The Half-Life series is one of the most popular franchises, and while its releases are few and far between, players still adore it. Half-Life: Alyx is the latest game to release in the series and takes place after Half-Life 2. This may leave some players wondering exactly when the game takes place.
Half-Life: Alyx takes place five years before the events of Half-Life 2. Exactly when the original Half-Life and its sequel take place are often debated. The original game is said to happen in 2003, with the sequel happening almost 20 years later. This would place Half-Life: Alyx around the year 2018.
Video game timelines tend to get squirrely, especially when time travel or stasis is involved. The latter occurs in the Half-Life series, with Gordon coming out of stasis in the sequel. Half-Life: Alyx provides a nice insight into what happened before the events of Half-Life 2 and after the original game.
While the Half-Life games release sporadically, they are endearing to fans, and the story is a big part of that. The events of the game span several years, which gives Valve ample opportunity to create engaging story moments.
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