Half-Life:Alyx Page 16

  • Zyrr 24 Mar 2020 11:22:48 424 posts
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    My home office is in a bit of a mess at the minute with boxes all over the floor, but my resolve has broken and I'm going to have to commit to some emergency tidying today, put my lighthouses back up and get this installed ASAP. I don't often play games at launch because I have a massive backlog, but I really NEED to play this.
  • neems 24 Mar 2020 12:01:13 4,810 posts
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    Watching Ian playing this, when he got the gun he wasted all the ammo and I was thinking 'you donkey, what are you gonna do now?'

    Then Alyx says "Russell, I'm out!" He leans out the window and chucks another mag. I shouldn't have doubted Valve.
  • neems 24 Mar 2020 12:13:17 4,810 posts
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    AaronTurner wrote:
    It's a very cool experience so far, but far darker than I thought it would be. Extremely beautiful. Not sure how far you all are but there is a very inappropriate "joke" regarding Italians, the plague and quarantine. Don't get me wrong, I realise it was written long before all this happened but I ended up turning off the game and heading to bed after that bit.

    Even so, it's clear that VR is an experimental medium still. Some of the controls and mechanics still feel unintuitive (jumps, ladders), I was a little surprised at how rough some of that stuff is.

    Are you talking about the 'quarantina giorni'? It's not a joke, it is literally the derivation of the word quarantine.
  • quadfather 24 Mar 2020 12:45:43 35,981 posts
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    @Zyrr

    Yes you need to play it. Definitely best vr experience I've had so far
  • its-H1ggyLTD 24 Mar 2020 13:30:40 1,354 posts
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    I like that it's not holding your hand too much.
  • CrispyXUKTurbo 24 Mar 2020 13:34:50 2,746 posts
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    More games need cardboard like this
  • quadfather 24 Mar 2020 14:00:35 35,981 posts
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    And ladders. I have never had my arms, eyes, and brain fooled by such realistic vr ladders before :)
  • AaronTurner 24 Mar 2020 14:08:48 11,798 posts
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    neems wrote:
    AaronTurner wrote:
    It's a very cool experience so far, but far darker than I thought it would be. Extremely beautiful. Not sure how far you all are but there is a very inappropriate "joke" regarding Italians, the plague and quarantine. Don't get me wrong, I realise it was written long before all this happened but I ended up turning off the game and heading to bed after that bit.

    Even so, it's clear that VR is an experimental medium still. Some of the controls and mechanics still feel unintuitive (jumps, ladders), I was a little surprised at how rough some of that stuff is.

    Are you talking about the 'quarantina giorni'? It's not a joke, it is literally the derivation of the word quarantine.
    The joke part is the buffoony character talking about it in his insensitive way. Like I said, it's a coincidence that there are parallels to draw with current times that brought me out of the game and made me decide to turn it off for a while.
  • its-H1ggyLTD 24 Mar 2020 14:13:22 1,354 posts
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    I don't get the ladder talk - it's just pinging me to the top of them?
  • quadfather 24 Mar 2020 14:13:53 35,981 posts
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    I want to get back on it, but making the most of the sunshine. However, I'm still reading about it, and this bit from a review is spot on. Spoilered just in case -

    Reloading in the dark is another thing altogether, because it you're using the hand your flashlight is mounted on to reach over your shoulder into your backpack—which means you briefly can't see whatever monster is lurching toward you. Using two hands to move an obstruction or lift a heavy roll-up door requires putting your gun away, and sometimes there's something waiting on the other side of that door. The slow pace of Half-Life: Alyx allows you to build up a bit of muscle memory for performing all these actions, but it also delights in testing you. I failed that test plenty of times, including once where I accidentally switched from my gun to an empty hand and pointed at a zombie instead of shooting it, and the time I tried to load a sardine can into my pistol because I thought I'd gravity-grabbed a fresh mag off the floor.
  • quadfather 24 Mar 2020 14:14:57 35,981 posts
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    its-H1ggyLTD wrote:
    I don't get the ladder talk - it's just pinging me to the top of them?
    It's not for me - I have to approach the ladder, then look up and use one of my arms to reach a high rung, grab it, then pull my hand down and my vr body goes up a few rungs, then I have to use my left hand to reach a higher rung - I'm effectively pulling myself up a ladder using my hands.

