Let me start by saying I am a really huge rock fan. Guns n Roses, Poison and Motley Crue being my all time favorite bands. So, any game that has a rock and roll edge like Rock & Rails here does grab my attention. So, if you are a fellow hard rocking amigo, you better get your rock hands ready, pick up your ax and get ready to shred and melt some faces!!!!!
There is actually a story to Rock & Rails and I thought that was pretty funny. The world has had its rock and roll taken away because of these vile and disgusting Silence Beasts. Only our three heroes (the games three playable characters) can rock hard enough to defeat the Silence Beasts and to bring rock and roll back to the cosmos. Sure, the story is not going to win any awards, but I found it pretty fun.
How to describe Rock & Rails? I would put this game as a mix of Guitar Hero, Coaster Combat and those sections in modern Sonic games where he is grinding along rails. You mix those three games together and give the game a rocking soundtrack and that is what Rock & Rails basically is. It is also worth noting that as I write this Rock & Rails is completely free.
Black River Studios are the team behind this and they are quickly becoming one of my favorite VR developers as they are all about games being fun. The idea of each level is that your chosen rocker will jump out of the garage and proceed towards the Silence Beast. Along the way, a ton of stuff is trying to stop you and you need to get rid of it with the power of rock. I found aiming with my Oculus Go to be very easy, but the game did stutter at a few points and this did knock me off. It never ruined the game or anything like that, but it did take me out of the moment.
You need to also keep an eye on what path you are on as you can move between them as you make your way to face the Silence Beast. In all honesty, there is not a ton here when it comes to the actual gameplay, but Rock & Rails for me is not trying to be some super deep game. This is all about having fun and it is the kind of game you can fire up for a short 15 to 20-minute burst and have a great time with after a hard day at work or school.
It does have multiplayer functionality and by multiplayer, I mean local so if you have a buddy who also has an Oculus Go, you guys can play together which is pretty cool. There is also a more hardcore mode if you find the game to easy, but in all honesty, the controls on the Oculus Go make this hardcore mode very, very hard to beat.
In all, I think that Rock & Rails is a tremendous game. It is free, it is fun and it is well worth downloading. I was very impressed with the soundtrack (although a real licensed soundtrack with bands like GnR and Metallica would have been epic) and had a lot of fun with the game. I do think the controls take a little getting used to, but I really do suggest that you stick with it as there is a lot of fun to be had here.
A real rocking soundtrack
It mixes different games together very well
The story is actually pretty fun
As are the Silence Beasts!
Game is free!
A few control issues can spoil things when you are on a roll
The hard mode is way too hard!