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41 minutes ago, amc said:

I've had very little game time the last few days, played a few flat games and a bit of PSVR but my time with Alyx has been interrupted by real life and 

helping a few older family members out. Everyone is golden for the next seven days. 

 

I'm heading to the shops for personal stuff and I'm going to treat myself to some shit hot booze and grub. Then I'm home and playing Alyx for the rest of the day.

 

Thread has got me hyped.

 

Yeah I'm in the same boat as well, work is busier than ever and trying to get some space to actually play without my wife or my son under my feet is proving difficult! You'd think a lock in would be beneficial to completing a game but it's proving the opposite for me! 

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Watching that really brought home how long it’s been since I played Half-Life. There’s stuff I don’t remember at all but it’s all very familiar, though maybe not with the impact it could have if I’d replayed them recently. The ending was cool, but I have to ask:

 

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Did they just make people wait 16 years for a new half life game then ended it on the same cliffhanger as episode 2?! Seriously? I hope they get a sequel out some time in the next decade. 

 

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23 hours ago, Herbalizer said:

I had to turn of my DMZ and it worked fine.

Huge thanks... that seemed to work.. I think.

 

Bit laggy at the moment, but I am running both connections overs wifi - so will try and connect the router to my pc. Love the idea of this game untethered though!

 

It's fast becoming my favourite game of all time.

 

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5 minutes ago, sbrandon111 said:

Can this be played in a limited play space? Mostly seated but standing would be fine, I don't have much room to flail my arms around though :(

 

Yup I'm playing it seated on my sofa. There is a duck button too so you can grab thing on the floor easily.

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Just finished this minutes ago and wow just wow what and amazing experience that was also a perfect half life game to boot 

 

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Jeff oh dear Jeff first your learn to fear him then you learn to love him 

 

the whole last hour was up there with one of the best game endings from the strider attack to the vault  Raid and your new found god like powers :-) 

 

there has to be a half life 3 now after that ending - otherwise this has just been on big huge troll by vavle - surely they wouldn’t do that again???   B3lieve!! 

 

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Just realised I'm wrong about the game having nothing new in terms of game mechanics. 

 

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Covering your mouth to stop yourself from coughing, and needing to do that during the most terrifying encounter. Genius. 

 

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On 25/03/2020 at 20:37, Dirty Harry Potter said:

 

Followed the instructions to the letter, but once I got into virtual desktop via the quest - it cant see my headset so won't boot steam vr etc.. Just says steam Vr can't find headset and offers to reset it, same for the oculus software.. any ideas?

 

Yes, late reply but for anyone wondering, click the left oculus button and then launch your games from the virtual desktop "games" tab, or click "launch steamvr". If you run the game from the Oculus app on your PC desktop it'll say the headset isn't connected. 

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19 hours ago, sbrandon111 said:

Can this be played in a limited play space? Mostly seated but standing would be fine, I don't have much room to flail my arms around though :(

 

I think being able to spin around freely is actually much more important than being able to walk around a lot. I think I'd rather play it wirelessly on Quest than wired on Index (I've never used an index though, so...)

 

I haven't touched this for a couple of days, almost afraid to play it and burn through it too fast. But I'm hoping for a bit sesh later this afternoon.

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5 hours ago, Thor said:

Just realised I'm wrong about the game having nothing new in terms of game mechanics. 

 

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Covering your mouth to stop yourself from coughing, and needing to do that during the most terrifying encounter. Genius. 

 

Just on this, I trust everyone worked out that... 

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You can wear the gas masks that are dotted around so that you no longer have to worry about covering your mouth.

 

You can also wear the tiger mask. :D But be careful because it does replace the gas mask when you put it on, you'll find the gas mask had dropped to the floor. 

 

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Incredible!

 

When you are in there, that virtual world, it's easy to be totally immersed, even just now when I had the sound coming out of my tv( I normally wear ear buds). I haven't used my Vive in over a year, I think I got bored of the lack of real meaty games, this game is the first AAA game I have played in VR. I'm now using continous movement, it makes a big differance than purely teleporting, it allows dodging enemies, moving to cover and moving precisely much better.

 

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That bloody Northern star hotel, oh man, so tense. I just did the bit where the poisonous head crabs are everywhere.  At the end there I had my hand on the health regen machine whilst my attention was focused on keeping my smg aimed at the previous fucking nightmare section incase of more of those bastard headcrabs. Another part there is three zombies stuck behind a fenced off area, instead of gunning them down with the smg I plopped a grenade I had over the fence and watched those suckers die.  

 

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Thought I'd got some sort of glitch in the graphics. Some VR games struggle with my height so I either get head too high or can't crouch to pick up stuff. In this is get a weird yellow halo. Turns out I actually just spent the whole of chapter 3 with a construction hat on my head. 

 

I'm chapter 4 now and it has that same variety and shifting tone chapter by chapter that Half Life 2 did so brilliantly. Work of genius. 

