadrons will bring spaceship dogfights to October

EA today revealed Star Wars: Squadrons as a first-person spacehip dogfighting game, coming in October. It's set after Return of the Jedi, will let you fly both Rebel Alliance and Empire, and yes, it will have a singleplayer campaign as well as 5v5 multiplayer. Three pleasant surprises: it'll have cross-platformer multiplayer between PC and consoles; it'll support VR; and it will be on Steam at…

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VR adventure Paper Beast is coming to PC and the Steam Game Festival

After debuting on PlayStation VR, sandbox puzzle adventure Paper Beast has announced that it will release on PC this summer. The semi-surreal sandbox puzzle is headed up by Pixel Reef founder Eric Chahi of Another World and From Dust fame. It strikes me as one of those games that's tough to wrap your head around without giving it a go. Fortunately, Paper Beast is joining…

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Half-Life: Alyx’s bottles now have sloshing liquid, and it’s a bit magic

Infants have long known the joys of shaking a bottle to watch its contents slosh and bubble, and now Half-Life: Alyx players can experience that joy too. Valve last night updated the VR explore-o-shooter with fancy new mock bottle fluids, and even as someone whose body wholly rejects VR I am captivated watching players play with bottles of booze. It's like a real beer, but…

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Tall Half-Life: Alyx testers struggled with low-hanging pipes, and devs thought it was a bug

Movement is make or break for VR games. A convincing, non-nauseating solution is vital, and Half-Life: Alyx does an admirable job of navigating through that. Valve have explained how they got there, in a new video that brings up sound design, pathing fiddliness, and why they had to ditch a certain system because tall testers kept hitting their virtual heads on low-hanging pipes.

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The best VR games on PC

Ever since Half-Life: Alyx came out earlier this year, virtual reality has been going from strength to strength, so we've put together a list of the best VR games you can play on PC right now. It's by no means a complete list, as there are now more great VR games than you'll ever have time to play, but if you've just bought yourself a…

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Watch this Half-Life: Alyx player’s excellent juggling tricks

You've all sat through your Half-Life: Alyx VR maths lesson, right? Good. Time for a treat.YouTuber "ChrisQuitsReality" has put together an impressive performance of bottle-tossing, plate-flipping, grenade-groping and chair-chucking, with the occasional use of Alyx's gravity gloves for added flair. He is a juggling wizard, and you will appreciate him. Unless you really want to avoid mild environment spoilers.

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We talk Half-Life: Alyx with Valve in “the meanest interview ever”

It's taken 13 years, but we finally have a new Half-Life game. It may not be the long-awaited Half-Life 3, but as you've probably seen from our Half-Life: Alyx review, Valve's first foray into virtual reality shows they're a developer that are still very much at the top of their game. But Half-Life: Alyx isn't just the work of a talented team of developers. It's…

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People already got the basics of Half-Life: Alyx working outside VR

It was inevitable that fiddlers and modders would try to make Half-Life: Alyx into a regular ol' non-VR game, and yup, they're already encouraged by preliminary digging. Fans have poked around with debug options and got Alyx running without cybergoggles and with basic FPS keyboard controls, though that's a long, long, long way short of Alyx being playable the same as any ol' Half-Life. Valve's…

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What’s the best VR headset for Half-Life: Alyx?

Half-Life: Alyx may have been built from the ground up to support Valve's super expensive Index headset, but as you may have seen from my Half-Life: Alyx PC requirements and VR headset specs article, you can actually play it on any VR headset that supports SteamVR, including the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift headsets and any Windows Mixed Reality headset. Heck, you can even play Half-Life:…

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Half-Life: Alyx’s first patch makes it easier to turn

For a few years, VR seemed like a peripheral, literally and figuratively. Now that Half-Life: Alyx is front and center in our minds, folks are collectively adjusting to getting their heads around the biggest VR release—what—ever? In Alyx's first update, Valve have now added a new way to control turning your head, which is apparently more tricky than you'd imagine.

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VR has done wonders for the Combine’s life expectancy, say Valve

The Combine are still public enemy number one in Half-Life: Alyx, but moving the series to VR has done wonders for their overall health, Valve have told me. Whereas before "the average lifetime of a Half-Life 2 Combine soldier was probably somewhere between 10-20 seconds," according to Half-Life: Alyx's lead programmer and designer Robin Walker, "as soon as we started to do play-testing in VR,…

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HP are teasing a new SteamVR headset for Half-Life: Alyx

HP have given us a sneak peak of their next-gen virtual reality headset in a new teaser video - just in time for the launch of Half-Life: Alyx. Called the Reverb G2, this new headset promises "no compromise" and aims to deliver "a more immersive, comfortable and compatible experience" than HP's 1st-gen Reverb headset. HP are also calling it "the new standard in VR", suggesting…

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Valve say they don’t have other VR games in development

Back in 2017, head honcho Gabe Newell revealed Valve were working on "three full VR games". We got one of them last night. Half-Life: Alyx is very good, according to Graham's Half-Life: Alyx review, but it seems the other two have gone missing. According to Valve designer Greg Coomer, "there aren’t three other titles in development." We only wanted two, Greg.

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Until Alyx spoke, “everyone just assumed they were playing as Gordon Freeman,” say Valve

As its name implies, Half-Life: Alyx sees you step into the virtual shoes of Alyx Vance, Gordon Freeman's fellow Resistance member from Half-Life 2. But in early playtests, several players still thought they were playing as Half-Life's silent protagonist, Valve have told me."We spent a bunch of time early on messing about with Alyx, trying to figure out what kind of language players responded well…

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How to play Half-Life: Alyx on Oculus Quest

Half-Life: Alyx can be played on practically every PC VR headset under the sun, from the super expensive Valve Index to entry-level Windows Mixed Reality headsets. However, you can also play it on the standalone Oculus Quest when you take advantage of Oculus Link, which connects your Quest to your PC like an ordinary Rift headset. In this article, I'll walk you through exactly how…

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Valve haven’t made Half-Life 3 yet because their attempts weren’t good enough

Half-Life: Alyx is out today and, as you'd hoped, it is good. Graham-certified good, in RPS's Half-Life Alyx review. For all its goodness, Alyx is not officially Half-Life 3, which Valve still have not made. There are a few primary reasons that the fabled "3" hasn't made an appearance, Valve have now explained. Chief among them, they just weren't happy with what they came up with.

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Half-Life: Alyx VR performance: How to get the best settings and the smoothest experience

Half-Life: Alyx has finally arrived, marking Valve's big return to their most famous game series as well as their first foray into the realms of VR. You can read more about wot Graham thinks of the game itself in his Half-Life: Alyx review, but here I thought I'd focus on Half-Life: Alyx's VR performance chops, and in particular what kind of experience you can expect…

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