Monday, March 23, 2020 March 23, 2020 at 11:01AM - Where does Half-Life: Alyx's ending leave the series?

This piece contains massive SPOILERS for the end of Half-Life: Alyx.

Set five years before the events of Half-Life 2, Half-Life: Alyx's story is simple but consequential. I thought it was worth taking an extremely spoilery look at it in order to see where it leaves the series. Please, please, please do not read on if you haven't played the game and want to experience all this for yourself! Also: I'll be talking about the main beats of the story, but I won't be talking about any of the set-pieces, which tend to occur as complications on the way to a narrative objective. The set-pieces in this game should not be spoiled at any cost!

Right. So in a lot of ways, Alyx stays pretty close to the narrative template laid down by Half-Life 2. Valve likes to keep things straightforward, so once again there's a big object on the horizon and you're headed towards it for most of the game. (The game also uses the Half-Life 2 trick of giving you a massive OP damage boost in the final sequences - pay-off for all that trouble it's put you through up until then.)

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