To be honest, I’ve been kind of at a loss with YouRift. There’s tons going on in the VR community—TONS—but we’re still in a very unique time period, prior to mass adoption. We’re still Early Adopters. I’ve got my Oculus DK2 sitting right here next to me, but the things I can do with it are limited (especially as a Mac user—I’m considering getting a dedicated PC gaming rig just to run more stuff for the Oculus, particularly Alien: Isolation). So it’s still a bit of a no-man’s land.
But that’s no excuse not to be blogging about the Oculus. I’ve just been asleep at the wheel. So to start, I’m going to do a few reviews of the new games out for Oculus—particularly since a lot of new stuff has come out in the last few months.
The first game up is Vanguard V—an arcade-style space game that’s you’ll likely find similar to the “flying through space dodging asteroids” mini-games made popular by Electronic Arts titles like Dead Space and Mass Effect. However, this kind of thing really does go a lot better in VR.
Vanguard V puts you in the role of a space-suited woman flying through a field of debris, shooting down space parasites while being coached by a British-sounding voice. It’s very, very well executed—although it’s woefully short, being only one level. The creator is looking for funds to finish it; but what he’s created could easily be a commercial, very satisfying arcade shooter. (Check out his impressive plans here.)
There’s even a callback to StarFox (“Do a barrel roll,” your guide advises at one point)—it’s the little details that matter.
Here’s a trailer:
This is probably the best game I’ve played yet for the Oculus—a close second would be “AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaCULUS!!!,” a platform jump game similar to the old school Pilotwings for the Super Nintendo, and very similar to Vanguard V in terms of the general game mechanics.
Vanguard V is the first game I’ve seen that showcases what the Oculus can do—and I’m just getting back going taking a look at what’s out there, but this definitely encourages me that developers have got a leg up on the technology, even from a few months ago.
On to some new games!