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I have played a ton of VR games, but few have blown me away in the same way that Asgard’s Wrath for the Oculus Rift has. This is an action RPG game that was built with VR in mind from the very start. This is something that I think really does make the game stand out. It is not a game that had VR tacked onto it, it was a game that was made to take advantage of all the good that VR offers.
The game has a great story that is heavily influenced by Norse mythology. You play the role of the God of Animals and Loki is “working” with you to help you get the best out of your powers. You need to go out and find a group of mortal men and women and “possess” them in order to get through the game. This is really cool and the mortals that you possess each have their own feel, look, story and playstyle which is just awesome and makes the game feel very varied.
You possess these people, but you can then hear their thoughts and feelings which really helps flesh out the story. This is done very well and something I was actually surprised by. While this means you play the game mainly from a first person point of view, you can also on occasion zoom out of your body for a top down point of view where you can then find cool and hidden stuff as well as get a better idea at how to solve some of the puzzles that the game is throwing your way.
You do also get to play as The God of Animals and this is cool in that you can get help via animals. This is probably my favorite aspect of the game and it is done very well. A shark, for example, can do a lot of damage, a turtle can use its shell as a form of defense and an owl can use magic in a strange, but awesome way. I am really amazed at just how much variety there is to the gameplay in Asgard’s Wrath. The game will probably take you in the 20 to 30 hour range to get through, but it just zooms past as it is so much fun. The opening and end of the game have you as your “god self”, but the remaining four chapters are where you will be in control of a mortal.
The combat in the game is very satisfying. It is not just a hack and slash kind of game; you will need to parry and then attack. So, I liked how there was some thought to each encounter. In the early part of the game, enemies just have health, but they eventually will have another kind of energy bar to worry about too. Thankfully the game gives you skills and upgrades as you play which makes dealing with more troublesome enemies not only fun but more manageable as well.
Asgard’s Wrath for the Oculus Rift is a truly amazing game. It is not just one of the best VR games I have played over the last year or so, but best games in general. This is a fantastic game and one that I really cannot speak highly enough of. It looks truly amazing, sounds great, has an awesome story and the gameplay is a ton of fun. This is a game that every Oculus Rift owner needs in their collection.
Plenty of characters to play as
Using animal abilities to help you out
The combat is very satisfying
The game looks like a million bucks
The progression is great
It is so good it leaves you wanting more!
Will the lesser Oculus systems be able to handle this?