Half-Life: Alyx is 2020's highest rated PC game, and second-best Steam VR game of all tim

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Mar 27, 2020 4:00 PM
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It’s been almost a week now since Half-Life: Alyx released, for some of us the buzz still hasn’t worn off, and others are eagerly trying to make the game work without the need of VR peripherals. Whether you liked HL: Alyx or loathed it, it sure has become a major achievement in VR history, as it is currently the highest rated Steam VR game of all time and the highest rated PC game of 2020 so far.

According to the data on Metacritic, Half-Life: Alyx sits at a cool number 2 on the best games of the year (so far) list with a big ol’ 92 rating, coming just under the 95 rating of Persona 5 Royal (though the game isn’t even out yet and only available on PlayStation 4, so Alyx beats it out as the best PC-specific game of 2020). It comes just above Animal Crossing: New Horizons (91), Doom Eternal (90), and Ori and the Will of the Wisps (89).

Interestingly, the game comes just shy of Beat Saber with a 93 rating as the best VR game of all time on Metacritic. Though, according to Steam250, another review site, Half-Life: Alyx is rated as number 1 above Beat Saber. So it’s fair to say that both are neck-and-neck tied with each other as the best VR games of all time, and both are so wildly different from each other I think it’s tough to say which one is really actually better. But the statistics show that Virtual Reality is on the up-and-up, with Alyx no doubt driving VR headset sales more than any other VR-exclusive game out there.

DOOM Eternal also broke a record last week, after achieving more than double the amount of concurrent players on Steam on launch day than DOOM (2016) did, it was revealed that iD Software’s latest entry into the hellish DOOMscape also achieved double the revenue of its predecessor on launch week.

With all this news, and the fact that Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is out in 4 days and the Resident Evil 3 Remake is releasing next week, 2020 is shaping up to be a good year for gaming. After having quite the dry spell at the start of the year, at least we have some great games to keep us company during this self-isolation period.

What do you think of the news? Do you agree with the statistics? Will we see a surge in the VR market for games? What other games are you looking forward to that are coming out soon? Let us know!

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08:48 Mar-28-2020

Joke! VR gimmick proclaimed best game, eh...

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09:14 Mar-28-2020

I think this is a full fledged, proper length, well made game. Doesn't look like a gimmick to me.

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10:03 Mar-28-2020

VR style gameplay is piss poor, jittery crap... it has it's place and use but compared to "normal" games it's primitive. My opinion ofc.

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11:30 Mar-28-2020

I mean, fair, but I do completely disagree.

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12:37 Mar-28-2020

Bruh you can't even move in this game lol

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16:49 Mar-28-2020

You can move, stop spreading bull****.

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23:55 Mar-28-2020

Teleport*

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12:00 Mar-29-2020

Aside from VR requiring alot of power to run normally, physics and the two high resolution screens. It also has to run in high frames so the person playing feels the least amount disorientation that leads to nausea. So basically it's rather hard to have a good experience as it is, even if you pay alot of money. Also there are several options of movement and "teleport" is seen as the least nauseating.

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14:13 Mar-29-2020

How can an interaction system that's closest one to real life human interaction be primitive in any way? Input and interaction system VR gives makes every current input method archaic in comparison.

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14:16 Mar-29-2020

@The8man
There are 4 different movement methods, from teleportation to continuous movement based on preference. Your lack of knowing even this basic detail about the game makes your criticism of it a lot less significant or valuable.

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14:32 Mar-29-2020

Hmm, that's nice to know, thanks for pointing it out.

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07:16 Mar-28-2020

Who the hell is tim?

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17:20 Mar-27-2020

Tittle "of all tim" ;D

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18:38 Mar-27-2020

i cri evri tim

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17:16 Mar-27-2020

And now with mod support we may soon be able to play it without nauseating VR. Yay!

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16:17 Mar-27-2020

well so much of doom eternal being game of the year

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14:10 Mar-29-2020

Does it have to be? Does it change anything about the game and your enjoyment of it?
If not than it absolutely doesn't matter, and if yes, you should probably rethink why you even like it in the first place.

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14:52 Mar-29-2020

i didnt like much eternal nor does i care which game gets what reward i was just commenting about how much people are praising the eternal making it sound like its the something unaturally good

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