Half-Life: Alyx has been turned into a traditional first-person shooter with this non-VR mod

Written by Neil Soutter on Sat, Jun 6, 2020 3:00 PM
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Step by step we’re inching just a little bit closer to a version of Half-Life: Alyx that’s completely playable without a VR headset. Whether you think that’s a good or bad idea, it’s a pretty monumental feat to achieve, and after the recent release of the Source 2 modding tools, more and more opportunities are unfolding. Now, we have a new take on the non-VR version of HL: Alyx, taking more of a traditional first-person shooter approach to the problem.

When Half-Life Alyx was first announced, and eventually released, many fans have been disappointed that the first Half-Life game in over a decade was locked behind quite a substantial paywall, but still many consumers flocked to buy new headsets just for Alyx’s release. Ever since then though, modders and programmers have been tirelessly working away at non-VR versions, check out the latest attempt with the Pancake Base mod for Half-Life: Alyx…

It’s pretty impressive how seamless it looks, compiling several mods together to turn Alyx into a more traditional first-person shooter like the original Half-Life 2. These mods include new weapon scripts, HUD changes, improved weapon models, improved animations and more.

Someone recently recreated the entire opening are of Half-Life: Alyx in Far Cry 5's level editor. And another previous attempt at porting Alyx to a non-VR version saw players trying to control 3D independently floating hands using just the mouse and keyboard which, understandably, didn’t exactly translate very well.

This new version could be a step in the right direction, but the creator has conveniently hidden those moments of VR interactivity that would be almost impossible with this kind of style, so who knows what happens when you need to solve those 3D puzzles?

What do you guys think of this mod? Does it translate very well? Are you interested in playing it? And will we see a proper pancake version of HL Alyx soon? Let us know your thoughts!

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04:46 Jun-07-2020

This actually look like a way easier game

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01:02 Jun-07-2020

Doesn't look fun without VR.

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04:46 Jun-07-2020

yeah, exactly

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22:31 Jun-06-2020

Looks great, I just wonder how much does it change the game, since major part of it is interaction with environment and that is harder to reproduce outside VR. So I am not sure it will be worth buying game for, though maybe on deep sale for few bucks. Still what they show in the video does indeed look cool and something I wish Valve made.

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16:03 Jun-06-2020

Hey there
A technical question :


I couldn't actually see the player aiming or any aiming points in the middle of the screen.
Does anybody know how it works? Is it because of the mod? Or this particular Gameplay?

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17:05 Jun-06-2020

A crosshair? There is one, it's just really thin, so it's hard to spot on lower than 1080p YouTube settings.

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17:12 Jun-06-2020

Found it, thanks a lot man

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18:30 Jun-06-2020

No problem, it's the classic Half-Life crosshair, just a bit tinier than normal and was pretty hard to spot in certain scenes.

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15:07 Jun-06-2020

What will always bother me with VR games is the fact that its hard to know if a game is good because of the actual game or just the novelty of VR itself pushing the game to a higher score. Its also why many of the top selling VR games are mini games or just mediocre games that got turned into VR experiences.

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05:43 Jun-07-2020

If the people who played it liked it and highly rated it, then their experience should count. Games that step above other in the same genre or on the same platform are well-liked. Why criticize them for excelling where others haven't. They took a risk and did really well. They have elevated the VR experience and now the competition has a solid benchmark to take the other VR games to the next level

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