12 Games Of Christmas 2020 - Half-Life: Alyx vs Microsoft Flight Simulator

Written by Chad Norton on Fri, Dec 18, 2020 5:00 PM
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It's the fifth day of the annual 12 Games of Christmas Tournament here at Game Debate. Yesterday saw two of the biggest action games of the year when DOOM Eternal and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War battled it out to see who would make it to the Semi-Final.

Ultimately though, a winner had to be chosen, and in the end that was DOOM Eternal bringing home 176 votes compared to COD Black Ops Cold War which only got 66 votes.

Today will see two new competitors fighting for their chance at a spot in the Semi-Finals. It's the battle of the peripherals as Half-Life: Alyx goes up against Microsoft Flight Simulator, two of the best games of the year that require some beefy PC peripherals in order to play.

How the community voting works

Each day at 17:00 GMT (09:00 PT, 12:00 ET) two titles will battle against each other. Whichever title receives the most votes in the poll wins, and will then go through to the next round. 12 games in total will be battling away, and the first six fights will take place from today and over the next five days - one battle per day. The six games that win will make it through to the semi-finals where three further 1v1 fights will take place. The winners of these three battles will then make it to the grand final to decide the ultimate game of Christmas 2020. 

Each bout will last 23 hours, and the winner is whichever game receives the most votes in the poll, which can be found towards the bottom of each article. All you have to do is click the name of the title you wish to vote for. You won't be able to see the results from other voters until polling closes at 16:00 GMT the following day.

Round 1: Fight 5 - Half-Life: Alyx vs Microsoft Flight Simulator

Okay, okay, maybe you don't need a peripheral to play MS Flight Sim, but it's certainly a lot more enjoyable with a flight stick and throttle on hand. Either way, we're going to do this specific battle a little differently...

Since Half-Life: Alyx absolutely requires a VR headset to play (and still not that many people actually own a VR setup), and MS Flight Sim certainly plays better with a full HOTAS setup, we're just going to pretend here that you own all the necessary equipment for the best experience possible.

So then, with everything that you need at your disposal (hypothetically) which game would you rather see under the tree on Christmas Day? Which one would get you more excited to hop into the virtual world and go exploring? MSFS gives you limitless potential for exploring, but HL Alyx provides a great, hand-crafted narrative that will surely please long-time fans of the series.

And remember: this is for which game you'd prefer to get for Christmas, regardless of whether you bought and played the games already. This is about which game would make you the most excited when waking up on Christmas Day and finding it under the tree. If you don't want either of the games listed here, then just vote for which one you'd prefer to see in the next round.

Get voting in the poll below for your favorite choice, and remember to check back again tomorrow for the results and Day Six of the 12 Games of Christmas 2020; where two more titles will battle it out to earn a place in the next round. The winner of today's competition will face the winner of tomorrow's competition in the third and last semi-final on 22nd December!

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08:32 Dec-19-2020

seeing i cant play HL Alyx and already tried MS FS i have to choose that one

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22:00 Dec-18-2020

Flight Simulator just cuz i don't have VR

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21:23 Dec-18-2020

Considering that VR headsets are still overpriced and they still feel like a public beta test, I'm gonna have to go with MS Flight Sim. Alyx is an amazing game, but most people are not willing to pay over 800€ for a decent VR kit.

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00:19 Dec-19-2020

I played half life alyx on my samsung odyssey plus wmr which I bought two years ago for $300.... oculus quest 2 now also sells for $300. They both are more than "decent" HMDs with controllers and inside out tracking. People need to stop with this misinformation about VR price of entry.

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09:25 Dec-19-2020

Maybe in US it is 300$, but in EU/Slovakia the VR’s are overpriced 450-500€ = 600$.

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21:05 Dec-18-2020

Battle of the niches, yay. :-D Jokes aside, since I really didn't like Valves move to VR, leaving vast majority of its fans behind with thanks for making us big, now we don't need you, so we do what we want. I will go with MS Flight Simulator.

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05:51 Dec-19-2020

Valve likes new tech. If the next Half Life is not interesting, what's the point?

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20:35 Dec-19-2020

For me, it's for them to complete the story because they left episode 2 on a cliffhanger.

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21:59 Dec-19-2020

We could start by finishing the story they stopped on big cliffhanger. Also did they really do everything interesting that technology everyone has can offer? There is a lot they could do to make it interesting. Not all innovation has to come from hardware and gaming history is full of stuff that prove this true. They could make it interesting if they really tried. They didn't.

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