Valve Talks Half-Life: Alyx And Why Arms Don’t Work In VR

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Valve Talks Half-Life: Alyx And Why Arms Don’t Work In VR

Fans have had a long wait between Half-Life projects, but Valve is finally set to release Half-Life: Alyx, a big-budget prequel to Half-Life 2 designed exclusively for virtual reality technology. Before the game’s release, we sat down to talk with Valve’s Robin Walker and Brad Kinley about the lack of triple-A VR projects, how the coronavirus almost impacted their game’s release, and why Alyx doesn’t have arms. 

Sounds like about four years ago you guys started to work on a big VR game. Did you know right away it was gonna be Half-Life or did you mess around with other ideas?

Valve Talks Half-Life: Alyx And Why Arms Don’t Work In VR

about X hours ago from
Valve Talks Half-Life: Alyx And Why Arms Don’t Work In VR

Fans have had a long wait between Half-Life projects, but Valve is finally set to release Half-Life: Alyx, a big-budget prequel to Half-Life 2 designed exclusively for virtual reality technology. Before the game’s release, we sat down to talk with Valve’s Robin Walker and Brad Kinley about the lack of triple-A VR projects, how the coronavirus almost impacted their game’s release, and why Alyx doesn’t have arms. 

Sounds like about four years ago you guys started to work on a big VR game. Did you know right away it was gonna be Half-Life or did you mess around with other ideas?

10 Spoiler-Free Tips For Starting Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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10 Spoiler-Free Tips For Starting Animal Crossing: New Horizons

With Nintendo’s latest laid-back life simulation finally available today, players all over the world will be picking up Animal Crossing: New Horizons and escaping to an idyllic island paradise. The game is excellent (read our review), but it is also a slow burn that takes a while to introduce all of its systems. If you want a little guidance to help point you in the right direction – especially if this is your first Animal Crossing – these spoiler-free tips will give you a nudge without ruining any of the wonder.

Rocks are ridiculously important If you haven’t played Animal Crossing before (which I hadn’t), you may not know that large rocks on the ground are far more than decorative scenery. They are part of your regular routine; every day, you can whack each rock several times with a shovel or axe to shake loose some goodies. This process is your major source of clay, stone, and iron (and occasionally gold), which are important ingredients in crafting. Plus, one rock per day is hiding a few thousand bells, so you should definitely prioritize this chore early on.

10 Spoiler-Free Tips For Starting Animal Crossing: New Horizons

about X hours ago from
10 Spoiler-Free Tips For Starting Animal Crossing: New Horizons

With Nintendo’s latest laid-back life simulation finally available today, players all over the world will be picking up Animal Crossing: New Horizons and escaping to an idyllic island paradise. The game is excellent (read our review), but it is also a slow burn that takes a while to introduce all of its systems. If you want a little guidance to help point you in the right direction – especially if this is your first Animal Crossing – these spoiler-free tips will give you a nudge without ruining any of the wonder.

Rocks are ridiculously important If you haven’t played Animal Crossing before (which I hadn’t), you may not know that large rocks on the ground are far more than decorative scenery. They are part of your regular routine; every day, you can whack each rock several times with a shovel or axe to shake loose some goodies. This process is your major source of clay, stone, and iron (and occasionally gold), which are important ingredients in crafting. Plus, one rock per day is hiding a few thousand bells, so you should definitely prioritize this chore early on.

How To Make Money In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

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How To Make Money In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There’s a bit of tension within the Animal Crossing games. On the one hand, you have relatively free rein to explore a town, make friends, and live life as you see fit. On the other hand, you start out with a fairly sizable debt to Tom Nook. You can choose to whittle that debt down little by little or ignore it altogether. Those are certainly options, but I prefer to focus on paying it off as quickly as I can. I don’t like having that number hanging over my head, and, more importantly, I like having all the housing upgrades that come with solvency – even if they mean more debt. Here’s how I’ve been paying off my expenses in New Horizons.

New Horizons starts out with a slightly different proposition: You don’t pay off your initial travel expenses with bells (Animal Crossing’s currency). Instead, you redeem Nook Miles at a kiosk in his tent. These miles can be earned by completing challenges, which are highlighted on your new phone. This portion of the game is quite self-explanatory. You’re essentially rewarded for nearly everything, and the miles will come pouring in. There are several simple ones that require virtually no effort, too. Do these if you’re looking for some easy ways to earn miles in the beginning that may not be quite so obvious.

How To Make Money In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

about X hours ago from
How To Make Money In Animal Crossing: New Horizons

There’s a bit of tension within the Animal Crossing games. On the one hand, you have relatively free rein to explore a town, make friends, and live life as you see fit. On the other hand, you start out with a fairly sizable debt to Tom Nook. You can choose to whittle that debt down little by little or ignore it altogether. Those are certainly options, but I prefer to focus on paying it off as quickly as I can. I don’t like having that number hanging over my head, and, more importantly, I like having all the housing upgrades that come with solvency – even if they mean more debt. Here’s how I’ve been paying off my expenses in New Horizons.

