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* At the end of the first trailer for ''Half-Life: Alyx'', there's several seconds of silence, and then you hear footsteps coming closer... two bright eyes emerge from the shadows, and for the first time in 12 years, the G-Man is staring holes into your soul once again. He smirks as the screen cuts to black with the release date; stealing the show all without saying a word. Admit it, you got goosebumps thinking about it again just now.

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* The game's existence. Compared to their other franchises, Valve has always thought of the ''Half-Life'' as a game series that would "set the bar" of what's possible in their game engines with every major release. ''Alyx'' does just that in not only the VR game space, but also with the Source 2 engine.
* At the end of the first reveal trailer for ''Half-Life: Alyx'', there's several seconds of silence, and then you hear footsteps coming closer... two bright eyes emerge from the shadows, and for the first time in 12 13 years, the G-Man is staring holes into your soul once again. He smirks [[PsychoticSmirk smirks]] as the screen cuts to black with the release date; stealing the show all without saying a word. Admit it, you got goosebumps thinking about it again just now.

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* Gabe Newell has arranged to pull the "Little Rocket Man" achievement off [[https://www.pcgamer.com/gabe-newell-is-launching-a-garden-gnome-into-space/ for reals]].


** Eli handes Gordon (You) his crowbar to grab, which itself feels like such a significant gesture and moment in VR. When you do so there is a deep echoing metal sound to signify this.

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** Eli handes hands Gordon (You) his crowbar to grab, grab ahold of, which itself feels like such a significant gesture and moment in VR. When you do so there is a deep echoing metal sound to signify this.

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** Eli handes Gordon (You) his crowbar to grab, which itself feels like such a significant gesture and moment in VR. When you do so there is a deep echoing metal sound to signify this.


** Perhaps the single most mind-blowing thing is that, after over a decade of the most extreme MemeticMutation, fans losing their minds to desperation just waiting for the day it would finally come, many losing hope in the series at large after so much time has passed...it has finally come true. Say it with us: ''Half-Life 3'' CONFIRMED!

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** Perhaps the single most mind-blowing thing is that, after over a decade of the most extreme MemeticMutation, fans losing their minds to desperation just waiting for the day it would finally come, many losing hope in the series at large after so much time has passed...it has finally come true. Say it with us: ''Half-Life 3'' CONFIRMED![[SavedFromDevelopmentHell CONFIRMED!]]


--->'''Eli:''' ''[[SuddenlyShouting Son of a bitch and his]] [[CallBack "unforeseen consequences"!!]]'' I knew it! When I get my hands on him, I'm gonna... ''[[TranquilFury I'm gonna kill him...!]]''

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--->'''Eli:''' ''[[SuddenlyShouting Son of a bitch and his]] [[CallBack "unforeseen consequences"!!]]'' consequences!"]]'' I knew it! When I get my hands on him, I'm gonna... ''[[TranquilFury I'm gonna kill him...!]]''


** Perhaps the single most mind-blowing thing is that, after over a decade of the most extreme MemeticMutation, fans losing their minds to desperation just waiting for the day it would finally come, many losing hope in the series at large after so much time has passed...it has finally come true. Say it with us: ''Half-Life 3'' CONFIRMED!]]

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** Perhaps the single most mind-blowing thing is that, after over a decade of the most extreme MemeticMutation, fans losing their minds to desperation just waiting for the day it would finally come, many losing hope in the series at large after so much time has passed...it has finally come true. Say it with us: ''Half-Life 3'' CONFIRMED!]]CONFIRMED!


** What makes [[TheStinger the post-credits stinger]] hit even harder is Eli's [[PapaWolf reaction]], '''''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu cussing out the G-Man in earshot of the latter]]'''''. Given his sentiments regarding the ''Borealis'' in ''Episode Two'', and his daughter's life suddenly hanging in the balance, one must wonder [[GodzillaThreshold how willing Eli is]] ''[[GodzillaThreshold now]]'' [[GodzillaThreshold to "start another Black Mesa incident"]] just to get her back.

