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Watch 10 minutes of new Half-Life: Alyx gameplay

Three gameplay videos, three types of movement

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Valve will release its first new Half-Life game, the virtual reality exclusive Half-Life: Alyx, on March 23, more than 12 years after the previous entry came to PC. On Monday, Valve released a trio of gameplay videos, totaling more than 10 minutes of footage, of Half-Life: Alyx in action.

Each video showcases one of the VR game’s styles of movement. There’s teleport, which lets the player leap from place to place instantly, minimizing motion sickness; continuous, a more traditional style of first-person movement that is aimed at the strongest of stomachs; and shift, a smoothly zooming transition between points.

In addition to some familiar looking Half-Life first-person shooting through City 17’s alien-infested, dystopian environment and battles against headcrab zombies, the three videos showcase Alyx’s VR interactivity. The player interacts with objects, puzzles, and pieces of the environment in some interesting ways, like swinging open a car door to create cover in a gunfight with Combine soldiers.

Half-Life: Alyx will be available through Steam and playable on a variety of virtual reality headsets, including Valve Index, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift (and Quest, with a PC and Link cable), and Windows Mixed Reality.

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