Many fans have been unable to play Half-Life: Alyx due to its VR exclusivity, but a new mod aimed at solving that bottleneck makes the whole game playable without a VR headset.
The first mod to play Half-Life: Alyx non-VR may be an impressive achievement, no doubt, but the rather janky condition made defeating the game virtually impossible. The latest claims are the first mod that allows you to complete Half-Life: Alyx without VR.
When I see the mod in action, I’m impressed with how playable the action looks on a mouse and keyboard – really, I can’t imagine the work and know-how that went into customizing a VR exclusive game for normal PC control. That said, it’s clear that Half-Life: Alyx is built from the ground up for VR play. You can still see a stiff pair of hands separated from their wrists in a first-person perspective, HTC Vive controllers while loading screens and the occasional jerk. Regardless, right now it’s probably your best bet to experience the entirety of Half-Life: Alyx without accusing a VR kit.
You can get your hands on the Half-Life: Alyx no-VR mod, as well as detailed installation instructions, here. Having personally decided to wait until I have a VR setup at home, I am curious about players’ perspectives on what it feels like to play Half-Life: Alyx without a VR headset.
Half-Life: Alyx has seen mostly critical acclaim since its release last month. GamesRadar’s own Rachel Weber called it “a love letter to Half-Life” and “a truly immersive experience that will impress Half-Life hardliners and newcomers.” While I’m not trying without VR, I can’t blame Half-Life fans too much on Alyx to resist the new mod.
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