As a huge fan of the Arkham games, I was very excited to try out Batman: Arkham VR on the Oculus Rift. I had already played the PSVR version of this so I was interested to see if the extra horsepower of the Oculus Rift would make much of a difference when it came to me pretending to be the Dark Knight.
The setting of Batman Arkham VR on the Oculus Rift is between Arkham City and Arkham Knight. If you have played the other games in the series then you will more than likely get sucked into what is going on. Without giving any major spoilers away, I will explain what the story is. Basically, Alfred informs Batman that both Robin and Nightwing have gone missing and are not responding. This sets Batman out on a mission to track them down and find out what is happening.
It feels like a mission that could have been in any of the Arkham games. I say mission because this is a very, very short game. I was actually surprised at how short the game was. You can get through this in a few hours and that seems to be what has made most people mad. In some ways, this feels like a more elaborate tech demo where they were testing the water for a full game. I get that, but the fact that Batman: Arkham VR on Oculus Rift is a game that costs close to 20 bucks is a bit steep.
The gameplay is rather interesting. You see while in the other Arkham games, combat is a major focus. In this game here, you are not going to be doing any of that. This is a game that is all about using Batman’s detective skills and it actually works quite well. You will go to different areas and deal with different characters such as Penguin, Joker and Killer Croc. Batman’s quest to track down his friends is pretty interesting and something I did find myself invested in. The ending on the other hand I felt was kind of lame and did cheapen the whole experience for me.
You will need to recreate crime scenes and solve puzzles in each area. You can use some Bat Gadgets to do this such as Batarangs, a grappling hook, and the grapple gun. You do not actually have free movement to move around. Instead, you can teleport to designated areas in each section. I really wish they would have allowed you to move around more freely as the environments are very well detailed. As well as solving the different areas, there are lots of extra Riddler challenges for you to do as well. These do help pad out the gameplay and give the game a bit of replay value.
If you can get past the rather high price tag for how short the game is. I do think that Batman: Arkham VR for the Oculus Rift is a fun game. It does a good job in showcasing the detective side of Batman and it serves a good companion piece to the other Arkham games. It looks and controls great on the Oculus Rift and I think that if you are a Batman fan you will get a lot out of it.
The locations all look great
Features some great characters from the Arkham games
Excellent voice acting
Riddler challenges add replay value to the game
The story is quite good
The game is very, very short
The ending is kind of lame