Showing posts with label Steam VR. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steam VR. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

No Man's Sky: Exo Mech Update Live Now

Hello Games adds massive mechs for No Man's Sky in latest Exo Mech free update to explore hostile planetary surfaces.

In latest series of free expansion updates, developer/publisher Hello Games have constantly been adding many features and improvement to make your interstellar journey interesting in multiplayer action-adventure survival game No Man's Sky.

Their most recent free content update titled "Exo Mech" is rolling out today on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, adding a brand-new Exocraft along with a couple of quality of life improvements for an ever-expansive galaxy of NMS.

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No Man's Sky: Exo Mech Update Live Now

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Hello Games showcases key-features of No Man's Sky: Exo Mech update in a newly released official trailer.




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After adding "living organic spaceship" and VR support lately, No Man's Sky has given players a means to stomping around alien world in giant mechs that are designed to protect them from extreme temperatures and toxic atmosphere.

Newest debutant Minotaur joins existing roster of Colossus Nomad, Pilgrim and Roamer Exocrafts. These suits have advanced movement capabilities and can also be pretty handy when it comes to gathering resources for research.

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Hybrid Exocraft Walkers

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PlayStation and Steam VR players are in for a satisfying experience jumping into cockpit of these mechanical walkers and stomping around. Minotaur has a powerful jetpack that allows it to fly across various terrains faster than on feet.

There are multiple display panels inside it with weapons for defense outside and you can call your mechs from orbiting freighter. These Exos come along with built-in solar panel technology that helps recharging engines and improved scanning.

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Detailed VR Cockpit

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Hello Games have tirelessly worked on improving NMS from its launch state in recent years and fans are really appreciating their hard work. Living up to their promises to players, dev team has no intention to stop anytime soon as well.

No Man's Sky started taking larger steps towards greater goals following release of Beyond update back in August 2019. Exo Mech update is just another stepping stone in an ongoing effort to deliver a better game to player community.

Monday, March 2, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx Gameplay Reveal

Valve releases new gameplay footage of upcoming VR game Half-Life: Alyx, showing off control and movements.

In less than a few weeks, developer/publisher Valve Corporation will be releasing their upcoming flagship VR game Half-Life: Alyx on March 23, 2020 to mark their return in game development after more than 12 years.

Most recently, Valve has released three videos featuring nearly 10 minutes of gameplay footage from HL: Alyx, each showcasing lead character Alyx Vance playing on different environments and implementing various in-game features.

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Half-Life: Alyx Gameplay Reveal

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Following gameplay videos from Half-Life: Alyx focuses on and demonstrates three unique locomotion styles.










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Three different movement styles are highlighted in these videos and one is teleport, which lets you move from one place to another. Continuous is traditional first-person style and shift locomotion style is zooming transition to locations.

Variation to player movements through a blend of shifting and regular maneuver is likely to minimize motion sickness while playing in VR. She even uses gravity gloves to catch grenades thrown at her to return them back to her attackers.

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Alyx Vance takes on some Headcrab zombies and took them down by either shooting or using other tools at her disposal. When she entered an occupied City 17, there is a heated firefight between her and a group of Combine soldiers.

In terms of gameplay, HL: A displays its VR interactivity by having Alyx perform set of tasks, work with objects, solving puzzles etc. She is seen removing planks from a doorway and grabbing a car door to use as shield during gunfight.

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It seems that fans are not getting their hands on Half-Life 3 anytime soon and have to be content with Half-Life 2 prequel game. Valve is probably using HL: Alyx to revive its iconic franchise to pave path for HL3 release in future.

Half-Life: Alyx will be out on Steam in weeks to play with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index. Players who own Index headsets will get free copies of the game with gun skins and themed content as bonus.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx Release Date

Valve has announced official release date of Half-Life: Alyx, currently set to arrive on March 23, 2020.

In anticipation of release for their upcoming flagship VR game Half-Life: Alyx and to celebrate 21st anniversary of the franchise, developer/publisher Valve Corporation has made Half-Life series of games free-to-play on Steam.

During its official reveal back in November 2019, HL: A only had a set release window of March 2020. Last month, Valve has confirmed finishing development on Reddit and today, a launch date of March 23, 2020 is finally announced.

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Half-Life: Alyx Release Date

RELATED: Half-Life: Alyx Finished Development

Although HL: A will not have to compete with a lot of major AAA-titles that has now been delayed from March 2020 launch period to later dates, it will arrive shortly after Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Doom Eternal.

HL: Alyx is spared from struggling against games like Cyberpunk 2077Final Fantasy VII Remake and Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2. Instead it will go up against a simulation game for Nintendo Switch and a first-person shooter.

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VR gaming is currently in dire need of a major success to get people interested and Valve is capable of doing that. Following return to game development after over a decade, Half-Life series creator is ready to reclaim their throne.

In past, industry experts have hyped that virtual reality will be future of gaming but it failed due to hardware cost and a slow start. Valve is promoting Half-Life: Alyx as a landmark VR experience, which is much needed for the platform.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx Finished Development

In a latest AMA session on Reddit, Half-Life: Alyx developers revealed the game is finished developing.

