When it comes to games on the Oculus Rift and VR, in general, few are as hotly debated as OrbusVR: Reborn. There appears to be no one who says “it’s ok”! This is a game that people tend to either really love or just cannot get into at all. The idea of having a VR MMO game is certainly an interesting one and this game here does have some very cool ideas that is for sure.
The first “positive” that we have to say about this game is that while the 20 – 30 bucks asking price is a tad high. To be fair this is a game that offers you cross-buy. For example, if you have a Rift, but then decide you want the wireless Oculus Quest you do not have to rebuy the game. Also, it does support cross platform play which is great. I also found no difference between this version here and the one on the Quest. So, to be fair to the folks behind the game, they are trying to be as consumer-friendly as possible.
The presentation of the game is something that on the one hand I really do like. I love a game that goes for a cell-shaded art style. OrbusVR: Reborn for the Oculus Quest in this regard looks great. I always feel that an art style like this ages very well. The different locations look good and I love some of the monster designs that the game has as well. However, what takes me out of this is the character you create and play as. They look horrible! They look like a very low-quality version of a Mii that you would have created on the Nintendo Wii back in 2007!
Once you have created Mii looking character. You can really see what the game has to offer. It offers you, different classes, as you would expect from an MMO and there is a class for gamers of all types. On the Oculus Quest, I went for a more melee-based class. This time around I played as a spellcaster and found casting spells to be a lot of fun. It also meant that I did not have to get as close to the monsters to defeat them. The game has a good “immersion” to it. Little things like having to actually put stuff in potions and mix them all help to make you feel like you are in this world.
You have a ton of quests at your disposal in OrbusVR: Reborn. It is one of those games where you can start a quest and then easily get distracted by a side mission and then another side mission! This is not a bad thing; it just means that there is a ton of stuff to do. Speaking of which, teaming up with other players to quest together or do raids is a lot of fun and I managed to play with some very nice folks. Actually, the community as a whole in my experience with this game (now on two platforms) has been very positive.
I really do think that OrbusVR: Reborn for the Oculus Rift could be something very special. The game just needs a bit more to it and I think that it would be a really addictive game and a great showcase for how to do a VR MMO. The asking price is certainly high, but there is a lot to do here. I just wish that they did more work on the character designs as they can really take you out of the game.
The game has lots of quests and missions to do
I love the cell-shaded look of the levels and monsters
Raiding with other people is a lot of fun
I had no trouble finding people to play with
The game does support cross-buy which is great value for money
It is impossible to create a good-looking character
The overall story is rather lacking