Percentile Rank

Half-Life: Alyx is ranked in the 100th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 64 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

92

Top Critic Average

97%

Critics Recommend

Based on 64 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Mar 23, 2020
Half-Life Alyx Review "Buy, Wait for Sale, Rent, Never Touch?" - YouTube video thumbnail
Expansive
Masterpiece
Expansive
Jay Jones
Masterpiece
Mar 28, 2020

Put in plain terms, if Beat Saber put VR on the map, then Half Life Alyx is the reason you chart a course. It's everything VR has needed and the return to a classic franchise we've been waiting for.

Read full review

pressakey.com
Masterpiece
Masterpiece
Apr 14, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is not just a prequel. We are dealing with a tangible, independent entry into the franchise. It's a shame that not every fan can experience this story for themselves, because Valve did such an incredible job in the final that I couldn't stop being amazed. I don't want to give too much away either, because this, this is something big. End Episode Two big, to stay in the familiar terminology. However, the 15 hours before the credits are also fun and keep you in a good mood throughout. The reunion with old acquaintances, learning new skills in VR or a deeper immersion into the stories around the legendary "Gordon Freeman", whom the young Alyx only knows from stories and rumors: I approached the title with high expectations and Valve actually delivered.

Review in German | Read full review

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Mar 23, 2020

City 17 provides the setting for a VR adventure filled with brilliant detailing.

Read full review

Polygon
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 23, 2020

Valve has succeeded at just about every goal it must have had for this project. The only thing left is whether hardcore fans will be willing to buy, and use, a virtual reality headset in order to learn what happens next in the world of Half-Life. The good news is that those who do will experience what is likely the best VR game released to date.

Read full review

Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 23, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx reaches some astoundingly high heights while also managing to be both too ambitious and too conservative for its own good.

Read full review

Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 23, 2020

The masses may not rush out to buy a VR set to play Half-Life: Alyx. But anyone who loves video games should look at this game as a next logical step in the possibilities of dramatic, interactive storytelling. Bravo, Valve. Bravo.

Read full review

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 23, 2020

I hope I don’t have to wait for brain-computer interfaces to exist before the series returns again, because despite a handful of complaints, I still think Valve make the best first-person shooters around.

Read full review

Scored Reviews

INDIANTVCZ
10 / 10
10 / 10
Mar 30, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is one of the pinnacles of what VR has to offer right now. Every aspect of the game is carefully crafted to be comfortable and fun for both newcomers and VR elitists.

Review in Czech | Read full review

IGN
10 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

10 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx has set a new bar for VR in interactivity, detail, and level design, showing what can happen when a world-class developer goes all-in on the new frontier of technology.

Read full review

Attack of the Fanboy
Mar 25, 2020

All future VR games will look to Half Life: Alyx as the gold standard hereon, and thanks to its absolute excellence in design and presentation we are all the better for it. Virtual reality will never be the same, nor will Half Life after Alyx's jaw-dropping conclusion.

Read full review

Guardian
Mar 25, 2020

The classic shooter series gains a thrilling new perspective, thanks to VR tech that works symbiotically with the narrative

Read full review

Telegraph
Mar 27, 2020

The hysteria generated by last year's surprise announcement heralding the return of the genre-defining but long-presumed killed-in-action shooter series Half-Life was quickly tempered by news it would do so exclusively in virtual reality.

Read full review

Windows Central
Mar 31, 2020

A groundbreaking experience that makes the world of Half-Life more tangible than you could imagine.

Read full review

DualShockers
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2020

Through the lens of VR, Half-Life: Alyx is an amazing experience that blends action and storytelling with a profound level of immersion.

Read full review

Gameblog
10 / 10
Gameblog
VRSinge

Top Critic

10 / 10
Mar 28, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is truly the new standard bearer for virtual reality. This is a major, not to say revolutionary, title, as was Half-Life and Half-Life 2 in their time. For more than 10 hours of play, we live the horrifying, supernatural and science fiction adventures of Alyx, as if we were there. A Masterpiece !

Review in French | Read full review

CGMagazine
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2020

Genre-bending and hauntingly mesmerizing, Half-Life Alyx brings the series as it should have always been experienced while doing the impossible: surpassing Half Life 2.

Read full review

Gamefa
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2020

Before the release of Half-Life: Alyx, series’ fans were worried that it might not live up to the expectations. But now, we can say Half-Life: Alyx is a great Half-Life game and a perfect VR experience too. Level Design, VR interactions, story-telling, art design, and all other aspects of the game are at a very high-quality level. Every gamer that has access to VR headsets must play this masterpiece.

Review in Persian | Read full review

GameSkinny
Apr 2, 2020

While the "VR-only" part may alienate many current PC gamers, it's a triumph that a VR title as excellent as Alyx exists at all.

Read full review

Daily Star
Mar 29, 2020

It’s equal parts enchanting and terrifying, and it’s sure to be one of the turning points in VR for many of us.

Read full review

Spiel Times
10 / 10
10 / 10
Mar 30, 2020

In those halcyon days for Valve, there was no way of knowing that Half-Life fans would have to wait more than a decade for a new entry in the hallowed franchise. But twelve years, five months, and thirteen days later, a strange thing happened: a new Half-Life game released. It’s called Half-Life: Alyx, and it’s brilliant.