    Edited by quadfather at 14:15:11 24-03-2020
  • its-H1ggyLTD 24 Mar 2020 14:16:07 1,354 posts
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    quadfather wrote:
    its-H1ggyLTD wrote:
    I don't get the ladder talk - it's just pinging me to the top of them?
    It's not for me - I have to approach the ladder, then look up and use one of my arms to reach a high rung, grab it, then pull my hand down and my vr body goes up a few rungs, then I have to use my left hand to reach a higher rung - I'm effectively pulling myself up a ladder using my hands.

    Hmmm...is it because I'm blinking?
  • cov 24 Mar 2020 14:24:46 2,168 posts
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    Yup
  • quadfather 24 Mar 2020 14:28:13 35,981 posts
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    Yeah, I guess it's because of your chosen movement method - can't think of anything else.
  • quadfather 24 Mar 2020 14:28:41 35,981 posts
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    Haha, just read in a review that you can give the finger to the combine with the index controllers - gotta try that later :)
  • MrWonderstuff 24 Mar 2020 15:53:16 3,176 posts
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    OK - with all this hype and enthusiasm I coughed up the £45 for this. Downloading now - lets see what all the fuss is about.
  • AaronTurner 24 Mar 2020 15:55:45 11,798 posts
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    its-H1ggyLTD wrote:
    quadfather wrote:
    its-H1ggyLTD wrote:
    I don't get the ladder talk - it's just pinging me to the top of them?
    It's not for me - I have to approach the ladder, then look up and use one of my arms to reach a high rung, grab it, then pull my hand down and my vr body goes up a few rungs, then I have to use my left hand to reach a higher rung - I'm effectively pulling myself up a ladder using my hands.

    Hmmm...is it because I'm blinking?
    I'm using continuous motion and I get pinged to the top quite often. They are inconsistent.
  • cov 24 Mar 2020 15:58:32 2,168 posts
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    I got that at the beginning because the right stick on quest is also for changing weps and i would inadvertently teleport heh
  • Your-Mother 24 Mar 2020 16:41:04 3,772 posts
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    You can turn on realistic ladder climbing in the options. But holding down move to ping to the top always works regardless.
  • Zeffi 24 Mar 2020 17:19:40 1,019 posts
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    What would I need to run this well?

    Have a Ryzan 7 1800X Eight Core/16gb mem/GTX 1050Ti
  • its-H1ggyLTD 24 Mar 2020 18:17:59 1,354 posts
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    https://twitter.com/ultrabrilliant/status/1242515434810871810
  • KD 24 Mar 2020 18:18:37 2,520 posts
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    Ryzen 1600x does a good job, mixed with 32gb ram and 2060 super, it recommended high on all settings and runs 90hz fine so far. Only about 1500x1500 per eye, not tried changing anything yet except controls.
  • cov 24 Mar 2020 18:19:28 2,168 posts
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    I was just doing that myself! Soending more ofnmy time picking up and fiddling with the environment... wonder if i can, oh yeah you can!
  • cov 24 Mar 2020 18:20:37 2,168 posts
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    I love how if you accidentally brush your gun against an object it actually hits it
  • neems 24 Mar 2020 18:33:20 4,810 posts
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    I like smashing windows with the pistol, so satisfying.

    Zeffi wrote:
    What would I need to run this well?

    Have a Ryzan 7 1800X Eight Core/16gb mem/GTX 1050Ti

    I think the official minimum gpu is a 1060, but you could always try it and refund if it doesn't work out.
  • KD 24 Mar 2020 18:48:25 2,520 posts
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    I wish I didnt try Boneworks before this, not a statement on which is better but I expect a few things that wont happen.
  • MrWonderstuff 24 Mar 2020 19:07:12 3,176 posts
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    Although it defaulted to High, I seem to be fine running on Ultra (3600+2070s). Sense of place is really impressive. Had a break and for one tiny second I almost tried to pull the cheese towards me in my kitchen when making a quick sarnie.

    Edited by MrWonderstuff at 19:07:25 24-03-2020
  • AaronTurner 24 Mar 2020 21:19:37 11,798 posts
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    Unfortunately I'm getting massive reprojection no matter what settings I choose. The first chapter and a half were buttery smooth and now everything is choppy. Damn shame.
  • cov 24 Mar 2020 21:31:17 2,168 posts
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    Make sure you turn your desktop resolution right down - soz if obvious - worked for me
  • Carlo 24 Mar 2020 21:40:10 21,013 posts
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    Quick question to all you guys who own and have played this.

    Can you play it siting down, at your desk or does it need to be in a large clear space?
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