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Also finished this today. It's so nicely done, plus it does a great job of rewarding players as you work through and finish sections, especially Jeff!

 

Sometimes I forgot I was in VR as you get so used to manhandling drawers and stuff. I was surprised when I went to kick a draw shut that it didn't work!

 

All worked lovely on Quest via Oculus Link. Surprised how it 'just worked', even the controls are well thought out.

 

Only problem now is I can't play it fresh ever again! 

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Just tried Virtual Desktop as suggested by Moz. Blimey, that's impressive. This was on a less than optimal setup, laptop connected to router via wifi and on whatever stock PlusNet router they give you, but it's almost as smooth as Oculus Link. 

 

Gave me a reason to replay the start again, it's a very different experience when you can wander around. Opening doors is much easier! If you've got a Quest I'd recommend trying this for sure.

 

Make sure you buy the Quest version of Virtual Desktop from your phone, not the PC version from the Oculus PC App. That's a refund request in progress!

 

Definitely worth installing the latest Beta client too on the Quest, so you'll need to install and setup Sidequest (then you download the APK and drag it on to the 'Tasks' window to sideload it, took me a while to figure that out) and from there it's click and play. You don't even need the Oculus app running on PC, so I suspect it's a more optimal way of running it. Just have Steam open first.

 

Stopped playing when I punched my kitchen light messing around with the Gravity Gloves... Got told off :P

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What upgrades are recommended? Best spoiler them. I was saving up for ages and finally saw upgrade station #3 at the end of chapter 3. 

 

So I spunked a load on:

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The pistol laser sight

 

Which I have not regretted one iota. Obvs I'd like the:

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Larger ammo clip

 

But should I save up for the:

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Grenade launcher on shotty

 

Or is there something for the

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assault rifle

coming up that's even more crucial? 

 

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I'm currently working my way through the hotel. The game keeps getting better and better. I've been playing for about an hour at a time and then taking a break between sections. Some really hairy moments fumbling with reloads :)

 

Biggest issue I have is dropping ammo over my shoulder seems a bit hit and miss. A lot of the time it just falls behind me.

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@Treble

 

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I found the shotgun was better for closer encounters, so upgrades weren't really necessary, though I suppose the grenade launcher (which I never tried) would prove handy against the really big Jesse Ventura motherfuckers.

 

You should save the upgrades for the assualt rifle. Extended mag and laser sight are a must. 

 

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The grenade launcher is fun, and gives an extra slot to carry 'nades.

Laser site for pistol and smg are good. The multi shot pistol I did not find that useful. Extra rounds for pistol and SMG are good.

The orange site (forget the name) is good for the pistol, but less for any other gun.

Laser for the shotty is a total waste.

 

They are stingy with the resin tho :(

 

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I find the grenade launcher addon for the shotgun invaluable, it clearly shows where your grenade will land.

 

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I'm now at the Jeff chapter, I've heard his name a lot on the interwebs, once I jump back in it will be time to see what all the fuss is about.

 

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2 hours ago, fragglerock said:

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The grenade launcher is fun, and gives an extra slot to carry 'nades.

Laser site for pistol and smg are good. The multi shot pistol I did not find that useful. Extra rounds for pistol and SMG are good.

The orange site (forget the name) is good for the pistol, but less for any other gun.

Laser for the shotty is a total waste.

 

They are stingy with the resin tho :(

 

 

They really are! I'd argue it should be rebalanced, based on what I've encountered so far. Only up to chapter 4 though, so early days. The upgrade I've bought is a godsend. 

 

1 hour ago, Thor said:

I found the the orange Reflex sight to be a travesty. :lol:

 

52 minutes ago, fragglerock said:

Orange sight

 

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I found the weak spot highlighting useful, also the dot that shows where the round will land was handy, tho the laser better.

 

 

To be fair, sounds like if you do laser sight then reflex sight in that order, it could well be worth it. 

 

28 minutes ago, Max Damage said:
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I find the grenade launcher addon for the shotgun invaluable, it clearly shows where your grenade will land.

 

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I'm now at the Jeff chapter, I've heard his name a lot on the interwebs, once I jump back in it will be time to see what all the fuss is about.

 

 

Sounds good, but based on earlier advice it'll have to get in the queue behind assault rifle upgrades. 

 

I'm not spoilering that, as its inclusion is spoilered in the latest patch notes [rolleyes.gif]

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On 29/03/2020 at 13:24, simms said:

I want to get a Quest now but god knows when they will be in stock again


keep on the stock checkers. Me and a mate both got ours this week from John Lewis but stock is only there for about an hour. 

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Fuck Jeff, this game is straight up horror most of the time, I love it. It doesn't scare me but I can see people nope'ing out quite easily especially with Jeff.

 

Playing using the Vive wands is a pain in the arse, so many times I have switched weapon when turning or crouched whilst trying to teleport. I've ordered the index controllers, this game has revived my interest in VR, feel kinda bad spending a lot of money during this pandemic though.

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