A new Half-Life game released this week, which still feels weird to say. We quite liked Half-Life's VR spin-off—Chris gave Alyx a 92% in his review—and have been goofing around in it all week, because the high Goofing Around Potential (GAP) is still one of the best aspects of VR games. For instance, James played some headcrab sports, as you can see in the video above (also on YouTube).
If that doesn't sell you on VR, I guess nothing will. Now, onto the rest of the week's big PC gaming news:
Surprise: Epic is a game publisher now, too. For starters, it's publishing games from Remedy (Max Payne, Alan Wake, Control, Sam Lake's uncannily charming face), Playdead (Limbo, Inside), and genDESIGN (The Last Guardian). For more context, I broke down the deal Epic is offering the developers it partners with.
Gearbox announced the news of Montgomery's death on Wednesday. "Landon will live on in the memory of our earliest games from our work with Half-Life and Halo to the creation of our first, original game Brothers in Arms," wrote Gearbox President and CEO Randy Pitchford. "Aloha, Landon."
In short, it's because it just hasn't made anything it's happy with calling Half-Life 3. That's a bit anti-climactic, but at least we have this:
It makes sense why it didn't make the cut, but it is a pretty cool pistol, and you can try it out with the help of Cheat Engine.
A new Half-Life game one week, and then Mount & Blade 2 releases the next? We're living in unusual times. (Specifically for those reasons and no others.)
More things we wrote
- BioWare is developing a new game in one of its 'most prestigious franchises'
- Valve cut the crowbar from Half-Life: Alyx in part because players kept assuming they were Gordon Freeman
- Cities: Skylines is free-to-play on Steam for the weekend
- CD Projekt Red has donated almost $1 million to combat the coronavirus
- Intel to commit up to $6M for Covid-19 relief 'focused on helping local communities'
- Give your Animal Crossing home a PC gaming makeover with this handy design tool
- Ryan Reynolds in talks to star in a live-action Dragon's Lair movie on Netflix
- Elite Dangerous is finally getting fleet carriers in June, with beta tests next month
- Fallout 76 Wastelanders update is delayed
Around the office
Steven has been playing new Early Access survival-land-boat game Last Oasis, and while there are server issues, it's roped him back into the genre.
Meanwhile, Wes got to play a preview version of Gears Tactics, and it's also looking really good. I wasn't expecting a Gears of War spin-off tactics game to sound so appealing given I don't care much for the shooters, but I'm down.
We did a lot more this week, but mostly we did stupid things in Half-Life: Alyx, as I mentioned. Have a good weekend, and wash those hands—or, if possible, take a bath while you catch up with your friends via video conference:
Half-Life, full tub pic.twitter.com/wCv7XQNPhDMarch 26, 2020
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