Oculus Rift Game Reviews – The Mage’s Tale

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The Mage’s Tale is one of the shining examples of how to do an RPG right on the Oculus Rift. It was actually released a few years ago (before Skyrim made the leap to VR) and it was a true standout title for the Oculus Rift. Even now, after a couple of years this holds up as a fantastic game and a game, I feel every Oculus Rift owner needs to take an interest in.

You play the role of a young wizard who is an apprentice just learning his craft. You are learning things and then your master is kidnapped and you are determined to go and rescue him. You have this ugly little guy who tags along and helps let you know how to play the game. It is quite well done and I did start warming up to the little fellow. No one will say that The Mage’s Tale is groundbreaking in terms of its story, but there is more than enough to keep your attention here.

The game has a kind of hub world and it is from here you can go to a new level or create your potions. Potions play a big part in the game and as you progress you will unlock more and more abilities. You start off with this fireball spell which I actually really liked, but eventually, you will have more at your disposal such as the epic lightning spell. You can have four equipped at a time and they have made selecting them very easy. I do wish that you could dual wield, but your hand that does not cast is used for a shield so it does still work.

Combat in The Mage’s Tale is something that I really enjoyed. You can choose your loadout of spells and the controls work great. I like being able to snap to the left and right and this makes battles very exciting. The game lets you move via teleportation and it works pretty well, but getting used to snapping left and right is really key, especially when dealing with multiple enemies at once as they are not shy about ganging up on you. You are probably looking at about 10 hours or so to beat the main story. There are plenty of puzzles, fights, and secrets as well so it is a really fun and lengthy VR adventure.

As you can see from the still screenshots, The Mage’s Tale is a great looking game. You will need a decent machine to play this. Not so much for the graphics, but due to the load times! I have a decent PC and even on that, the load times can be absolutely brutal. I am not sure why this, but it can get annoying as there is a ton of loading in the game which if the load times were not as lengthy as they were would not be all that bad.

I think that The Mage’s Tale is a truly wonderful RPG style game. It is not just a blast to play, but the level of immersion here is fantastic. You really do feel like you are a wizard on a quest to save your master and put evil in its place. It does have some technical issues (load times) however, you can look past those like the rest of the game is so much fun.

Pros:

You actually feel like a wizard

Your goblin/orc buddy is fun

Different spells to cast

The controls really do feel great

Lots of content here to keep you entertained

Cons:

The load times are horrible

Dual-wielding spells would have been awesome

Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Karnage Chronicles

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Before we get started I need to point out that Karnage Chronicles is still in early access so you have to keep that in mind. This is a game I first heard about well over a year ago and so far with each update I am getting more and more excited for it to be fully realized. It is a dungeon crawler style game with heavy fantasy elements and it apparently thinks it is as cool as Mortal Kombat with its use of the letter K!

The game is for one to four players and as I write this there are two classes that you can play as. You can play as a Warrior or an Archer and both classes feel very different. The Warrior class as you have probably guessed is all about melee and just kicking as much butt as possible. This is actually my preferred class and when I played this with a friend, I was a Warrior and he an Archer. The Archer is a more ranged type of character with lower attacks, but they can be done from a safer range. Even though the game is in early access both these classes feel great and quite fleshed out if I am being honest. However, two classes are really not enough in a game like this and I am excited for them to add more.

The presentation is fantastic. The first video I saw of this way back in 2018 looked kind of bland and uninspired. The most recent version I played looks great and has a very cool, I kind of want to say cartoony, but I think that is selling it short. It has a dungeons and dragons kind of style but like a cartoon version of it. Like a modern version of the classic 80s animated series, with a bit of Warhammer and Lord of the Rings thrown in for good measure. There is not a ton of variety to the enemies in the game yet, but the orcs and other creatures do look great.

