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SERIOUS SAM VR, THE LAST HOPE - HTC VIVE
There are a handful of games I've had my eye on recently. There aren't many great ones. Valve's own THE LAB set a standard of presentation that indie developers can't touch, so it's always good when the big boys roll one out. Enter SERIOUS SAM VR. I'd seen a few videos and I felt like this one would have a bit of something that's lacking in most VR games - a soul. So what is it? On paper it's not much different to the rest, lots of guns, scary enemies blah blah blah. My first attempt was weak! I got battered. Second go was better, three games in and I was starting to enjoy myself.
Kill everything that moves. Classic VR shoot em up.
Make no mistake, this game looks stunning. Some 3D worlds don't do it for me but this has depth and colour with brilliant arenas, all blessed with fantastic characters. Nice visuals.
The sounds in SSVR are quality. Just listen to the assault rifle in my video.. That sound rattling around the Egyptian Arena makes me go weak at the knees! It's a good job the original soundtrack has enough sparkle to keep me on my toes at all times. Joyous.
There's no denying the quality of SERIOUS SAM VR. My only gripe is that once you get into the mini-guns and rocket launchers, you're not playing a shooter any more. It really takes the fun out of it for me and I find myself sticking to the early levels so I can take my time and play the game just to experience it.
9/10 Still Early Access, so keep an eye on this one!
THE THRILL OF THE FIGHT - HTC VIVE
These days we are used to computer games being big business. Players wait for the big releases to come out with massive fanfares and wars raged on Youtube. The budgets have gone through the roof with pre-orders, downloadable content and patches becoming the norm. Sometimes the titles deliver, Battlefield One and Doom are good examples. However, more often than not I am left cold by games designed by committee. I miss the old days when games were designed and built by one or two programmers. They might not have the bells and whistles but they have something more. Character. Allow me to introduce The Thrill Of The Fight...
Brutally simple. Swing and dodge, knock your opponent out and start again. This is very early access at the time of review but the core gameplay is there. No buttons, just you and your fists.
I think the graphics are excellent. It takes a while to appreciate the nuances being displayed here. The boxers are solid, they move and punch in a very realistic way. Slowing the game down during my video edit helped me to appreciate just how much work has gone into the lighting and textures, while the mechanics of contact are more impressive as you get used to the game. Tunnel vision effects are very well crafted and let you know when it's time to unleash the beast.
I love it. This game will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Every knockout is most welcome and it's amazing how intimidating the opponent becomes as your physical energy drops off! I'll be coming back to this one when my arms have recovered..