After a decade-long hiatus, Valve Corporation has returned to game developing but not essentially with Half-Life 3. Instead, they are offering players a brand-new VR experience though Half-Life 2 prequel game, Half-Life: Alyx.

During a recent AMA session on Reddit, dev team has revealed new information on HL: A, including the game is already pretty much complete and was worked on by largest development team in Valve history on board.

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Half-Life: Alyx Finished Development

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On previously set time, Alyx team joined fans for an AMA sharing many key-moments and promised that the game will absolutely not be delayed for launch in two months as they are done aside from some tweaking to its final scene.

Hearing that from developers themselves is a huge relief considering New Year of 2020 has seen a series of delay for many AAA-titles. Even Half-Life 2 was delayed for a year and players never saw release of Half-Life 2: Episode 3 till date.

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They also added working with a development team of 80 members, which has been the largest one in history of Valve. Many of them and play-testers within studio have run through entire HL: A for more than once by now.

As they are expected, dev team is currently busy fixing bugs and polishing at this stage they are in to reach their planned release window. Keeping VR features in mind, Valve worked around with accessibility and possible movements.

RELATED: Half-Life: Alyx Revealed

Gameplay is focused on two-handed play at once but weapons are generally for one-handed use but players can grab them by offhand for steady aim while your other hand will be occupied with flashlight, gravity gloves and interactions.

In terms of game length, Alyx will roughly take as long as it would require to playthrough HL2. Players can of course put a bucket over headcrabs but they will be able to move it as they keep crawling and play-testers reported it as a bug.

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Half-Life: Alyx Dev Team

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Half-Life: Alyx has also changed voice actress Merle Dandridge for its protagonist and replaced her with Ozioma Akagha. Initially, Valve started working with Merle but then decided to approach a different route by the end.

In terms of voicing for a younger Alyx, Akagha makes more sense according to a past statement from designer Greg Coomer. Though it didn't made fans happy, many games have successfully changed voice actors in past for various reasons.

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Mainline games of Half-Life series mostly had theoretical physicist Gordon Freeman in lead role, who is silent but deadly. However, upcoming VR-exclusive title will solely focus on his closest ally and recurring character Alyx Vance.

Fans were so excited following official announcement last year that there was a rise in selling of Valve Index VR headsets on a large number in Canada and North America, leading to stock shortages in many stores of those regions.

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Though people are not getting their hands on HL3 just yet, at least a return to Half-Life universe is not that bad. Who knows, maybe events of HL: A can eventually bring back Gordon Freeman and make a third installment happen in future.

Lately, Valve has made entire Half-Life series of games free-to-play on Steam until release of Half-Life: Alyx in March 2020. So, you can take this time to go back to catch up to past events before entering the world of Alyx in virtual reality.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

No Man's Sky: Synthesis Update Live Now

Hello Games drops eighth free update Synthesis for No Man's Sky, adding some most-requested features.

With constant release of content updates following a messy launch, multiplayer action-adventure survival game No Man's Sky is now in a state that developer/publisher Hello Games can really take some pride in for.

Keeping up that goodwill among players, NMS is getting its eighth major free update today after months of work for new and old players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as a follow-up to 2.0 update Beyond from back in August.

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No Man's Sky: Synthesis Update Live Now

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Synthesis is acting more like a spring cleaning update for No Man's Sky with everything it brings on the table. You can flatten or restore terrain using new enhancements of Terrain Editor and there is more than one Multi-Tool now.

Virtual Reality will let anyone ride up on their favorite creatures and first-person Exocraft is available for VR or non-VR players. While venturing out, you can capture all those amazing views of outer space in Photo Mode for VR.

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First-Person Exocraft

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Starships can be improved with unwanted parts or they can be used as scrap materials in salvage system. Tear apart ships that you don't want to use anymore and upgrade them at nearby outfitting station to S-Class.

Spending a hefty amount of units buy you extra inventory space for ships and allow updating its entire class. Thanks to newest technology, personal refiner is portable and let you refine elements and materials as you go on rounds.

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Long-Distance Inventory

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A considerable number of quality-of-life changes such as clarity of the visuals, emergency warping, mid-air jetpack recharging, multiple custom outfits and triangular base parts are introduced to make off-world trips more convenient.

Despite their best efforts, developers were forced to leave out a few good ideas on the table but still, a lot of good ones have made it. Some brand-new feature will truly improve overall gameplay experience for most players.

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Starship Space Map

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After VR was introduced, it added new direction in exploration and people started partying up for multiplayer missions more than before. Many were enthusiastic enough to invest more of their time into building detailed bases.

Hello Games has worked on some most-requested aspects from community to include in No Man's Sky: Synthesis. Giving people something to take on new and crazy adventures, they are likely to be on board with their next update already.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Half-Life: Alyx Revealed

Valve reveals first official trailer of Half-Life: Alyx, a flagship VR-exclusive title set to release on 2020.

Although players are not getting their hands on much-anticipated Half-Life 3 anytime soon, Valve Corporation has recently promised to come up with a title set within known universe, which is a prequel to Half-Life 2.

