Lone Echo for the Oculus Rift is a game that showcases the true power of the Oculus Rift! Simply put there is no way the Go, Quest or perhaps even the PSVR could play this game like a high-end PC and the Oculus Rift could. If you want a high-end gaming experience that is the true showcase of what VR can be, you will really struggle to find a game that is better than Lone Echo.
I have not played many VR games that manage to offer both a blockbuster movie type story and a thrilling gameplay experience. This though is a game that does that and the story while it does have a beginning, middle, and end. You can make some choices here and there. In all honesty, I feel that the story in the game is a much more focused and impactful; kind of story thanks to the more linear nature of the narrative.
You play as a super advanced AI robot called Jack. You are on board a high-tech spaceship that is in orbit around a mining station on the planet of Saturn. Your commander is called Olivia Rhodes and despite her being a human and you being a robot, you really do care for her and the two of them are a great partnership. It kind of reminds me of games like The Last of Us and Bioshock Infinite in the way you have two characters who really drive the story forward. The story has plenty of twists and turns as you try to discover and solve a “mystery” that has happened.
The story really is great, but the whole game looks like a 200-million-dollar sci-fi epic made by JJ Abrams. There is set piece after set piece and each location you go to is full of little details here and there. The game even on the more modest settings looks fantastic. I do not exactly have the most powerful gaming PC, but even on the moderate settings for certain things, Lone Echo looked great. It also sounds great thanks to some fantastic sound design.
Now let’s talk about the controls! I would go as far as to say that the controls of Lone Echo should be a blueprint for future VR games of this type! You use the controllers to have pretty much free control of your hands and there are tons of things that you can grab onto in order to pull yourself around in zero gravity. The controls could have so easily been horrible, but they absolutely nailed them! You will be moving around as they do in movies before long.
As you are a robot, you can also use thrusters to help you move around. You have a rather powerful jetpack that you can move around quickly with, which is very handy and cool to use in outer space. You also have thrusters on your wrist that allow you to move with a bit more finesse. Grabbing things and solving the puzzles or doing a task are very easy thanks to how precise everything is. The controls in the game are so good that you really have to experience them to get a feel for how perfect they are.
I really cannot praise Lone Echo for the Oculus Rift highly enough. It is a true standout game and one that is well worthy of its triple-A price tag. I know some may be put off by that price tag, but I feel this is a game that is worth being put up with games like God of War, Arkham Knight, Tomb Raider and any other major triple-A release you can think of.
A really cool sci-fi story
Jack and Olivia are two great characters
Some of the best VR controls I have experienced
The game is a true joy to play
It looks fantastic even on more modest settings
It may not run well if you have a low-end PC
It is so good; it leaves you wanting more!