Speaking of creatures, the enemy AI is quite smart. I played as the Archer for a few rounds and I suck at ranged characters! It takes me an age to line up my shot and half the time I am too slow at firing. This was a good thing in Karnage Chronicles as it let me see a cool AI feature. They will actually duck if you try and go for a headshot and take too long to get the shot off. Add to this the way they will try and defend themselves from your attacks and you have a combat system that keeps you on your toes. Like many other modern games of this style. The ferocity of your attacks is measured by how hard you swing; I really like this as it gives the combat some real weight. Parrying at the right time and then smashing a creature in the face is great!

The game is a real loot fest. You can pick up coins and other items and the game actually forces you to reach out and pick them up. I get what they were going for here in terms of making you feel like you are in this world, but I must admit I found this a bit on the annoying side. Hey, to be fair I am sure there will be many who actually like this added element of realism and interactivity. While you can get stuff in the dungeon there is also a shop you can buy items at too. I am sure all of this will be fleshed out as the game moves along its development.

I know it is a hard sell for some people when it comes to a game in early access, but I think that Karnage Chronicles for the Oculus Rift is a ton of fun so far. It is especially great if you are playing with a friend and I am very excited to see what they have in store with the next update.

Pros:

Both classes feel very different

The enemy AI is quite clever

The dev team seem like they are cool and give frequent updates

I like the magic that the game has too

Melee combat feels very satisfying

Cons:

Only two classes at the moment

Having to manual pick stuff up is a bit annoying for me

Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Shadow Legend VR

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There is not exactly a ton of choice when it comes to truly epic RPG’s for the Oculus Rift, but Shadow Legend VR is one that really does deserve some special attention. This is a fantastic blueprint that many other developers should follow when it comes to making a VR RPG. It is a truly fun experience and one that is an essential playthrough for anyone looking for a great VR experience for their Oculus Rift.

While I love my story-driven RPG’s I must admit that the overall story is perhaps the weakest aspect of the game. The basics are that you play the role of the Grand Master of the Knights of Templar and you need to protect and save the land from this evil demon king. It is not a bad story by any means, but it is very by the numbers, but it does give you the motivation to keep moving forward.

Shadow Legends VR has what you would expect from an RPG. There are plenty of puzzles for you to solve and these are quite well done and challenging without being too cryptic. There is plenty of exploration to do, although I do wish there was a bit more free roam in the game as I like the world they have created here and then we have the combat! Combat is always a major feature of a VR RPG and this game does it very well.

You can use ranged weapons and magic abilities if you like, but I am all about that melee combat. I have read some people say the combat is shallow, but I think it is a great deal of fun. The harder you swing your weapons the more damage you will do. While the enemy AI is not the smartest, I have come across they can still overwhelm you and force you to change things up. What I like is how if you attack them just right, they will get a highlight on them that allows you to hack off a limb! The game also has some pretty epic bosses for you to face and these are a ton of fun.

I really like how interactive they have made the world of Shadow Legend VR. You can play with your dog, you can feed your horse, you can cook, you can even use blacksmith like skills. It is very immersive and I wish other RPGs would put this much effort into making you feel like you are actually in the game.

The presentation of the game is great and the video trailers really do not do it justice. It has a very fantasy art style to it and for the most part, I really have no complaints about the way the game looks. The voice acting is pretty fun, but what really sets this apart is the fact that when you are given dialogue actions, you do not just have to pick one and press a button. The game has speech recognition so you can actually say the lines and the game will pick them up. This greatly helps with the immersion and it works incredibly well, it picked up what I said every time.

I had a great deal of fun with Shadow Legend VR on the Oculus Rift. It is very impressive what a small team was able to do here and I would love to see what they could do now that they have this game engine to play with. It is a fun VR RPG and while not perfect it is one of the most enjoyable, I have played in quite some time.

Pros:

A great sense of immersion

I love talking to NPC’s with my voice

Combat is fun and satisfying

Hacking off limbs

It is an overall really fun experience

Cons:

The story is not the best

I do wish it was a bit longer