Earlier, Valve announced to reveal their upcoming flagship VR game titled Half-Life: Alyx on 21st anniversary of their beloved franchise, which takes place between two of its mainline releases and scheduled to come out in March 2020.

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Half-Life: Alyx Revealed

RELATED: Half-Life: Alyx for VR Announced

Today, a brand-new official trailer for Half-Life: Alyx is finally released that is sure to blow everyone away.




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A returning character and series favorite Alyx Vance will be starring in this VR-exclusive Half-Life prequel game in lead role. Alyx has debuted back in HL2 as a major NPC and came to be a close ally to series protagonist Dr. Gordon Freeman.

It has not been long since Seven-Hour War ended and people are living under their rule from a flying fortress known as Citadel. A revolution among neighborhood is sparked and they are trying to fend off invading force every day.

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Throughout entire trailer, Alyx Vance is seen fending herself off from hostile creatures or being hunted down by tactically equipped Overwatch Soldiers. Under their nose, she and her cohorts are trying to steal some sort of game-changing weapon.

Together with her father and scientist Dr. Eli Vance, she is fighting for human resistance against an alien race called the Combine. Moving to City 17 of occupied Earth, they are working on finding out weakness of the enemy.

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Gravity Gloves Interface

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She apparently has similar functionality of Gravity Gun in her gloves now, which she uses to interact with her surroundings and grab objects. Among many of returning enemies and extraterrestrials, Headcrabs are back again.

Nearing the end of trailer, mysterious G-Man makes his iconic return for a cameo and probably has an answer to where Gordon Freeman is kept. Or probably, he is here to act as an overseer and lead Alyx to save her captive father.

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On launch, Half-Life prequel will run compatibly with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Windows Mixed Reality and Valve Index headsets. Owners of latter virtual reality device will receive free copy of the game and extra content.

Any VR set hooked to a computer is good enough to work with Steam VR and player experience will vary because of them. A full-length game is built from ground up to let players enjoy full range of an interactive gameplay system.

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Valve Index Bonus Content

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Not only Valve is returning into game development, fans can now have hopes to get Half-Life 3 in near future as well. Maybe fans didn't exactly have what they wanted but this will at least help the series revive itself after long time.

What has shown so far in a brief trailer, Half-Life: Alyx looks unlike any title available in VR and boasts an absolutely amazing graphics. We can now hope more than ever for things to lead to an eventual return of Gordon Freeman.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Half-Life: Alyx for VR Announced

Valve officially announces upcoming Half-Life prequel VR title Half-Life: Alyx and will reveal more soon.

Nearing end of last year, there was a rumor for Valve Corporation to be working on a brand-new VR headset that will come out with a Half-Life prequel game, after a series images of that prototype device were leaked online.

In a latest announcement, Valve officially confirmed today of returning to acclaimed Half-Life series once again with a prequel episode titled Half-Life: Alyx, a flagship game for their yet to be revealed upcoming virtual reality device.

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Half-Life: Alyx for VR Announced

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This imminent VR-exclusive Half-Life prequel game will be focused on Alyx Vance, a renowned series NPC who made her debut in Half-Life 2 as a human resistance fighter and close ally to protagonist character Dr. Gordon Freeman.

Alyx also appeared in two add-on episodes; Half-Life 2: Episode One and Half-Life 2: Episode Two. She was last seen mourning for her father Dr. Eli Vance by the end of Episode Two and is likely to continue from there on in prequel.

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Valve has posted a teaser image for their next virtual reality project on Twitter, waiting to be revealed soon.


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Although there are no available details on any gameplay or a possible release date, it is speculated to come out in 2020 according to a recently leaked interview of Valve members by The Game Awards host Geoff Keighley.

Half-Life: Alyx will get a full reveal on Thursday, which marks 21st anniversary celebration of original Half-Life that saw launch on PC platform on November 19, 1998 and spawned a series of successful fan-favorite sequels.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

DiRT Rally Free on Steam Now

British video game studio Codemasters are offering PC version of their acclaimed racing game DiRT Rally for free on Steam.

By now, developer/publisher Codemasters has given away their 2015 authentic racing game DiRT Rally too many times for PC platform on different outlets and yet it is currently freebie title to claim on Steam once again.

Only two weeks ago, Humble Store was offering free copies of the game for 72 hours to celebrate their Summer Sale promotion. If you somehow missed that and didn't wish to sign up to their newsletter, here is another chance for you.

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DiRT Rally Free on Steam Now

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Although there is a problem that many faced trying to add it to their library and doesn't start downloading after it is added. This could probably because of some internal Steam issue but you need not to worry if you have already claimed it.

Regardless of you are being a casual or hardcore gamer, DiRT Rally gives you a realistic taste of rally racing than any other simulator. You can add this excellent game to your account anytime before September 16, 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM EDT.

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Now there is a common speculation going around among players that the game may get removed from Steam soon since that is what usually happens to a title when it is given away for free on Valve's digital outlet for multiple times.

Codemasters have offered DiRT Rally for free a couple of times by now but that simply doesn't mean it is leaving Steam for sure. Even if it gets delisted anyways, you can still download and play the game from your library anytime.