lyndonguitar
Lyndon
 
 
"We are the middle children of history. Born too late to explore earth, born too early to explore space." -anonymous

I like to play games. A big fan of space exploration and astrophysics.
Favorite games: Kerbal Space Program, Stellaris, Diablo, Half-Life, Mount and Blade, CSGO, Rainbow Six Siege, All hail Gaben
Currently Offline
Hello Visitor, Welcome
Some Links :portal:
Youtube Channel
Steam Trades Reputation Page [www.steamgifts.com]
Origin (e.g. Battlefield | Apex Legends) - lyndonguitar [battlelog.battlefield.com]
Battlenet (e.g. Diablo | Overwatch ) - lyndonguitar#1663 [us.battle.net]
Elite Dangerous Fleet and Stats [inara.cz]
Secondary Steam Account
Original/Old Steam Account (13 Years Member)
Another Alternate Account
Email me at lyndongaming@gmail.com

Main Desktop Specs: :Dosh:
CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K @ 4.8-5GHz 1.28v (6C/12T)
Mobo: Gigabyte Z370 Aorus Gaming 5
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GDDR6X
RAM: 32 GB 3000MHz T-Force Delta RGB (4x8GB Dual Channel)
SSD: 2 x 1TB Crucial P1 NVMe PCIe + 500GB Samsung Evo 850
HDD: 2TB, 2TB, 3TB
Case: Cougar Panzer Max
Cooling: Deepcool Captain 240EX
PSU: EVGA 750GQ 80+ Gold Modular
Displays: Samsung 49" 144Hz CHG90 (32:9 'superwide' 3840x1080@144Hz) + 43" HDTV
VR Headset: Oculus Quest 2 - played wirelessly via Virtual Desktop
Secondary Desktop Specs: :Dosh:
CPU: Intel Core i7-2600
GPU: AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
RAM: 16GB (2x8) Kingston HyperX
SSD: 240GB Kingston A400
HDD: 1TB
Case: Tecware Nexus M TG
Cooling: IDCooling DK-03 Red
PSU: Corsair VS450
Display: Samsung 24" CF390 Curved 1080p@72hz

Gaming Laptop Specs: :Dosh:
Asus ROG GL552VX
Display: 15.6" 1920x1080p@90Hz
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700HQ
RAM: 8GB DDR4
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 4GB GDDR5
SSD: 250GB Samsung Evo 850
HDD: 1TB

Gaming Gear: :Dosh:
Main Display: Samsung 49" CHG90 32:9 Super Ultrawide 3840x1080@144Hz
Additional Display: Samsung 24" CF390 1080p@72hz
Additional Displays pt. 2: 43" HDTV | 19" Monitor
Headsets: Corsair HS70 Pro Wireless | Kingston HyperX Cloud II 7.1 | Corsair Gaming H1500 7.1 | ROCCAT Kave 5.1
Speakers: Logitech Z333 | Edifier M3200
KB: Corsair Vengeance K70 Cherry MX Red | Tecware Phantom TKL Red Switch
Portable KB: Ajazz i610T Blue Switch
Mouse: Logitech G603 Wireless | Logitech G403 | Razer Deathadder Chroma | Logitech G302 | Mad Catz Cyborg R.A.T. 5
Pad: HyperX Fury S XL | Razer Goliathus Speed Small and Extended
Gamepad: Dualshock 4 | Xbox 360 Wireless Controllers
Joystick: Thrustmaster T-Flight Hotas X | Logitech Attack™ 3

CSGO Configs backup :csgoct:
Mouse DPI: 800
Sensitivity: 1.19
Zoom Sensitivity: 1.2
Mouse Acceleration: Off
Raw Input: On
Aspect Ratio: 32:9 | 16:9
Resolution: 3840x1080 | 1920x1080 | 1360x768
Color Mode: Television

