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Ok, so I know that the mobile beginnings of République may fill you with caution. However, this is République VR for the Oculus Go and it actually makes the jump to the world of Virtual Reality incredibly well. So much so that it is a real standout game for the Oculus Go in my opinion.
I really liked the premise that is driving République VR. The game is set in a kind of dystopian future with a totalitarian state where the government controls everything and watches everything that you do. There is one woman called Hope who is trying to escape from a government infested place to expose them for what they really are. It is a pretty solid story and one that I did actually really enjoy.
They describe the game as a thriller and I guess I would say that is the best way to describe the story. It has a kind of “Divergent” feel to it in terms of its tone and that is a good thing. The game looks decent enough and I am impressed overall with how the story unfolds. Also, the story lasts around 8 to 10 hours so it is far longer than many other story-driven VR games I have played lately.
The gameplay of République VR is rather interesting. You may think that you control Hope and the game is some kind of third-person action game. That is not the case at all. You are someone who is helping Hope get away without being caught. You do this via the CCTV network that this world has. You can look around and find a safe path for Hope to travel. You need to find where guards are, solve puzzles, figure out what Hope should do next and so on.
You do actually have many different things to do which keeps the game fresh and prevents it from getting boring. The fact you use CCTV means that the camera angles can be quite jarring. It is like an old survival horror game with the fixed camera angles and it can take a while to get used to. If you want a VR game that is slower paced and does require you to think rather than just shoot what is in your way, you will have a lot of fun with République VR.
This did start life as a mobile game so there is really only so much they could have done with the visuals. However, I do feel that République VR is still a decent enough looking game. you have a nice variety to areas that you need to get through and that again helps to keep things fresh and interesting. The character models look decent, but I am not sure that the close-ups in VR work as well as they do on a phone as the facial animations are not the best.
Sound-wise I really like what they have done here. It is rather immersive and does a good job of making you feel like you are in this government-controlled world. The voice acting is pretty good, especially when Hope has to whisper to you as it makes things feel even tenser and real.
I really did enjoy my time with République VR for the Oculus Go. Currently, the game is sold for under 10 bucks which I think is an absolute steal for a game like this. If you want a game for your Oculus Go that is more stealth-based and not just all about action, you are in for a very good time with this. With a nice and long story, you really are getting a lot of bang for your buck here.