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** What makes [[TheStinger the post-credits stinger]] hit even harder is Eli's [[PapaWolf reaction]], '''''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu '''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu cussing out the G-Man in earshot of the latter]]'''''.latter]]'''. Given his sentiments regarding the ''Borealis'' in ''Episode Two'', and his daughter's life suddenly hanging in the balance, one must wonder [[GodzillaThreshold how willing Eli is]] ''[[GodzillaThreshold now]]'' [[GodzillaThreshold to "start another Black Mesa incident"]] just to get her back.



** This is all capped off by the fact that -- in this final scene -- you play as ''[[TheHero Gordon Freeman]]'' again for the first time in more than a decade. As the credits end, [[FiveSecondForeshadowing you hear]] [[MostWonderfulSound/VideoGames the HEV suit's critical-status message]], then Eli urging Gordon to wake up... And the camera fades to you looking at Eli urging you to wake up and that Alyx is gone -- [[DoubleTake yes, Eli urging]] '''''Gordon Freeman''''', a.k.a. '''''you'''''. It may be only a few seconds, but it's [[HellYesMoment a moment of dawning realization]] that means '''everything''' to the fans. Bonus points for having [=D0G=] show up to hand Gordon [[WeaponOfChoice his iconic crowbar]].

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** This is all capped off by the fact that -- in this final scene -- you play as ''[[TheHero Gordon Freeman]]'' again for the first time in more than a decade. As the credits end, [[FiveSecondForeshadowing you hear]] [[MostWonderfulSound/VideoGames the HEV suit's critical-status message]], then Eli urging Gordon to wake up... And the camera fades to you looking at Eli urging you to wake up and that Alyx is gone -- [[DoubleTake yes, Eli urging]] '''''Gordon Freeman''''', ''Gordon Freeman'', a.k.a. '''''you'''''.'''you'''. It may be only a few seconds, but it's [[HellYesMoment a moment of dawning realization]] that means '''everything''' to the fans. Bonus points for having [=D0G=] show up to hand Gordon [[WeaponOfChoice his iconic crowbar]].



** Perhaps the single most mind-blowing thing is that, after over a decade of the most extreme MemeticMutation, fans losing their minds to desperation just waiting for the day it would finally come, many losing hope in the series at large after so much time has passed...it has finally come true. Say it with us: '''''[[SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced Half-Life 3 CONFIRMED!]]'''''

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** Perhaps the single most mind-blowing thing is that, after over a decade of the most extreme MemeticMutation, fans losing their minds to desperation just waiting for the day it would finally come, many losing hope in the series at large after so much time has passed...it has finally come true. Say it with us: '''''[[SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced Half-Life 3 CONFIRMED!]]'''''''Half-Life 3'' CONFIRMED!]]


** Perhaps the single most mind-blowing thing is that, after over a decade of the most extreme MemeticMutation, fans losing their minds to desperation just waiting for the day it would finally come, many losing hope in the series at large after so much time has passed...it has finally come true. Say it with us: '''''Half-Life 3 CONFIRMED!'''''

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** Perhaps the single most mind-blowing thing is that, after over a decade of the most extreme MemeticMutation, fans losing their minds to desperation just waiting for the day it would finally come, many losing hope in the series at large after so much time has passed...it has finally come true. Say it with us: '''''Half-Life '''''[[SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced Half-Life 3 CONFIRMED!'''''CONFIRMED!]]'''''


[[caption-width-right:300: Pictured: [[BadassNormal Gordon Freeman isn't a supersoldier]]. [[ActionSurvivor He's just an ordinary man]] who took on a giant tentacle monster... ''and won''.]]






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[[caption-width-right:300: Pictured: [[BadassNormal Gordon Freeman isn't a supersoldier]]. [[ActionSurvivor He's just an ordinary man]] who took on a giant tentacle monster... ''and won''.]]







