Remember the Portal, the first-person perspective action/adventure, Half-Life-inspired puzzle game? Perhaps you’re not too fond of it considering that most of its puzzle were mind-boggling, to say the least, but it remains one of greatest games of its genre. Recently, a Portal enthusiast has announced that he was successful in creating an AR version of the game which can be played using Microsoft’s HoloLens.
When it comes to games and gaming, we know there is one rule that cannot be violated – nothing sits still because sitting still is equal to dying. For the gaming industry to keep things fresh, the need to change is an intrinsic aspect.
Looking at today’s tendencies in gaming we discover, to our bewilderment, that virtual reality and augmented reality are the future of the industry. Naturally, who would want to switch back to an LCD when you can immerse yourself in your fantasy world of choice using an AR or VR headset?
The next in line to receive a VR version had to be Portal. Of course, the reasons behind this choice are obvious – using the environment to your advantage in order to solve some the cleverest puzzles ever to be conceived.
But this wasn’t enough for developer KennyW, who thought that Portal could do better than that. And so, with a little bit of tinkering, the US developer managed to port the game on Microsoft’s HoloLens. Basically, the man created an AR version of the game, one that adds new depths to the game.
Why would an AR version of the game be more preferable to a VR version? Well, let’s think about it for a bit. In Portal and its sequel, the player was forced to use stuff lying around the environment in order to solve puzzles and to progress through the story.
While the VR version of Portal would put you in the shoes of the mysterious character forced to escape Aperture’s compound, the AR version would definitely enhance your gaming experience, since it can totally change your perception of reality.
KennyW declared that there are still a couple of things to iron out in the AR version of the game, but the fact that he could port the VR version of the game proves that, with a little imagination, everything can be achieved. Right now, the player can only interact with the game’s iconic cubes and play with the portal gun.
You can’t yet solve puzzles, but it’s still cool to see how futuristic cubes ricochet from walls. KennyW said that a more inviting Portal game experience could be created if someone were to tie in the VR and the AR versions.
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