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video game, half-life: alyx 

Ok, I've played about an hour of this, but so far, Valve has nailed it.
It looks like Half-Life, it feels like Half-Life, there are a ton of options for accessibility and different movement styles, and it runs on our several-years-old Alienware laptop and first-run Vive, albeit at minimum settings.

video game, half-life: alyx 

Interacting with objects is extremely natural, from boxes and bottles to dials to big, heavy crates and barrels to writing to loading a pistol.

In true Half-Life style, nearly all the objects in the environment seem to be interactive, down to the hardhat I'm currently wearing. This is used to good effect with pickups, which could be inside boxes, underneath debris, etc.

video game, half-life: alyx 

The killer mechanic of the game is Alyx's gravity gloves. Similar to HL2's gravity gun, the gloves let you reel in objects from a distance and grab them.

The way it works is that you point at an object with either hand, "grab" it, flick your wrist back to fling it toward you, then catch it (or pick it up from the ground after missing it). I was skeptical when the game introduced it, but it felt very natural after a handful of tries.

video game, half-life: alyx 

Gee, if only I had a damn CROWBAR…

video game, half-life: alyx 

Backronyming in progress, please stand by

video game, half-life: alyx 

I'm sure these are perfectly safe

video game, half-life: alyx 

I wonder how you cook these

video game, half-life: alyx 

Today I entered "The Quarantine Zone", and right now it feels a little on the nose…

video game, half-life: alyx 

They've really done a phenomenal job of framing striking scenes without being able to control the player's movement or perspective

video game, half-life: alyx 

I knew things were going to go downhill for me after this. And then they did.

video game, half-life: alyx 

I can't tell if it's wonderful or terrible that I spend most of my time in Half-Life: Alyx physically rooting through garbage, looking for anything of value

video game, half-life: alyx 

They really like their upside-down dudes in this position

video game, half-life: alyx 

It's pretty likely that I will be the first casualty of this weapon

video game, half-life: alyx 

YOU NEED THE BLUE KEY

video game, half-life: alyx 

Gee, is something serious about to go down?

video game, half-life: alyx 

просто сказать нет

video game, half-life: alyx, alcohol 

all right, what's on tap

video game, half-life: alyx 

that's uhh … quite a clog

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video game, half-life: alyx, gore 

just half-life things

video game, half-life: alyx 

Got back into the gravity gloves today after … wow, like 4 months

#gameing #HalfLifeAlyx

video game, half-life: alyx, minor gag spoiler 

There's this great gag where there are three headcrab zombies hanging out in the doorway of an apartment, and when you clear them out and enter the room, you hear a toilet flushing and then another one bursts in from the bathroom.

This really raises a lot of questions for me about the private lives of headcrab zombies.

#gameing #HalfLifeAlyx

video game, half-life: alyx 

I think there's a strong argument that I already have sole custody

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video game, half-life: alyx 

Played a little last night for the first time since we moved our rooms around.

Of course I hadn't remembered to charge the controllers, and in the middle of digging through the trash looking for ammunition, my left hand just fell motionless to the ground.

Welp.

#gameing #HalfLifeAlyx

video game, half-life: alyx 

Somebody at valve is obsessed with toilets

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video game, half-life: alyx, alcohol 

Pro Tip: Keep your ammunition fresher by storing it in the freezer with the vodka

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video game, half-life: alyx 

I genuinely never wanted to see one this close

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video game, half-life: alyx 

I … guess I'm not supposed to be able to get up here

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video game, half-life: alyx 

An embarrassment of riches

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video game, half-life: alyx, minor puzzle spoiler 

Suck it, Jeff

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video game, half-life: alyx 

🎶 Down in a hole
Feelin' so small 🎶

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video game, half-life: alyx 

Ah, of course this is the only way forward

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video game, half-life: alyx 

@Tak It passes way beyond my threshold for playable/enjoyable. There's a spot where I stopped and would have stopped entirely if I didn't find the debug option to remove all lighting

video game, half-life: alyx 

@Cheeseness It's definitely tense in places (although I've only gotten ⬆️ this far). That was also true of HL2, but I feel like the effect is much more visceral in VR.

video game, half-life: alyx 

@Tak I struggled in particular with one spot in the hotel - IMO, it was gratuitous and unnecessary and even though I was consciously aware that the particular sequence is scripted to not actually be dangerous, I just couldn't do it. On the other hand, I had no problems with Jeff, and I know that a lot of people struggle with him.

video game, half-life: alyx 

@Tak I shared my general reflections here (no spoilers and no references to anything that you haven't already encountered) mastodon.social/@Cheeseness/10

video game, half-life: alyx, jeff spoilers 

@Cheeseness Yeah, the "you have to spend an extended period in close proximity to this big thing that's hunting you and is effectively invincible" gameplay was really stressful for me - which is something I can enjoy, in short stints.

But when I came out of the main section like, "Well, now that's over!" … and then I found out that I needed to go back into a small area with it to get the power sources for the hatch, I was like, "Ok, that's enough for today."

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video game, half-life: alyx 

You wouldn't think this would be creepy in comparison to everything else…

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video game, half-life: alyx 

Another Half Life: Alyx session, another grenade lost because I threw it without arming it and then couldn't find it again when everything calmed down

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video game, half-life: alyx 

Grenade or tape measure, you decide!

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