Extended gameplay of Half-Life Alyx: Levitation depicts an incredibly high-quality mod

Many have already commented on the sheer ambition on display with FMPONE and Corey Laddo’s Half-Life Alyx: Levitation mod. This impressive new project adds a four- to five-hour-long campaign to Half-Life: Alyx, and even though it comes with no cost to players who own the base game, it boasts a level of visual fidelity and production value that rivals Valve’s output. It appears that the organizers of yesterday’s PC Gaming Show felt especially impressed by Half-Life Alyx: Levitation, as they devoted nearly eight minutes to showing an extended gameplay demonstration of the upcoming mod.

The demonstration begins with the titular Alyx in a network of dark hallways filled with bloated alien sacs. She picks up a few supplies and walks slowly through the hallways, only to find a group of the iconic Headcrab creatures roaming about and taking control of nearby quarantine workers. After dispatching a few of these creatures, Alyx obtains a few more supplies and heads through a yellow tube that leads into an elevator. This immediately brings her into a tense outdoor firefight with drones and heavily-armored soldiers.

A stress-inducing battle

Afterward, Alyx finds herself in the crosshairs of an off-screen enemy who relentlessly tries to gun her down. Even as she fights against other drones and soldiers, she still has to avoid the bullets of this unknown assailant. Eventually, the action calms down, and she finds a collectible item in an outhouse toilet before solving a quick “thread the needle-esque” hologram puzzle. She soon climbs up a giant structure and heads inside it before encountering more enemies, at which point the screen fades to show the title.

All in all, the Half-Life Alyx: Levitation gameplay footage really does feel like that of a modern AAA release, which goes to show how much work went into the mod. The footage only said that the mod will arrive sometime this year, so we still have to wait before receiving a definitive release date.