[[caption-width-right:350: Pictured: [[BadassNormal Gordon Freeman isn't a supersoldier]]. [[ActionSurvivor He's just an ordinary man]] who took on a giant tentacle monster... ''and won''.]]






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[[caption-width-right:350: [[caption-width-right:300: Pictured: [[BadassNormal Gordon Freeman isn't a supersoldier]]. [[ActionSurvivor He's just an ordinary man]] who took on a giant tentacle monster... ''and won''.]]








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[[caption-width-right:350: Pictured: [[BadassNormal Gordon Freeman isn't a supersoldier]]. [[ActionSurvivor He's just an ordinary man]] who took on a giant tentacle monster... ''and won''.]]







* [[TheEndingChangesEverything And the ending]]. Jesus Christ. It completely upends the cliffhanger the fandom had been left on for more than a decade, with the G-Man undoing Eli's death at the end of ''Episode Two'' but taking Alyx along as a new "employee" of his to replace Gordon, leaving us with a confused messiah and a vengeful father. No one, not even the most die-hard of fans, could have seen this one coming, and it's a testament to how expectations can be exceeded and twisted.

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* [[TheEndingChangesEverything And the ending]]. Jesus Christ. It completely upends the cliffhanger the fandom had been left on for more than a decade, with the G-Man undoing Eli's death at the end of ''Episode Two'' but taking Alyx along as a new "employee" of his to replace Gordon, leaving us with a confused messiah and a vengeful father. No one, not even the most die-hard diehard of fans, could have seen this one coming, and it's a testament to how expectations can be exceeded and twisted.twisted at the same time.



** It may only be a shadowy glimpse of an illusion created by the G-Man, but players finally get to see a modelled Gordon Freeman with their own eyes.
** What makes [[TheStinger the post-credits stinger]] hit even harder is Eli's [[PapaWolf reaction]], '''''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu cussing out the G-Man in earshot of the latter]]'''''. Given his sentiments regarding the ''Borealis'' in ''Episode Two'', and his daughter's life suddenly hanging in the balance, one must wonder [[GodzillaThreshold how willing Eli is]] ''[[GodzillaThreshold now]]'' [[GodzillaThreshold to]] "start another Black Mesa incident" just to get her back.

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** It may only be a shadowy glimpse of an illusion created by the G-Man, but players finally get to see a modelled modeled Gordon Freeman with their own eyes.
** What makes [[TheStinger the post-credits stinger]] hit even harder is Eli's [[PapaWolf reaction]], '''''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu cussing out the G-Man in earshot of the latter]]'''''. Given his sentiments regarding the ''Borealis'' in ''Episode Two'', and his daughter's life suddenly hanging in the balance, one must wonder [[GodzillaThreshold how willing Eli is]] ''[[GodzillaThreshold now]]'' [[GodzillaThreshold to]] to "start another Black Mesa incident" incident"]] just to get her back.



** This is all capped off by the fact that--in this final scene--you play as ''[[TheHero Gordon Freeman]]'' again for the first time in more than a decade. As the credits end, [[FiveSecondForeshadowing you hear]] [[MostWonderfulSound/VideoGames the HEV suit's critical-status message]], then Eli urging Gordon to wake up... And the camera fades to you looking at Eli urging you to wake up and that Alyx is gone--[[DoubleTake yes, Eli urging]] '''''Gordon Freeman''''', a.k.a. '''''you'''''. It may be only a few seconds, but it's [[HellYesMoment a moment of dawning realization]] that means '''everything''' to the fans. Bonus points for having [=D0G=] show up to hand Gordon [[WeaponOfChoice his iconic crowbar]].

