Half-Life: Alyx has solely been out for per week now, however many who’ve completed the sport are already itching for extra. Whereas we don’t count on to see any main post-release modifications to the sport from Valve itself, the corporate has dedicated to releasing instruments in order that the neighborhood can tweak the sport with mods for Half-Life: Alyx. Although the modding instruments aren’t out there but, right here’s record of Alyx mods that we’d like to see.
Valve hasn’t made clear after they intend to launch Half-Life: Alyx mod instruments simply but, however contemplating the recognition of the sport we count on to see numerous motion when it does.
From my very own tackle the sport, and a few options from Twitter, under I’ve listed a handful of mods I’d like to see for Half-Life: Alyx. I’m splitting issues up into ‘Sensible’ and ‘Much less Sensible’ sections based mostly on how complicated they’d doubtless be to construct.
Sensible Mods for Half-Life Alyx
Indifferent Weapons and Holsters
This was one of many issues that struck me immediately in Half-Life: Alyx; as a substitute of performing like unbiased objects, weapons are caught to your chosen ‘Weapon Hand’. And relatively than grabbing your weapons from a holster and returning them when performed, you utilize a menu to equip and unequip your weapons into your hand. I discover this strategy wholly unimmersive in comparison with with the ability to seize my weapons with whichever hand I see match, and even set them down.
Although I’m fairly sure Valve did this to keep away from the clunk that may come from an iffy holster system, and to forestall customers from dropping their weapons, we’ve seen a number of video games that handle to do holsters and indifferent weapon interactions properly. Stormland (2019) confirmed a number of good options to those points (like floating weapons in entrance of the participant for a couple of seconds in the event that they drop them) which modders may use as a foundation for a holster mod in Half-Life: Alyx.
This one might sound foolish but it surely might be a serious immersion booster. I’m not the one one who grew to become so immersed in Alyx that at one level I attempted to kick one thing with my foot, solely to do not forget that the sport doesn’t know the place my ft are!
Some video games already assist the usage of Vive Trackers for monitoring extra elements of the participant’s physique, and a mod for Half-Life: Alyx which might enable for foot monitoring could be fairly compelling even when it meant I may kick objects on the planet for added embodiment. Bonus if I can Spartan-kick a Mix soldier out a window.
Iconic Half-Life Weapons
The Half-Life collection is residence to as many iconic weapons as it’s enemies to shoot them with. Sadly Half-Life: Alyx’s weapon roster left a lot to be desired each when it comes to quantity and variety of weapons.
A mod to deliver a few of Half-Life’s iconic weapons—just like the crossbow, revolver, RPG, and pulse rifle secondary hearth—to Half-Life: Alyx would boost the fight on your subsequent playthrough. It might even be good to wield the heavy weapons utilized by the big Mix troopers (which usually disappear after they die).
And naturally there’s the Gravity Gun itself, a weapon/device which was foundational to Half-Life 2. It might be particularly enjoyable to have the ability to use the gravity gun in Half-Life: Alyx as a result of in VR you’d get to wield it rather more immediately than its unique incarnation which relied on keyboard and mouse.
Gravity Glove Overdrive
Talking of the Gravity Gun, one of the crucial thrilling moments of Half-Life 2 was when the Gravity Gun turns into additional highly effective on the finish of the sport. Whereas Valve might have prevented doing the identical for Alyx to keep away from turning the mechanic right into a trope, I’ve to say that I might love a powered-up model of the Gravity Gloves which might be used to drag and (and possibly even crush) Mix troopers and different enemies. It might be particularly enjoyable to have the ability to choose up the sport’s bigger bodily gadgets and use them as devastating projectiles.
In-game DSLR for Screenshots
Half-Life: Alyx is without doubt one of the most detailed VR video games ever made; with on a regular basis Valve spent making the sport look so good, it might be superior to have an in-game DSLR digicam that the participant may use to take screenshots like an actual photographer with zoom, focus, aperture, and publicity settings.
As instructed by Andreas “Boll” Aronsson, this might pair properly with a ‘cease time’ mode which might freeze every little thing else within the sport in order that the participant may scout the proper angle for his or her shot.
Some additional gameplay choices in Half-Life: Alyx would let gamers may tweak issues to style. Right here’s a handful of options from different gamers:
Much less Sensible Mods for Half-Life: Alyx
You could be questioning why I put melee within the ‘much less sensible’ part… in spite of everything loads of VR video games use melee. Certainly, although as a way to get melee to work how most VR gamers would hope, I feel it might take fairly a little bit of modding work. That’s largely as a result of enemy AI within the sport isn’t actually designed to deal with physics-based melee, which implies a modder trying so as to add satisfying melee to the sport would want to do a bunch of labor to determine how the physics system would work together with the animation and harm techniques within the sport to create convincing collisions and
I count on we’ll see some coarse melee mods early on that simply do some harm and set off a generic bullet-hit animation in enemies, however that doubtless gained’t have the visceral really feel of melee in VR video games like Blade & Sorcery and Strolling Useless: Saints & Sinners. However hey, if somebody may give us that valuable crowbar, I’m all for it.
That is, sadly, maybe the least sensible mod on this record, regardless of being one of the crucial requested and most clearly fascinating. Sure, it might be superior to have co-op in Half-Life: Alyx, however sadly including such a characteristic is rather more complicated than most individuals understand.
Choices made throughout a sport’s improvement (particularly the way in which wherein the physics, AI, and useful resource administration techniques work) have main implications for the way simple or exhausting it might be so as to add co-op to the sport. Since Half-Life: Alyx was conceived as a single participant sport, Valve wouldn’t have architected any of its techniques to be simply synchronized between gamers over the web.
It doubtless isn’t unimaginable to deliver co-op to Half-Life: Alyx (in spite of everything, there’s been a co-op mod for Half-Life 2 for a very long time), however it might take substantial work to create such a mod that provides a superb expertise for each gamers.
Half-Life and Half-Life 2 Remade for VR
It’s truly already doable to play the unique Half-Life video games in VR, however such mods are after all lacking a number of VR-specific interactions that will be anticipated from a local VR sport. Rebuilding any of the Half-Life video games to actually work properly in VR would take almost as a lot time as rebuilding Alyx to work properly in non-VR.
In truth, there’s been a long-running neighborhood venture known as HLVR which has proven some very spectacular work on that entrance over time however hasn’t reached a full launch of the mod for the most recent headsets.
What mods would you prefer to see for Half-Life: Alyx?