Crowbar Collective’s Black Mesa, a stunning Half-Life 1 remake, has just gotten a new “Definitive Edition”, and it begins open beta on Steam as of today. In addition to graphical updates, several Black Mesa chapters also were fine tuned, most notably, “On a Rail,” in which the rocket silo is getting tweaked. Current owners of Black Mesa 1.0 can access the Definitive Edition beta by simply right-clicking the title in their Steam library and selecting Properties where “public-beta” appears in the dropdown menu. Read more for two videos and additional information.
As many already know, Half-Life: Alyx is a virtual reality first-person shooter set between the events of Half-Life (1998) and Half-Life 2 (2004). Players take control of Alyx Vance who is on a mission to seize a superweapon belonging to the alien Combine. This latest mod lets you enter the world of BioShock Rapture in virtual reality, if you’re brave enough that is. Called “Return to Rapture,” the mod is focused on Andrew Ryan, the founder of Rapture, who holds a suitcase with the key to ADAM (a genetics-manipulating chemical) and BioShock’s iconic plasmids. Read more for two gameplay videos and additional information.
Want to play Half-Life: Alyx, but can’t get your hands on a virtual reality headset? If so, then you’re in luck, as a developer has just released a mod, called ‘Pancake FPS Starter Kit’, that not only lets you play in non-VR mode, but also adds the ability to add custom weapon scripts. If you happen to use the base mod, there will only be weapons from Half-Life 2. Read more for a video and additional information.
Half-Life: Alyx was released today, and it just might be the best adventure virtual reality game yet. It takes place before the return of Gordon Freeman in Half-Life 2, and players control his ally Alyx Vance as she, along with her father Eli Vance, fight the Combine, an alien empire that has conquered Earth. Players use virtual reality to get supplies, use interfaces, throw objects, and engage in combat with gravity gloves, which also allow players to manipulate gravity. Read more for a video review and additional information.
Jurassic Life is fan project by a group of Half-Life 2 modders that dates all the way back to 2006, with the first playable demo being released around 7-years ago. Now, it’s almost ready for release. This isn’t a recreation of the movie, but rather putting dinosaurs and the ability to fire a shotgun at these creatures, into Half-Life 2. Read more for a trailer and additional information.
The HTC Vive Cosmos Elite pre-orders were delivered today, and some may be surprised to find a digital code for Steam to download Half Life: Alyx beginning on March 23, 2020. It combines high definition graphics, ergonomic engineering, and modular features to offer the same refined capabilities as the original Cosmos, while external Steam VR tracking and advanced controllers enable precision and freedom of movement. Product page. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Half-Life: Alyx is set to be released on March 23rd, but Valve is letting players test a few environments from the game as Steam VR “home” spaces, or virtual areas where users can hang out. One SteamVR player discovered much more than Valve intended in the City 17 home space, as they were able to figure out a way to climb the massive Citadel structure using a program called Open VR. Read more for the video.