Oculus Quest Game Reviews – I Expect You To Die

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I Expect You To Die was first released around three years ago and was a bit of a VR success story. Well, now the game has made the jump to the Oculus Quest and from what I can tell, no sacrifices have been required to get the game looking just as good on here as it does on the Oculus Rift.

The whole schtick of I Expect You To Die is that it is a spoof of the classic James Bond movies. It has a hilarious intro song that you will be smiling the whole time you hear it. You may be thinking that as this is a spoof on James Bond that we are dealing with some kind of action-packed shooter game. Well, that is not the case at all, instead, I Expect You To Die is probably best described as a puzzle kind of game.

Each level will have you in a confined space and it is up to you to figure out what you need to do in order to survive. There is actually a ton of variety here to the different things that you have to do and I think that is why there could be so few levels. Although to be fair in that regard this Oculus Quest version does have an extra level that I do not remember being on the Oculus Rift.

Anyway, you may have to dodge a laser, figure out how to open a door, impersonate a window cleaner and many more things. You are like the ultimate spy and being the ultimate spy means that you should be able to adapt to any situation that comes your way. Figuring out what to do can be tricky, but the puzzles are never so obscure that it makes you frustrated or lose interest with the game. There is a lot of trial and error here, but that is actually done on purpose.

I love the presentation of the game and for me personally, I get a very 70s and 80s (maybe with a touch of Pierce Brosnan here and there) Bond vibe. The visuals look great on the Oculus Quest and I never noticed much if any difference from the way the game looked on the Oculus Rift.

One thing that I think makes this a preferred way to play I Expect You To Die though is the controls. The Oculus Quest being fully wireless really comes into its own here. The tracking is fantastic and the game is very smart at how it makes you feel exactly where you need to be in its virtual world. Seriously many other games should take note of this as I never had one kind of tracking or technical issue when playing this. If I died, it was always because I was either too slow to react to a hazard or I made a mistake.

I think that I Expect You To Die on the Oculus Quest is a tremendous game. I spent a lot of time with this when it was first released and I must say this is better than I even remembered it being and this is from someone who loved it back in 2016. With clever puzzles and some very funny humor, you will not be disappointed with I Expect You To Die and I would go as far as to say this is a must-have for your Oculus Quest.

Pros:

It has a very tongue in cheek sense of humor

Lots of clever puzzles

Even when you die it is fun

The tracking is perfect with the Oculus Quest

An excellent showcase of VR

Cons:

The game is a little bit short

Maybe some more “action” would have been nice

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Oculus Quest Game Reviews – Beat Saber

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I consider myself something of an expert at Beat Saber! I say this as I have spent hours with both the Oculus Rift version and the PlayStation VR version of the game. So I was more than excited to see if being fully wireless with the Oculus Quest version of Beat Saber would make any difference.

Beat Saber is one of the biggest VR hits across all the platforms it has been released on. I am going to start this review by saying that I think this might actually be my favorite version of Beat Saber I have played out of the three that I have personally spent time with! The Oculus Quest is all about having a wireless VR experience and while I thought it would not make much difference to a game like Beat Saber, it actually does.

For those of you that do not know what Beat Saber is, let me tell you. This is a rhythm game where you have two laser swords (sabers) and you need to slash these boxes in time to the music. It sounds like such a simple premise, but I promise you this is one of the most addictive games you will ever play. You have a saber in each hand, one red and one blue. Boxes will come towards you and you have to slash at the right boxes with the right saber.

For example, you use the red saber to slash the red boxes. The twist is that certain boxes will have an arrow on them indicating what direction they need to be slashed! Also, there can be walls that come your way, forcing you to physically move so you do not hit them. I know full well how simple Beat Saber sounds, but this can be one very, very challenging game. Part of what makes it great is that when you fail, you want to have one more try to see if you can beat that song!

There is a great selection of songs to choose from in the standard version of the game and there are also song packs that you can buy. I have not purchased any additional content for the Oculus Question version of Beat Saber and I feel that there are more than enough songs here to justify the asking price. I have also read that they plan to take advantage of the wireless nature of the Oculus Quest by introducing levels that require you to fully turn around! This sounds awesome and certainly something I will be taking part in.

