Half-Life: Alyx is a watershed moment for virtual reality

At some point during the 12 years that we’ve spent waiting for another Half-Life game, there came a sense of acceptance. As the hope of Half-Life 3 went from a tantalizing reality to an overwrought joke, many believed that we may never see the series again, or at least, the version we’d end up with would be a shade of the source material.

That’s why some fans appear to have distanced themselves from Half-Life: Alyx – how could Valve possibly follow-up one of the most influential games of all-time through the burgeoning lens of VR? People saw it as a spin-off, a prequel no less – something that surely wouldn’t get to sit at the same table as its mythic predecessors.

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