Half-Life Alyx: Levitation is the most compelling reason to dust off my VR goggles I've seen since Half-Life: Alyx. Out today after two years of development, the ambitious mod promises 3-4 hours of barrel-chucking, window-breaking, train-dodging, combine-blasting fun.
Perhaps the full package will pale in comparison to Valve's polish, but the bit in this trailer where the player scurries down a train while contorting around manhacks looks oh-so appetisingly transportative. I think it's time I dug out my lighthouses.
The mod takes place immediately after the main game, with Alyx returning to City-17 after a chinwag with the G-man. "A mysterious levitating building" has appeared above "the Sector X region", explains the mod's Steam workshop page, with Alyx off to find two missing resistance members who went to investigate.
In Graham's Half-Life: Alyx review, he called the original game "a masterclass of first-person shooter design that makes clear the company haven't forgotten anything about making these kinds of games in the nine years since Portal 2, or the 13 years since Half-Life 2: Episode 2". It's a tough act for a mod to follow, for sure. Here's hoping it lets Graham pretend he's got more Half-Life for a bit.
If you want a go, you'll need to own a VR headset and Half-Life: Alyx. Happily, Alyx is currently 60% off on Steam, going for £20/$24/€23.60.