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** This is all capped off by the fact that--in that -- in this final scene--you scene -- you play as ''[[TheHero Gordon Freeman]]'' again for the first time in more than a decade. As the credits end, [[FiveSecondForeshadowing you hear]] [[MostWonderfulSound/VideoGames the HEV suit's critical-status message]], then Eli urging Gordon to wake up... And the camera fades to you looking at Eli urging you to wake up and that Alyx is gone--[[DoubleTake gone -- [[DoubleTake yes, Eli urging]] '''''Gordon Freeman''''', a.k.a. '''''you'''''. It may be only a few seconds, but it's [[HellYesMoment a moment of dawning realization]] that means '''everything''' to the fans. Bonus points for having [=D0G=] show up to hand Gordon [[WeaponOfChoice his iconic crowbar]].



** Perhaps the single most mind-blowing thing is that, after over a decade of the most extreme MemeticMutation, fans losing their minds to desperation just waiting for the day it would finally come, many losing hope in the series at large after so much time has passed...it had finally become true. Say it with us: '''''Half-Life 3 CONFIRMED!'''''

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** Perhaps the single most mind-blowing thing is that, after over a decade of the most extreme MemeticMutation, fans losing their minds to desperation just waiting for the day it would finally come, many losing hope in the series at large after so much time has passed...it had has finally become come true. Say it with us: '''''Half-Life 3 CONFIRMED!'''''


[[folder:Half-Life: Alyx]]
* At the end of the first trailer for Half Life: Alyx, there's several seconds of silence, and then you hear footsteps coming closer... two bright eyes emerge from the shadows, and for the first time in 12 years, G-Man is staring holes into your soul once again. He smirks as the screen cuts to black with the release date; stealing the show all without saying a word. Admit it, you got goosebumps thinking about it again just now.
* The final chapter in the Vault includes a sequence echoing the supercharged Gravity Gun sequence from ''Half-Life 2'': Alyx uses her gravity gloves to grab and hurl bolts of green energy to ''[[OneHitKill mow down]]'' the Combine forces that stand between her and the cell. Even better, that energy was stolen and harnessed from captive Vortigaunts, and each release is like a lightning blast - you're literally channeling the power of the Vorts and ripping the Combine a new one!

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[[folder:Half-Life: Alyx]]
[[folder:''Half-Life: Alyx'']]
* At the end of the first trailer for Half Life: Alyx, ''Half-Life: Alyx'', there's several seconds of silence, and then you hear footsteps coming closer... two bright eyes emerge from the shadows, and for the first time in 12 years, the G-Man is staring holes into your soul once again. He smirks as the screen cuts to black with the release date; stealing the show all without saying a word. Admit it, you got goosebumps thinking about it again just now.
* The train-rerouting sequence, which sees Alyx diverting the Nova Prospekt-bound train into a dead end. SceneryGorn ensues as pieces of concrete and metal and clouds of dust fly about the player's head, as the train destroys an overpass and sends a [[MythologyGag tall smokestack]] careening into the ground.
* The final chapter in the Vault includes a sequence echoing the supercharged Gravity Gun sequence from ''Half-Life 2'': Alyx uses her gravity gloves to grab and hurl bolts of green energy to ''[[OneHitKill mow down]]'' the Combine forces that stand between her and the cell. Even better, that energy was stolen and harnessed from captive Vortigaunts, and each release is like a lightning blast - you're blast--you're literally channeling the power of the Vorts and ripping the Combine a new one!


** What makes [[TheStinger the post-credits stinger]] hit even harder is Eli's [[PapaWolf reaction]], '''''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu cussing out the G-Man in earshot of the latter]]'''''.

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** What makes [[TheStinger the post-credits stinger]] hit even harder is Eli's [[PapaWolf reaction]], '''''[[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu cussing out the G-Man in earshot of the latter]]'''''. Given his sentiments regarding the ''Borealis'' in ''Episode Two'', and his daughter's life suddenly hanging in the balance, one must wonder [[GodzillaThreshold how willing Eli is]] ''[[GodzillaThreshold now]]'' [[GodzillaThreshold to]] "start another Black Mesa incident" just to get her back.

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