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Half-Life: Alyx gets more than three hours of developer commentary

Published: 17:30, 13 November 2020
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If you've been wondering about the development of Half-Life: Alyx and how Valve managed to bring their classic to the land of VR, then look no further than the developer commentary.

All owners of Half-Life: Alyx now have access to upwards of three hours of commentary from Valve's team, covering just about every aspect of design. The commentary supports subtitles in over 10 languages, so hopefully, yours is among them, but the English one seems fairly easy to follow as well.

As you can see in the trailer, to listen to Half-Life: Alyx's dev commentary, players need to pick up a floating hologram of a radio headset, put in on their head and enjoy the show.

Of course, not everyone will want to know how the sausage is made, and fair play to them, but it's actually pretty interesting seeing just how many tweaks went into certain playing areas, all in order to make Half-Life: Alyx feel like a proper Half-Life experience, rather than a shoddy port. 

From the simplest of tweaks to extensive rebalancing, Valve pulled every trick in the book and those that weren't in there were invented. Half-Life: Alyx players who found a way to run the game with regular controls know this pretty well - the team took so much care to make things pop in VR that using keyboard and mouse felt tedious most of the time. And that's the best-case scenario too. 

Half-Life: Alyx's dev commentary shows a few moments where Valve thought things went wrong, but surprisingly enough, players cited them as the highest moments of their playthrough. We suppose one can never have enough of happy accidents, but with more than three hours, brace yourself for many more moments like this.

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