Half-Life: Alyx demonstrated that Valve’s first-person shooter sequence might work in digital actuality, however who is aware of when Valve will launch one other one. Fortunately some modders have stepped in to fill the void. There’s now a publicly playable beta of Half-Life 2: VR Mod obtainable on Steam that makes the almost 20-year-old shooter playable with a headset and movement controllers.
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The mod, which is free for anybody who owns Half-Life 2, makes the sport playable from starting to finish. You need to use your fingers to swing your crowbar, to climb ladders, and to play catch with Canine. While you bend over to choose up the can a Mix soldier knocked to the ground, you may see a 3D hand floating in entrance of you as seize it, and even with out Alyx’s gravity gloves there is a beneficiant ‘pickup’ distance for grabbing spilled weapons and ammo from the ground.
The mod makes different tweaks to assist digital actuality. Switching weapons can now be achieved through a floating radial menu, for instance. You can too reload weapons manually simply as you do in Half-Life: Alyx, in order that grabbing saved ammo from over your shoulder, inserting a brand new journal. and sliding again to chamber a bullet are all bodily actions (though this may be turned off).
Proper now the mod is designed to be performed as a room-scale expertise, during which you stroll round your actual house to navigate the sport world. Whereas there are consolation options for individuals who really feel movement illness in VR, together with “movement vignette”, there’s presently no teleport-to-walk choice so you may must depend on the analogue stick. There may be, fortunately, a third-person automobile digicam choice, which feels important given the lengthy hoverboat and automotive segments.
I have not had an opportunity to get my headset out and take a look at the mod but, nevertheless it seems like a extremely spectacular package deal. It is value noting that it’s in beta nevertheless, so you might encounter bugs.
If you wish to give it a attempt, you may obtain the mod from Steam now.