Oculus Go Game Reviews – Ping Pong VR

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I know that when Ping Pong VR first came out people were less than impressed with what it offered. However, it has actually undergone a pretty significant update that has seen it become one of the most action-packed versions of ping pong that you can currently get on the Oculus Go.

The first thing that you have to talk about when looking at a game like Ping Pong VR is the controls. I think that for the most part, they work quite well. I felt like my paddle was actually doing what I wanted it to do most of the time. However, sometimes the game does kind of crap out and the ball would be stuck on the floor or the paddles would have a mind of their own. Coming out of the game and going back in did tend to fix this, but it is something I hope that they fix in a future update.

What I really like about Ping Pong VR is that it is a game that does not take itself too seriously. Sure, you can play your standard game of ping pong against an AI opponent or another player in multiplayer. However, I love the way the game also has some pretty over the top style as well. I think this is actually what sets it apart from all the other ping pong games that are available for the Oculus Go.

If you watch the trailer you can see how nuts that Ping Pong VR has gotten. My favorite aspect of it has to be when you can play using lightsabers! This is awesome and if you are playing with a fellow Star Wars fan you guys are in for a real treat. It makes me wonder why the heck there is no official Star Wars game like this yet. The lightsabers control just like the regular paddles, but they are a little thinner so a wee bit more skill is required.

Ping Pong VR keeps things interesting by having other weird things. For example, you can play with a bunch of flowers that will shoot their parts over the place as you play! You can even charge up a special move that will shoot fire at your opponent. This is really tough to deal with and the VR effect here is actually really well done. I do think that this help makes Ping Pong VR standout from the other VR ping pong games that I have played.

The art style that they have gone for is pretty cool. Rather than just being in a boring ping pong arena. They have made different arenas ranging from one that has a sci-fi twist to one that has a more fantasy feel to it. Now granted these do not really change anything from a gameplay point of view, but the different arenas do help keep things fresh.

I had a good time with Ping Pong VR and think it is one of the more fun ping pong games that I have played with my Oculus Go. Still, with that being said, it is not a perfect game and I certainly feel that they need to work on some of the bugs as it is very annoying when the ball just disappears or your paddle goes haywire. Still, for the price, this is a fun VR ping pong experience.

Pros:

Different rooms add variety

You can play with lightsabers

Special moves make matches more unpredictable

Different game modes

It is quite a fun game to play

Cons:

The ball can sometimes disappear or get stuck

Paddles on occasion have a mind of their own

Oculus Go Game Reviews – Escape Room VR

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When I saw the trailer and read the description for Escape Room VR Four Stories, I was all in! There are other escape room games on the Oculus Go, but I think that this one here is one of the most interesting ones of the whole bunch. So, if you have always wanted to be in a real escape room or maybe even feel like you are in a movie! I do think that Escape Room VR Four Stories is the game for you.

One of the things that really surprised me about the game is that there is actually a story at work here. They tell the story through these pretty cool comic book style cut scenes and I have to be honest and say that it is way better than I thought that it would be. As I write this there are four different stories that you play through, but the most recent one does require you to purchase it separately which kind of sucks.

Dirty Money, Crazy Kidnapper, Knowledge & Order and Salesclerk Revenge are the four stories to play through and that is the right order to play through them if you ask me. The visuals look fantastic and, in some places, I would go as far as to say that they look photo realistic. Some of the levels like the Crazy Kidnapper one also has a really creepy feeling to them as well. I really am quite impressed with the overall presentation of the game.

The actual gameplay sees you be in one of the scenarios and have to figure your way out of it. You only have 30 minutes to do this and that time limit may sound like a lot, but trust me when I tell you it is not! Chances of you getting through it your first couple of playthroughs are slim to none so you have to memorize things. There is a scoring system and different endings for you to experience so there is a bit of replayability here which is pretty nice.

While I think the idea and the presentation of Escape Room VR Four Stories is fantastic. The controls are not quite as precise as I would like. There is no free movement here, you teleport where you want to go and this can be a major problem. Many of the objects that you interact with will require you to be in a specific place to do so. For example, if there is something on a desk, you may not be able to pick it up from the back of the desk. It can be a bit annoying having to wrestle with this in order to pick something up.

I do not think that is game breaking and you do eventually get a feel for where you should stand and go. It just takes a little while to get used to, I know it would have been hard, but I really think that some kind of free roam movement would have made this one of the must-have games for the Oculus Go.

As far as escape room games go, I really did enjoy my time with Escape Room VR Four Stories and think that it is worth checking out. Just be warned that the controls can be a bit on the frustrating side and take a while to get used to.

Pros:

Has different scenarios to play through

The presentation is fantastic

I really liked how there was an actual story

The game is very challenging

Plenty of reason to go back and play each room again

Cons

You have to pay extra for the last story

The controls take a lot of getting used to

Oculus Go Game Reviews – Tactera

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The backstory of Tactera was something that I actually found very interesting. This is the brainchild of E McNeill and he was the person who brought us the excellent Darknet. He loves VR and wants to make VR games that he actually wants to play. Well, that is exactly what we have here with Tactera. He wanted to make a real time strategy game that felt like a game from the 90s but in VR.

As you can see from the screenshots, Tactera has a top down kind of view. The idea is that you are a commander looking down at your units from a position of safety. I feel that they were going for a futuristic type of war room effect here, but for me, it more feels like a person who is playing a board game like Risk or something like that.

The game is split into two phases. There is grand battle strategy and then there is the real time combat. The first part of this will see you faced with a map that looks like a giant grid. Here you will need to plot your course to the enemy. You take turns, where you move your units across the map until you come across the enemy and this is when the battles begin.

You and your enemy have the same number of bases. These bases will give you new troops that you can deploy in order to swing the battle in your favor. You have a lot of options at your disposal for what you tell the troops to do and it can be a little overwhelming at first. When you take an enemy base, it becomes yours and you can then decide what you want to do with it. As far as a real time strategy game goes, I feel that fans of the genre will feel right at home with what Tactera is offering.

For those who are new to this type of game, I can see you having enough after about ten minutes in all honesty. I am not saying that this is a bad game or anything like that. I just feel that the tutorial could have been much better. I get the impression that this game was made for people who were already familiar with this genre. As a result, this would not be the ideal game for someone new to RTS or tactics games, in general, to play as the learning curve is very steep.

There is a campaign here that is quite fun to play through and this does actually work quite well in making you feel like you are in charge of a whole bunch of troops and units. I would advise this is where you spend most of your time when you first get the game. While the campaign is great, multiplayer is what is going to really suck you in. Playing a game like this with an equally skilled opponent is a real match of wits. Even against the AI Tactera can be a very tense game. You can kick the tension up to a level 12 when playing against another person.

I think that Tactera is a really solid strategy game and if you are willing to put in the time to learn how to play it properly you are in for a real treat here. The art style is rather basic, but I think that it is also cool. With a decently lengthy campaign to enjoy in single player and a never-ending run of multiplayer battles to enjoy. I do feel that for those that are into this type of thing, Tactera is going to be a game that they spend a ton of time with.

Pros:

The art style is basic, but kind of cool

Plenty of different units to use

A heavy emphasis on thinking before you act

Multiplayer can take over your life

The campaign is a nice length

Cons:

A very steep learning curve

It is not new user-friendly at all