Read full review

Total Gaming Network
Apr 6, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx will go down as a watershed moment for VR gaming. Valve's years of work in VR are on full display here, featuring gameplay memories that will last a lifetime.

Read full review

VG247
Mar 23, 2020

It turns out Valve just needed new tech. It just needed VR. And it’s what I needed, too.

Read full review

Easy Allies
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Apr 8, 2020
YouTube video thumbnail
The Games Machine
9.8 / 10.0
9.8 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2020

Valve selects the best features of VR action games and takes them to another level. Half-Life: Alyx is not innovative in choosing what is needed for the perfect virtual reality experience – between interactivity of the environment, gestural use of firearms or environmental puzzles – but it is in putting together everything in the style of Half-Life. The kind of first person game that made the series famous, and forever changed the action adventure into a "before and after Gordon Freeman", returns to linear origins without genres contamination, becoming an immersive sim only for what falls within our view, or what we can physically accomplish in a crazy City 17. Masterful.

Review in Italian | Read full review

Worth Playing
9.8 / 10.0
9.8 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2020

This title couldn't have been done any other way; Alyx is a masterful addition to anyone's VR game library.

Read full review

COGconnected
97 / 100
97 / 100
Apr 7, 2020

It’s the best VR game yet, and maybe, just maybe, the best in the Half Life franchise.

Read full review

Hobby Consolas
95 / 100
95 / 100
Apr 15, 2020

Half Life Alyx is the game that VR needed. The story is good, technically it's delicious piece of cake and the gameplay is Half Life at its best. We need a powerful PC and the VR helmet, but it's worth it.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

IGN Spain
9.5 / 10.0
IGN Spain

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is the new bar for Virtual Reality. Valve has made a game so realistic, immersive and detailed that we can consider it a main iteration of Half-Life. Only its story, something fair in what it contributes to the saga make it not have a perfect score.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

God is a Geek
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2020

An incredible, best-in-class achievement that could only be done in VR, with excellent voice acting, sublime visuals and audio and, yes, a truly Half-Life story.

Read full review

Press Start
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2020

I'd declare Half-Life: Alyx the new age of the first-person shooter, if the uptake of virtual reality had been a little more promising so far. It is a cut above everything I've ever played within a headset and it's a brave, risky step for a long-dormant series to take. It takes a special team to withhold for thirteen years and deliver on an impossible hype and yet Half-Life: Alyx was worth every one of those 4,548 days.

Read full review

GRYOnline.pl
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2020

With Half-Life: Alyx, Valve has proved once again that they are the best. After a few underwhelming projects like Artifact or Dota Underlords, the developers went back to their roots and created a superb single-player game. Alyx has a great storyline with fun characters and offers unique gameplay utilizing a technology capable of delivering a new experience. This VR title is a true revelation.

Review in Polish | Read full review

Gamersky
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx has shown the great potential of VR and set a very high standard for the whole industry. It's definitely a must-buy game for VR gamers.

Review in Chinese | Read full review

SECTOR.sk
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2020

Return to City 17 in VR is grandiose. Half Life is still alive and now it looks even more like real.

Review in Slovak | Read full review

WayTooManyGames
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
May 27, 2020

It’s refreshing to have a game that focuses on telling a full fledged story experience on a platform that is mostly stretching its legs with gameplay tech demos. It just so happens that this full fledged story is also a Half-Life game that also lives up to its predecessors and ties in nicely with them.

Read full review

Gaming Nexus
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2020

I had such an incredible time going back into the Half-Life universe, and in VR. It's outstanding. The story is full of surprises as you can expect from a Half-Life game. A true AAA experience in VR, Half-Life: Alyx is a triumphant return for Valve—even if you aren't playing as Gordon Freeman.

Read full review

IGN Italy
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is an incredible demonstration of what can be done with virtual reality. Nobody, so far, has put the amount of resources and research that Valve did. This might not be the killer application VR needs, but it's an excellent game, worthy of the main series of Half-Life.

Review in Italian | Read full review

Everyeye.it
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Mar 25, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is the new benchmark for future VR products. More generally, it is a magnificent game, the worthy heir of an immortal saga: an adventure that has nothing to envy to those episodes that have contributed to mark the history of gaming.

Review in Italian | Read full review

PC Gamer
92 / 100
92 / 100
Mar 23, 2020

With old friends, new enemies, and an exciting story, revisiting City 17 in VR is a thrill in Half-Life: Alyx.

Read full review

GamingBolt
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 24, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is a triumph for VR games and sets the benchmark for other developers to follow suit.

Read full review

Game Informer
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2020

The dense campaign never lets up with surprising reveals, new enemies, and witty dialogue to carry you through the exciting journey

Read full review

GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 23, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is a tremendous VR experience that captures and elevates what makes the series special.

Read full review

USgamer
Mar 23, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is billed as a VR return to the series, and that's exactly what it delivers. It does what Half-Life has historically done well, and without the clouding of nostalgia or unhelpful notions of what constitutes "revolutionary" design, it ranks alongside Half-Life 2.

