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Halflife on the HTC Vive VR Headset – That’s right, HALFLIFE!

When people think about Virtual Reality gaming, most will imagine room scale VR with games specifically tailored for the VR Headset experience. This however is only a small part of what VR has to offer, with hacking and some bespoke software people are finding ways to play old 3D Retro games using the latest tech.

 

Dolphin VR is one type of software that supports Nintendo games with some impressive results. ‘Metroid Prime’ was originally designed for the Wii with free flowing movement control mimiking 360 free style first person viewing. You can run this perfectly in VR with some tweaking. In fact it runs so good that it feels like it was designed from the ground up to be a VR game which was not the case at all.

 

Another big scene that is beginning to appear is the use of Theater mode in SteamVR.
Steam VR offers the ability to upscale non-vr games to a big screen, ‘Theatre’ mode and it is very impressive.
It is the equivalent of playing your favorite games on a giant cinema screen.

 

Recent experiments on the VGD Twitch channel have included Bioshock, which was nothing short of intense and also the original Halflife! Halflife runs surprisingly well and once you play it with the headset on you will not ever want to go back to playing it on a standard monitor.

 

We will continue to try out random games from our back catalog and will report on our favorites for you to try yourselves, Halflife live Stream snippet below.

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Half-Life 2 (DVD ROM): Limited Edition In Metal Tin With T-shirt, Guide, 2 Extra Games


Manufacturer: Sierra
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Platform: Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows XP
Genre: action-games

There can be few titles in gaming history that were more eagerly anticipated (and more consistently delayed) than Half-Life 2. The original Half-Life was one of the most influential first-person shoot-’em-ups ever made, with its amazing story-led gameplay and incredible artificial intelligence–this sequel follows in the same proud tradition. As with the first game you play resourceful scientist Gordon Freeman as he attempts to fight back against an alien invasion from another dimension. In the years that have passed since the first game the world governments have become ever more despotic in the face of the threat and Gordon once again finds himself fighting both human and alien foes.

Even more so than the original, what sets Half-Life 2 apart from the rest is its incredible technology–stunningly realistic graphics, amazing real world physics and highly adaptive AI. In combining all three elements, the game offers an almost infinite variety. One minute you find yourself being hunted down by Special Forces, using furniture to block doorways and throwing grenades to dislodge container crates and squish unsuspecting bad guys, the next you’ll be stalking zombies through an abandoned village or fighting giant War of the Worlds styled tripods with the resistance movement and using a tractor beam gun to capture chunks of masonry and fling it at your enemies.

Half-Life 2 allows all this and more and could very well be the first game to actually exceed its hype, never mind just live up to it.–David Jenkins

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