Portal Stories: VR – The Brief

Now with a new way to travel

Portal was a classic. Portal 2 was also fantastic. The single player modes told a stunning stories with plenty of charm and wit.  The co-op more did much of the same, especially with the new robots. Portal Stories: VR is a mod built by fans to bring this classic game into VR. Can it match the style of the main titles?

Set in the same testing facilities of the earlier games, you find yourself yourself thrust into the lab doing standard Portal kind of stuff You get boxes and buttons. Sometimes you will stand on buttons, sometimes you will put boxes on buttons. You will even go so far as to redirect lasers with your boxes too.

There are also the barriers that get in the way.  Some will stop you moving through them (or at least teleporting through them) and others will stop blocks. There is one thing that is missing though, and that is the portals themselves. That said this game is quite small and it is free. There are only 10 levels so it will not keep you going for all that long. It took me about 30 minutes to complete.


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The controls of this game do work quite nicely. One of the hand controllers lets you hold and pull crates to you, and the other lets you teleport around the level. You push buttons by… pushing them.

Overall this is a simple game. I would not say that it adds much to the Portal universe, but it is a nice aside. It has a little humour and a little fun. It is a good exploration of where this kind of game could go. That said, I feel that there were a few technical issues that did stunt the experience. (Such as the way you hold crates and lack of physics)


 

Julian has been involved in the games industry for more than a couple of years now, from working in retail to developing board games to judging Magic: the Gathering tournaments Australia wide. Now as a writer for OK Games he likes to explore niche titles that try to approach gaming from a different perspective. Now all he needs to do is start finishing all those games in his Steam Library...