The presentation of Beat Saber is fantastic. Of course, the music is great, but the visuals are also a real treat. They have a kind of Tron vibe to them and I think it is really cool how there are all these different laser-like effects in the background as you play. These not only look cool; they are there to try and sneakily distract you from paying attention to the oncoming boxes. Beat Saber does have different difficulties and trying to get the best score possible on each song on each of its difficulties is going to keep you very busy.

Beat Saber on the Oculus Quest plays like a charm. The tracking is great (actually better than it is on the PSVR that is for sure) and I never once missed a beat due to a “technical” issue. Not having wires coming from the headset actually makes a huge difference and to me, it makes playing the game a much more fun and immersive experience.

I really cannot praise Beat Saber highly enough. Even if you have played this on another device, I would still recommend getting it for the Oculus Quest. Heck, I have three versions of this game and I do not regret it one bit! It is a game that is very easy to enjoy, but it is very hard to master.

Pros:

A tremendous soundtrack

Lots of fun to play

The Quest being wireless makes a huge difference

Plenty of songs to choose from

Some great content is inline for the coming year!

Cons:

It is very addictive

It would have been cool had the new content been ready for launch

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Oculus Quest Game Reviews – Shadow Point

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As I write this Shadow Point is an exclusive title to the Oculus Quest. At the launch of the Oculus Quest, this was one of the stand out games. It is produced by Coatsink Software who have done a fantastic job in making VR games. They really have not made a bad one yet and I am pleased to say that they have continued that trend with Shadow Point.

Shadow Point is best described as a story-driven puzzle game. You play the role of an investigator called, Alex Burkett. You are on the case to discover what happened to a little girl who went missing from the Shadow Point Observatory over a decade ago. Helping you with the case (and also moving the story along) is the journal of a man called, Edgar Mansfield who had also been trying to find the little girl over a decade ago.

His journal which is narrated fleshes out the story and this fantastic world very well. A huge part of this is that it is actually narrated by Sir Patrick Stewart who you know from his role as Captain Picard on Star Trek and Professor X in the X-Men series to name just a few of his highlights. His voice fits this game perfectly and it always drives you to keep on playing and to go to that next room to find more out about what exactly is going on and where this little girl really ended up.

You see the fate of the little girl is not a grisly one. Shadow Point is actually set in a “hidden world” a world that is full of puzzles (around 80) for you to solve and discover why this girl went missing and the other hidden secrets that it has. The puzzles are all very, very clever and for the most part, utilize the manipulation of light. I feel that the difficulty curve here is near perfect. Shadow Point is a game that will make you think, but at the same time, I also found this to be quite a relaxing game.

While the Oculus Go being wireless is great. Shadow Point can be played standing up or sitting down. The controllers on a few occasions did have a little trouble doing exactly what I wanted, but this to be fair could have been more to do with me than the actual tracking. The world that they have created here is great and I really wish that the game let me explore and interact more with it. Most of the time you can only interact with things that are to do with the puzzle. This can be frustrating as the different rooms have stuff all over them and my inquisitive mind really wanted to look at it all.

As this is a story driven puzzle game, you may think that there is little replay value to be had. That is not actually the case. You see, you can unlock more difficult challenges if you are up to it. Also, the story is that great I could easily see myself coming back to the game a month or two down the line. There are a lot of puzzles to be completed so it is not like you are going to blow through this in an afternoon anyway!

I think that Shadow Point is a great addition to the Oculus Quest. I love the story, the art style and the cherry on top of this puzzle filled cake is the narration by Sir Patrick Stewart. If you like puzzle games that have a good and mysterious story to them, you are going to be really sucked in by this!

Pros:

The presentation is very nice

I loved the story

The narration is some of the best I have heard in a VR game

Plenty of puzzles to do

You can unlock more challenges

Cons:

The tracking on a few occasions felt a little off

Might not have a ton of replay value

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