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As a huge fan of Job Simulator, Vacation Simulator was one of my most anticipated VR games of all time. The Oculus Rift version of the game came first and that is what I am taking a closer look at today. If you thought that the way these strange robots saw us humans at work was weird, just wait until they see what vacationing was like for us.
As the name of the game suggests, Vacation Simulator for Oculus Rift is a game that is all about getting away from the stress of the world and going on vacation. This time around our robot masters want to know why and how we vacationed and as you would expect this can be very, very amusing for us to play through. The first thing that I think Vacation Simulator improves on over Job Simulator is how there is more of a “story” this time around linking it all together. I loved Vacation Bot and Efficiency Bot!
There are three different vacation spots that the game has. These are the beach, the mountains, and the woods. Each one has its own style and objectives along with characters you can interact with. I was very impressed at how “grander” the scale is in this game over Job Simulator. For example, you are not just confined to the one spot now, you are actually encouraged to go and explore and chat with folks. This is where the objectives/mini-games come into play. These range from playing catch, getting some rays and firing up the BBQ. You will be surprised at how much there is to do.
Vacation Simulator for Oculus Rift does have a “goal” and objective for you to strive towards. This is in the form of collecting “memories” some are rather easy and others very tricky to figure out. What the game does well though is make it accessible for everyone. So a more “casual” kind of player could get through to the end by just taking on the easier objectives. Those looking for more of a challenge, however, can certainly find that here. The controls were great and just like in Job Simulator. You have a backpack that keeps all of your items and using this an interacting with the world worked great for me.
One other thing I have to mention is that the game wants you to create an avatar to play as. What I liked about this was that the game encourages you to take as many selfies as you can. I think this is a very fun way of poking fun at our obsession for taking selfies of even the most mundane of things that we do. I actually had way more fun with this aspect of the game than I thought I would!
While everything in the game is bigger and better in terms of its scale. I do feel that the visuals are pretty much the same as they were in Job Simulator. To be fair this is not a bad thing, but the game does have the same kind of look and there is not really any more polish here than there was in the previous game, but again that is not really a bad thing.
Overall, I would have to say that I feel Vacation Simulator for the Oculus Rift is a tremendous game. I would even say that it is a better overall game than Job Simulator! It offers more for you to do, there is exploration and the humor is even better this time around. Plus, you have more of a “point” and end to the game so you have something to be working towards as you play it. This really is a must-play game for you Oculus Rift owners!
It is even better than Job Simulator
I liked the narrative of the game
Plenty of variety in the three locations
It wants you to explore
You can do the tasks the way you want
I wish this could get some kind of physical release
Some of the memories are very tricky!