Binds :csgoa:
bind Q invnextnongrenade;
alias +jumpthrow "+jump;-attack";
alias -jumpthrow "-jump";
bind mouse3 +jumpthrow;
bind mwheelup +jump;
bind mwheeldown +jump;
bind capslock slot8;
bind f slot7;
bind alt slot10;

Crosshair Settings :csgocross:
cl_crosshair_drawoutline 1;
cl_crosshair_dynamic_maxdist_splitratio .35;
cl_crosshair_dynamic_splitalpha_innermod 1;
cl_crosshair_dynamic_splitalpha_outermod .5;
cl_crosshair_dynamic_splitdist 7;
cl_crosshair_outlinethickness 0.1;
cl_crosshairalpha 200;
cl_crosshaircolor 1;
cl_crosshaircolor_b 250;
cl_crosshaircolor_g 250;
cl_crosshaircolor_r 50;
cl_crosshairdot 0;
cl_crosshairgap -2;
cl_crosshairgap_us`eweaponvalue 0;
cl_crosshairscale 0;
cl_crosshairsize 2;
cl_crosshairstyle 5;
cl_crosshairthickness 0.6;
cl_crosshairusealpha 1;
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14.8 Hours played
🟩Pros
+Polished VR Experience
+Proper Half-Life game
+Comfortable to play
+Insane level of detail
+Excellent Storytelling
+Immersive Gameplay

🟥Cons
-Lack of melee combat

🎮Half-Life: Alyx
An immersive single-player narrative experience that looks, feels, and plays exactly like what you would expect from a Half-Life game. From the gunfights, interactable objects, physics engine, brilliant storytelling, memorable characters, to the immersive environments/levels. This game has got it.

📜Level of detail
We’re back to City 17. A very familiar place for Half-Life fans, seeing it in VR with Valve’s modern engine and masterful graphics is jaw-dropping. The city is more detailed than ever; more stuff to pick up, and more objects to interact around. Despite that, it still feels a lot like the city we’ve played in more than a decade ago.

Unlike most VR games, Half-Life: Alyx does not try hard to make itself too realistic when it comes to VR interactions with the environment, especially with the inventory system. Having said that, there is no HUD. Everything is displayed on Alyx’s gloves and weapons instead.

You don’t have to get every weapon/item from all around your body, instead they’ll mostly come from a few conveniently well-made simple hand gestures and additional slots for each of your wrists. Ammunitions for reloading that you get from over your shoulder are automatically selected based on the weapon you’re holding. Valve really found the right balance of realism and mechanics here and I love their take on it. Everything feels natural.

As with your interactions with the environment, it is insanely detailed. It’s like another level of detail comparable from the jump in detail from 3rd person to 1st person. Now this is 1st person going to VR. Everything seems kind of personal and big. NPC’s are big and detailed, just as big or bigger than me. Objects seem like real objects. Enemies feel really threatening.

Almost everything can be picked up. Jars, bottles, glasses, crates, boxes, can be broken. TVs thrown around. Cabinets, drawers, opened. You might even find yourself an ammo or two inside these containers. They also solve the VR item pickup conundrum by the use of Alyx’s gravity hands. It’s no gravity gun from HL2; Much, much weaker, only enough for you to fling almost any small object for you to catch it. No need to walk over an item and crouch down to pick it up.

⚔️Combat
Continuing the trend of balancing realism vs mechanics, the combat is very well done. You can really feel the weight of the guns as well as their power when shooting. Aiming is accurate and the rumble feedback to my controllers are just right. The reload system they’ve implemented is smooth and reliable. Consistent and repeatable. ♥♥♥♥ ups are more on you than on the game’s mechanic.

You can also upgrade your guns through the use of ‘resins’ which are scattered and collected throughout the game. Upgrades like reflex sight (which I hated), and extended magazines are available. I wished they included an option to remove the sights though once I upgraded it as personally I was more comfortable using the iron sight.

The enemies, ranging from the mindless zombies, headcrabs, to the combine forces are all back and have been improved upon. Zombies and headcrabs are more unpredictable this time, making them harder to hit. Combine forces can now survive more gunshots, some can deploy shields, and can even deploy Manhacks of their own.

