If you weren’t playing games when Half-Life came out, it’s hard to drive home just how shocking a departure it was from what had come before. Though some familiar mechanics served as a base to build off of, the injection of elaborately scripted sequences that put you into the action, mature humor and genuinely engaging set piece-driven plot put Half-Life into its own special section of the stratosphere.
It’s not often that you can say that a product changes everything in its category from that moment on. Half-Life did that.
And then when Half-Life 2 debuted, it did it again with its method of delivery, incredible building tools and yes, inventive-as-hell gameplay.
Half-Life: Alyx does that again for VR, making such a direct impact that this will be a demarcation line forever…