Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Moss

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If I had to write a list of my all time favorite VR games, Moss would be on that list without a doubt. While I played the game first of all on the PlayStation VR, I was very happy to get the chance to finally play the game on the Oculus Rift. Let me tell you, it goes without saying that any version of Moss is fantastic.

The idea of Moss I know does not sound all that exciting. You play as a young mouse called Quill. Quill lives in the forest and really wants some kind of adventure in her life. Well, this evil comes to the forest; her dear uncle is dying and only she can save him along with the forest. The story does not sound all that remarkable I am aware of that. However, it is very well told and the game is like a storybook that has come to life and this is something I think is very cool indeed. So, give the story a chance! Trust me, you will be very impressed.

Moss for the Oculus Rift plays like a 3rd person action/adventure/platform game with a sprinkle of puzzle-solving over it. You play the game with a standard controller and it feels great. Quill controls very well and she can jump fairly high too which is great. Quill can also kick some butt as she has a sword. The sword is pretty handy as it can not only be used in combat situations. The sword can also be used to clear paths and for other things too.

Another part of the gameplay aside from the combat and the platforming is interacting with the world. The perfect example of this happens very early on in the game. You can highlight this waterfall looking thing and stop it from turning. You can then have Quill get through it as it has stopped moving. This is a great use of VR technology, but it is not the best way that Moss is a VR game. Sometimes the view is pretty zoomed out and you do not know where to go. When you move your head, you move the game camera in real time. This can be used to find a new path, hidden items or just to get a better view of the action.

Moss is a fantastic looking game on the Oculus Rift. In all honesty, I am not sure I would say that this version is any better looking than the version that I have played on the PlayStation VR. However, that is not a bad thing at all. This is a great looking game and it is the kind of game where when you first enter a new area, you think it looks cool. Then you start taking more in such as the way the bramble looks, the decaying walls, the water and so on and you realize just how much detail is in each area of the game.

I think that Moss is an absolute must play if it is available on the VR device you use. The Oculus Rift is no different! This is a wonderful game and a game that I have probably played through over 10 times now. It is just a real joy to play from start to finish. Not only that, but the story told by Moss and the way it is told is far better than people give it credit for.

Pros:

It is like you are playing through a storybook

The game looks fantastic

The controls are fun and very smooth

Plenty of cool areas to explore

The use of VR is very interesting

Cons:

I do wish it lasted just a tad longer

It is not the hardest game I have ever played

Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Star Trek: Bridge Crew

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As a huge fan of the series, Star Trek: Bridge Crew was a game that I was very excited to check out for the Oculus Rift. I actually played this first on the PSVR so I was very interested to see if the warp drive was engaged for the Rift version of the game just a tad more. So, let’s get ready to take the bridge and make sure our mission goes off without a hitch!

While I am a big Star Trek fan, I was a little worried that Star Trek: Bridge Crew was going to be a bit too “sim” for my liking. From what I understand that is the case with many other folks too. Surprisingly, this is not as hard a game to get the hang of and figure out as you would think and while I would still say it is a “sim” kind of game. I do feel that it is the kind of game anyone can jump in and play.

The setting of the game is the current “Chris Pine as Kirk” Star Trek universe. I do not mind this at all as I love those movies. The game takes place on the bridge of the SS Aegis and you are part of a crew that is helping the Vulcans find a new home. There are four positions for you to play as on the bridge. You can be the captain an engineer, a tactical officer, and a helm officer. While you are all working towards the same goal, each position has its own things for you to do.

I liked how different each position was. From having to fix the warp drive if you are the engineer to making sure that the shields are up or down at the right time if you are the helm officer. Each role has plenty of things to do and working together and communicating with the rest of your bridge crew is key to getting through anything that is thrown your way. From fixing the ship to fighting off the Klingons, you always have something that needs your attention in the game.

Using touch controls is quite easy. I found that my movements were picked up a bit better here and a tad more precise than they were on the PSVR version of Star Trek: Bridge Crew. While you can play the game on your own, the most fun is when you have a full crew of people. Which as I write this review is actually easier said than done as the player base does seem to have dwindled quite a bit since the game originally launched.

One thing that I really think is missing in the game is some kind of free roam mode. You are confined to your position on the Bridge and while it is cool to look around and see all of the little details. I really wish that I was able to look around other parts of the ship or even have the ability to look around the whole of the bridge more than I do.

I liked the PSVR version and I think that on the Oculus Rift, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is also a great experience. I had a really fun time when I was able to play this with other people and I did like how the touch controllers worked with this game as they did make it a more immersive experience. It is also worth noting that while the default game is set in this current movie universe. You can also get some paid DLC that is all about Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Pros:

Awesome if you are a fan of Star Trek

Four different roles to assume on the bridge

When you are playing with other folks it is a blast

It has a pretty engaging story

They have made the game accessible to all skill levels

Cons:

It is not the deepest game

The player base is not huge these days

Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Brass Tactics

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When I heard that Brass Tactics for the Oculus Rift was developed by the masterminds of Age of Empires II. I was very interested to see how a tabletop style strategy game made by these folks would translate to virtual reality. I have played similar VR games to these types of PC games before, but none manage to be as in-depth. Brass Tactics is trying to change that!

The first thing that is worth noting is that this is actually a full-priced game. However, if you are not sure if Brass Tactics is a game for you. They do have a free to play (kind of a demo version) that you can try out for free. I would most certainly recommend that you do that. This is a very in-depth kind of strategy game and one that really is suited to a certain type of gamer. I am sure there are many fine people who would find the game hard to get into. That is why it is best to try out Brass Tactics Arena for free first.

One of the things that I loved about this game was organizing my units. Your army will be made up of the 12 different unit classes and there are various upgrades and abilities that you can use to help swing the battle in your favor. The way the game only gives you upgrades during the quest you are on is pretty clever. It means that when two players compete, they are always on an even playing field.

While you will be fighting the arm of your opponent as is the case with other real time strategy games. Making buildings, training your armies and purchasing upgrades are all things you need to work on. The way you do this is with the games two currency forms. Jewels can be gotten by working over the jewel mines that are featured on the map. Ore can be found in the ore mines and this is what you will be needing in order to upgrade your warriors.

I was quite impressed with the campaign that Brass Tactics offered. I really liked the fantasy setting and I would say that it took me a good eight hours to get through it. I found the story well written and I did find that I had a motivation for making sure my armies always came out victorious. As well as the single-player campaign, you can play against a rather clever AI. I was actually super impressed with the AI in this game and felt it gave a fair challenge, but without being cheap.

Then we have the online play. There are actually two ways to play Brass Tactics online. You can play against another person or you can play with them. I so far have only played against people and I have lost every time! The thing is, I still had a fun time even though I was clearly no match for my opponents. Brass Tactics is not an easy game to learn quickly, it requires you to put some serious time and work into learning how to best manage your army.

I feel that Brass Tactics is the kind of game you will either love or hate. I have a love for real time strategy games and I really do enjoy what it is offering. I am sure as I become better at the game, the already fun online mode will be something I enjoy even more. This is a full-priced game, so remember to try out the free version which is called Brass Tactics Arena first.

Pros:

The game has an interesting single-player campaign

Plenty of different units to build your army with

Playing against the AI is a lot of fun

There are over 20 well-designed maps to fight for!

The presentation is pretty solid all around

Cons:

It does take a while to get into

The campaign could have been a couple of hours longer