New Horizons starts out with a slightly different proposition: You don’t pay off your initial travel expenses with bells (Animal Crossing’s currency). Instead, you redeem Nook Miles at a kiosk in his tent. These miles can be earned by completing challenges, which are highlighted on your new phone. This portion of the game is quite self-explanatory. You’re essentially rewarded for nearly everything, and the miles will come pouring in. There are several simple ones that require virtually no effort, too. Do these if you’re looking for some easy ways to earn miles in the beginning that may not be quite so obvious.

How Resident Evil 3 Made Nemesis Scarier Than Mr. X 

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How Resident Evil 3 Made Nemesis Scarier Than Mr. X 

Mr. X was the breakout star of Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 remake. That trench coat-clad, paleface monster looked a bit absurd, but we stopped laughing as soon as he started chasing us through the halls of Raccoon City’s police station. The remake of Resident Evil 3 has an intimidating Tyrant of its own, but this creature will be an even bigger part of the experience. If Capcom has its way, Nemesis will put Mr. X shame. 

“The fact that he's this hulking mass constantly chasing after you make him pretty scary,” says producer Peter Fabiano. “The fact that he can use weapons, the fact that once he appears he's going to be constantly in your face trying to get at you, and the fact that he can use his tentacles to grab you all makes him incredibly formidable. We wanted to make him feel imposing and I think that comes through in his movements and his appearance. His appearance is something that we put a lot of time and effort into, trying to get just right.”

How Resident Evil 3 Made Nemesis Scarier Than Mr. X 

about X hours ago from
How Resident Evil 3 Made Nemesis Scarier Than Mr. X 

Mr. X was the breakout star of Capcom’s Resident Evil 2 remake. That trench coat-clad, paleface monster looked a bit absurd, but we stopped laughing as soon as he started chasing us through the halls of Raccoon City’s police station. The remake of Resident Evil 3 has an intimidating Tyrant of its own, but this creature will be an even bigger part of the experience. If Capcom has its way, Nemesis will put Mr. X shame. 

“The fact that he's this hulking mass constantly chasing after you make him pretty scary,” says producer Peter Fabiano. “The fact that he can use weapons, the fact that once he appears he's going to be constantly in your face trying to get at you, and the fact that he can use his tentacles to grab you all makes him incredibly formidable. We wanted to make him feel imposing and I think that comes through in his movements and his appearance. His appearance is something that we put a lot of time and effort into, trying to get just right.”

Cover Reveal – Resident Evil 3

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Cover Reveal – Resident Evil 3

Resident Evil is an industry staple, but the series’ earliest entries are hard to revisit, which is why Capcom has been diligently remaking these classic adventures for the modern era. Unlike most remakes, Capcom’s Resident Evil series gets more than a facelift. These new games have been reimagined from the ground up with new environments, gameplay mechanics, and puzzles. Capcom’s newest remake, Resident Evil 3, stars series vet Jill Valentine as she races through Raccoon City’s streets during the zombie outbreak. Unfortunately, a towering bioweapon called Nemesis is always just a few steps behind her and always ready to make her life difficult at every turn. 

For issue 324 of Game Informer Magazine, we went hands-on with Resident Evil 3 and played through an exclusive segment of the game starring Umbrella's mercenary Carlos Oliveira. We talked with Capcom’s producers and art team about how they reenvisioned Raccoon City and the monstrous Nemesis for this generation. Finally, we include our thoughts from our time with Resident Evil 3’s Resistance mode, a 4v1 asymmetrical multiplayer game that is more fun than we expected and worth revisiting when Resident Evil 3 releases in April. 

Cover Reveal – Resident Evil 3

about X hours ago from
Cover Reveal – Resident Evil 3

Resident Evil is an industry staple, but the series’ earliest entries are hard to revisit, which is why Capcom has been diligently remaking these classic adventures for the modern era. Unlike most remakes, Capcom’s Resident Evil series gets more than a facelift. These new games have been reimagined from the ground up with new environments, gameplay mechanics, and puzzles. Capcom’s newest remake, Resident Evil 3, stars series vet Jill Valentine as she races through Raccoon City’s streets during the zombie outbreak. Unfortunately, a towering bioweapon called Nemesis is always just a few steps behind her and always ready to make her life difficult at every turn. 

For issue 324 of Game Informer Magazine, we went hands-on with Resident Evil 3 and played through an exclusive segment of the game starring Umbrella's mercenary Carlos Oliveira. We talked with Capcom’s producers and art team about how they reenvisioned Raccoon City and the monstrous Nemesis for this generation. Finally, we include our thoughts from our time with Resident Evil 3’s Resistance mode, a 4v1 asymmetrical multiplayer game that is more fun than we expected and worth revisiting when Resident Evil 3 releases in April.