With it’s reputable physics engine and VR implementation, Valve missed a huge opportunity with the non-existent melee combat. Nothing can be used for melee: Pipes, bars, concrete blocks, barrels, even guns cannot be used for melee. Melee combat is basically null in this game.

You cannot even take advantage of the physics engine to kill off people like throwing stuff at or dropping things on them. For a game that has the crowbar as a series staple, the gravity gun as another, this game has none of any of that.

📖Story
The story is well written and engaging. It fleshes out Eli and Alyx’s stories even more. It gives you an idea of what their order of business was like before Gordon Freeman came along. Playing Alyx is somewhat a nice change of pace from playing Gordon Freeman again, it retracts that subconscious idea that your character is a total badass and can single-handedly destroy the enemy. A feeling that we have when playing badass FPS characters like Gordon, Masterchief, Doom Guy, etc. It makes for a game that has a character that seem normal, average, “not the chosen one”, and haven’t proven herself yet. That Half-Life vibe is still there though, especially the humor, bleakness, and mysterious nature.

And it’s not just a side-story or a spin-off; other games are referenced in a much more direct and substantial way. To simply explain without spoilers, you definitely need to have played this or at least watched online before you play any future Half-Life games set after Episode 2.

🗺️Level Design/Pacing
Personally I used the full locomotion option as I am playing wirelessly. The FPS-like free movement is handled perfectly. I’ve encountered no dizziness whatsoever. As opposed to other VR games where I’m dizzy 15 minutes in, this one I can play for hours. I think it has something to do with the movement speed which is just perfect for me although some may say it’s a bit slow.

The level design is perfect for a VR game. Maps are big and spacious, there’s plenty of room to move around and explore while still preserving that linear map design. You will most certainly find yourself to the next area and you won’t get lost all the time trying to find the next corridor or door to open.

Unfortunately for a VR game, loading screens are still a thing, as the classic Half-Life in-between level loading screens are back. Although they are much more bearable now with a holographic city-map view of your progression ala-Metro 2033 instead of just dull frozen moments with a “Loading” text at the center.

There are different types of puzzles in the game. One example are the level puzzles where you need to use physics or interactables; maybe you need to stack some crates, activate some levers, press some buttons, or provide power to some contraption. The transition from pressing a button to VR made all the difference. There are also the various mini-game hacking puzzles that are pretty entertaining. Puzzles are not too hard but will still give you a challenge. Some are straightforward, some might require a bit of critical thinking to solve. They get harder and harder as you progress through.

And of course it isn’t Half-Life without a bit of horror and creepiness. Especially in one part, which is my favorite to say the least. I would say this is where I got the most immersion out of HL: Alyx and one of the strongest points. Truly one of the most horror experiences I had with a video game. This one part terrified me to the point that I was jumping around while playing! And they weren’t using jump scares or any cheap tactic. You’ll definitely know it when you see it.

🖥️Technical Performance
The game runs smoothly even with the resolution set to 120% on my rig: i7-8700k, 32GB RAM, and GTX 1080. No crashes, game-breaking bugs, or major glitches I've encountered. Using an Oculus Quest with ALVR, I was able to play wirelessly and experience free stick movement scheme to its fullest.

⚖️Conclusion
While Half-Life: Alyx does not directly continue the series (as obvious in the title), It signifies Valve’s return to form when it comes to making singleplayer games, and they certainly deliver. If this is just Valve’s toes in the water into the Half-Life making business again, then I’m excited for what’s to come.

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Thank you!
D Y L A N Apr 12, 2020 @ 11:01am 
Dope profile came from your walking dead review! :cupup:
Fround Mar 28, 2020 @ 2:33pm 
do you recommend the Oculus Quest?
garnetofeden Feb 29, 2020 @ 9:51pm 
Adding from OCG!
Deviation Feb 21, 2020 @ 5:53am 
Added from OCG!