Since the second Half-Life: Alyx launched in VR, of us have been making an attempt to detach it from its headset necessities. To be truthful, I get it – that the primary Half-Life game in a decade can be restricted to costly tech felt just a little demoralising. But this weekend, one modder introduced that dream nearer to actuality by quietly releasing Pancake Base, a mod that goals to make Alyx play identical to its older siblings by giving our main woman the sturdy, first-person arms of Half-Life 2‘s Gordon Freeman.
Goutrial (the indie developer and YouTuber who purportedly put the entire thing collectively) posted a quick clip of Half-Life: Alyx that regarded just a little nearer to its older predecessors – an alternate world the place Half-Life’s long-awaited return didn’t require shelling out for costly plastic headsets.
Unlike an earlier attempt at VR-free Alyx, this mod doesn’t attempt to simulate floating digital arms on a keyboard and mouse. Instead, the developer has traded them out for Gordon Freeman’s sturdier, time-tested first-person arms. Using prettied-up viewmodels from artist Jun Choi and animations ported over from Half-Life 2’s MMod, Pancake Base enables you to play Alyx prefer it have been another Half-Life.
(Pancake, as I perceive, is a time period VR areas have give you to explain non-VR gaming. Sounds tasty.)
A couple of UI results are lacking, certain, and there are some unusual visible artefacts – however it works. That’s Half-Life: Alyx as an old style run n’ gun. Thing is, Alyx wasn’t constructed as a conventional shooter. Hallways and corridors are tighter, constructed for the slower, stumbling tempo of an actual human transferring their actual human physique via them. Tense firefights with a handful of Combine goons change into trivial when you possibly can simply level n’ click on your approach via like all previous Half-Life.
What’s actually thrilling is the momentum one thing like this might inject into the Half-Life modding scene. Released earlier this month, Half-Life: Alyx’s modding tools look correct spectacular, with this Twitter rundown from indie developer Joe Wintergreen displaying some shockingly considerate touches for oft-neglected stage designers. Opening that equipment as much as modders who can’t entry VR may result in some sensible, headset-free stuff.
The Half-Life 2 modding scene opened the floodgates to phenomenal singleplayer mods like Minerva: Metastasis, Research And Development and half of the then-emergent “Walking Simulator” style. Naturally, there’s already an try to bring the entirety of Half-Life 2 into the Half-Life: Alyx engine. Let’s hope it doesn’t take Black Mesa‘s 15 whole years to come back to completion, eh?
If you need to give the mod a shot your self, it may be downloaded from a Google Drive page here. Pop these folders into your Half-Life Alyx game listing, allow “-novr” within the console, and you have to be good to go.