Possible video of Half-Life 2 played with Natal

Gizmodo has posted a leaked video of someone playing Half-Life 2 using Microsoft's Project Natal.

It's not yet clear whether the video is authentic but seeing it in action, and actually working, is definitely a nice step forward if genuine, one can't help but notice the strange hand motions that are being made to make the game playable. The hand motions also don't seem to work too well in some instances. You'll see, a little over halfway through the video, the guy has issues interacting with an object.

Microsoft is, without a doubt, doing a lot of internal testing with different games like this, but at some point they are going to have to decide if Natal is practical enough for mainstream gaming. First Person Shooters require a precise level of control with minimal lag. Natal's potential for accuracy and ease of use is something to get excited about, but the lag factor and problems differentiating hand motions may pose an issue for hardcore gamers who can't afford mistakes.

You can see the video below. Gizmodo stresses that the video's source is unconfirmed and it should not be viewed as a final gameplay video. It's most likely an early beta or a proof of concept.

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I may be within the small minority here but personally I do not want something like that in a video game. With a game I would like to sit down and relax. That looks like a workout all on its own. Cool concept I guess, sure.
Shoot I won't even stand up when I Wii bowl - gota be sitting down

dave164 said,
Whilst i find this entertaining, get a girlfriend :P

Hahaha, got one There's a quote somewhere about how guys jerk off more when they're in a relationship...so this can come in "handy"

He doesn't look like he's doing that much movement. What I'm more concerned about is how hard he found it to turn on the teleporter.

You know something that everyone else doesn't? Anyway even if what you say is true, Xbox graphics would be like 1000000000000000000000x better

They wouldn't for any situation where u have to move and shoot quickly. So, good FPS gamers look elsewhere. The mouse and keyboard (or even controller) isn't getting replaced by this... I need instant response in my controls. I don't even like the lag that I get from VSync, let alone something that might not even read my movements correctly.

I'm sure this has some uses for other genres, but not a gun and gun FPS... which is the only real thing it would truly shine with I think. Maybe some party games or something I guess. As long as devs don't do what they did with the WiiMote and add a gimmicky feature with every new title. Everything does not need to use the Wiimote's shake feature... especially if only a handful of you can do it correctly.

Looks cool, but it feels like the camera is being held by a monkey on steroids. Not good if you're getting shot at or need to shoot... such as in an FPS.

It's a bit unfair to knock Natal when the game wasn't built specifically for it. Controllers don't work great without tweaking for HL2, doesn't mean they are bad.

^ Don't care about "fairness" to tell you the truth. If something looks bad, it looks bad. They're still in the development changes though so there's really no telling.

Honestly, I don't really buy that this video is real anyway so...

Yep...looks pretty average at best to me.

The movement and control is very awkward and not very accurate which is very important in gaming.

WooHoo!!! said,
It's a bit unfair to knock Natal when the game wasn't built specifically for it. Controllers don't work great without tweaking for HL2, doesn't mean they are bad.

Well HL2 uses the same control scheme as any other FPS out there. If this is what they have come up with in regards to getting a game to detect movements then perhaps there is extra work to be done.

It looks unnatural and not very fun to me, whether its accurate or not. That said, I don't think Natal will be big for the FPS genere...at least not to the extent that it will work for other games anyway.

It seems to me that most of the control is in the movement of the hands, so you could probably just do all of that but sitting down.

fr33z3 said,
It seems to me that most of the control is in the movement of the hands, so you could probably just do all of that but sitting down.

And we all know we have well-exercised hands.