Valve’s The Lab, the ridiculously fun Portal-themed tech demo for HTC Vive, recently released a new update that will have you sharpening your skills against the best in the world.
Called the Appliance of Science Update, Valve is now including global leaderboards and infinite play for Longbow, Xortex, and Slingshot in The Lab, a free collection of mini-games which is apparently shaping up to be some of the best room-scale games out currently.
Longbow, the archery sim that has you shooting up Portal’s pocket universe minions, now has a scoring system that gives you extra points for things like head shots and popping balloons when in infinite mode.
Xortex’s infinite mode now offers a new bomb weapon, and new powerups, which increases your score multiplier when you gun down enemies. Using a bomb however resets your score multiplier, so use sparingly!
Valve has also upped the intensity of the explosive barrels in Slingshot along with scoring adjustments for receiving another core, making you reach 4 million points for the next core instead of the previous 1 million.
Optional voice subtitles and text translations for several languages within the Intro, the Hub, Slingshot, Robot Repair, and Secret Shop—determined by your current Steam language—come alongside the new game mechanics.
And the best part of the update? Now your robo-companion ‘Fetchbot’ elicits a haptic response to your controller when you give it a well deserved scratch on the belly.