Read full review

Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 23, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is an accomplishment no matter which way you spin it.

Read full review

Shacknews
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 23, 2020

Valve has showcased a clear way for developers to create a high quality AAA experience built for VR that still hits all the marks of a traditional PC game.

Read full review

The Angry Joe Show
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 23, 2020
Half-Life: Alyx - Angry Review Discussion - YouTube video thumbnail
GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Mar 23, 2020

If you were worried about the quality, you can calmly exhale - Valve has not forgotten how to make great games. Half-Life: Alyx is not just the best and most beautiful project for virtual reality to date, but also an excellent and very worthy addition to the Half-Life series. It is simply a "must have" in the collection of a fan of the genre and franchise. If you were looking for a reason to buy an expensive VR helmet for PC, then you have finally found it. And everyone else should at least play it at a friend's house. And, Valve, you are now obligated to release Half-Life 3!

Review in Russian | Read full review

PC Invasion
9 / 10
PC Invasion

Top Critic

9 / 10
Mar 24, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx sets a new high standard for VR games, both in technical terms and gameplay itself. Visually impressive and customizable for accessibility, Alyx's 20-hour campaign strikes an enjoyable balance between action, horror, puzzle-solving, and humor. VR gamers shouldn't miss this one.

Read full review

PCGamesN
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 23, 2020

Confidently serves as both a vindication for the magic VR can bring to gaming, and a satisfying new entry in the beloved Half-Life series.Dustin Bailey

Read full review

TrustedReviews
Mar 23, 2020

Valve has surpassed impossible expectations with Half-Life: Alyx, bringing a series long thought buried back into the limelight with extraordinary impact. While some might find it unfortunate that such an experience is housed inside virtual reality, I feel it's an innovative step forward for the series. If you have the means to play it, Half-Life: Alyx is absolutely essential.

Read full review

The Outerhaven Productions
The Outerhaven Productions

Top Critic

Mar 26, 2020

Prepare for the experience of your life in the best VR game yet from legendary Developers Valve. Valve have taken all their innovative ideas that they've kept bottle up for years and finally unleashed them unto the world.

Read full review

GamesRadar+
Mar 23, 2020

Not just a Half-Life game, but an invitation to live in its world.

Read full review

Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is a true Half-Life, a real game that lives inside our VR system and expands the dimension made by a videogame.

Review in Italian | Read full review

Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Apr 15, 2020

Alyx is a trooper throughout the entire adventure, and while she can get freaked out by the places she needs to go, she never stops moving forward.

Read full review

GBAtemp
9 / 10.0
GBAtemp

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2020

If you were waiting for that one "killer game" before you wanted to dip into the VR scene, this is it. If you already have a PC VR headset, you absolutely must own this game. Half-Life: Alyx is easily one of the best VR games I've ever played, easily beating out my previous favorite Beat Saber, and every Half-Life fan should experience the game in one way or another.

Read full review

Checkpoint Gaming
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 26, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is the perfect example of the best Virtual Reality can be. After years of what felt like nothing more than tech demos or ports, this game has arrived to show everyone how it’s done.

Read full review

Black Red Gaming
Apr 11, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is a full VR experience the platform needed years ago. Its great story and interactive environment shows what you can do with virtual reality and a larger budget, and I hope this game blazes a path forward for more high quality VR experiences in the future.

Read full review

TechRaptor
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 28, 2020

Half-life: Alyx falls short on accounts of length and issues with the platform, but manages it strengths well enough to be a game that can push the platform further and set a new standard.

Read full review

Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
8 / 10
Mar 24, 2020

An incredible technical achievement but one that is surprisingly short of genuinely new ideas, and often struggles to get the balance right between VR showpiece and satisfying gameplay experience.

Read full review

GamesBeat
80 / 100
80 / 100
Mar 23, 2020

But judged on its merits as a VR game, it excels. If you're looking for something to wow you with what the technology can do, this will get that job done.

Read full review

Tech Advisor
Mar 27, 2020

Tight gunplay and a solid, ambitious crack at AAA VR mean that Half-Life: Alyx is one of the big hits of virtual reality. While the combat could be a little too mellow for some, the ambulatory opening is dripping with atmosphere and provides a nice way for players new to VR to get familiar.

Read full review

Game Debate
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2020

Half-Life: Alyx is a tremendous VR experience that should absolutely set the standard of quality for all VR games to come. But the lack of replayability value, and the scale factor of enjoyment dependent on your hardware and room size, holds Alyx back from being a truly astonishing game. Is it worth it alone to buy a headset for? I'm not sure, that depends on how big of a Half-Life fan you are. But I can say that there are tonnes of other VR games available that are worth buying a headset for already, and Half-Life Alyx will still be a significant entry in that list of games.

Read full review

3DNews
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2020

Simply the best VR-game for now. But nothing more than that.

Review in Russian | Read full review

AusGamers
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 1, 2020

The <b>Combine</b> structures contrast against the old-<b>Europe</b> buildings to showcase the alien occupation without ever needing to say it out loud.

Read full review