PlayStation VR Game Reviews – Sprint Vector

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If you want a game that is a fun game, but also a hell of a workout, Sprint Vector for PlayStation VR is the game for you. What seems at first like a futuristic racing kind of game will make you build up a bigger sweat than playing Just Dance at the same time as Wii Fit!

The idea of Sprint Vector is that it is a futuristic game show. In this game show, people and aliens will race against each other on dangerous courses. If you win, you will be treated as a hero and doused in glory. If you lose…. You die! The premise in that way is kind of similar to the movie the Running Man if you ask me. Anyway, the idea is pretty neat and I love the overall presentation of the story that the game is telling.

There is a nice selection of characters in this game and they all have a ton of personality. You do not want to like them too much as you need to race these guys. The way that Sprint Vector works is that you pump your arms (while holding the Move Controllers) up and down to move fast in the game. You do not just have to go super-fast, but time your movements too. You can do these power slides, jump, run up walls and even use powerups. Let me tell you the trailers do not do justice to how complex a game this is.

Sprint Vector is the kind of game that is not easy to master, but it is so much fun when you do. Running at full speed and pulling off a power slide then running up a wall at full stride makes you feel awesome. However, you mistime it and you slam into the wall! The enemy AI is quite fair in that while it poses a challenge for you, they will pull it in a little if the game feels like you are having a hard time. There is a ton of tracks to race on and it has the usual championship mode that you would expect in a racing-style game.

It does also have other game modes for you to enjoy as well. There are these challenge maps which made me feel like I was playing Mirrors Edge and I mean that in a very complimentary way by the way. There is also an online multiplayer scene which is a lot of fun. I found the community here to be pretty awesome and while there was a little bit of trash-talking for the most part the folks I played with where cool and there seemed to be a real sense of helping other people get good at the game.

You may think a game that requires precise controls would be in trouble as it has to use PlayStation Move controllers. However, Sprint Vector plays very well, as long as you have the room for it! You see while the game says you can play it sitting down, the tracking I found to be horrendous. You simply cannot play this game unless you have plenty of space. Not just so the game can pick up your movements better, but also so that you do not hurt yourself. This is really the only negative I have about the game, but I am aware it is a pretty major one.

In all, I think that Sprint Vector is one of the crown jewels in the PlayStation VR crown. This is a fantastic and addictive game that is just so much fun to play. It also gives you one heck of a workout too! It is a great showcase of how to make a fast-paced and over the top kind of game and it is so good that I really would love to see a sequel made that expands on what they did here even more.

Pros:

The game looks fantastic

A great sense of speed

It gives you a great workout

Plenty of fun characters

The multiplayer scene is pretty awesome

Cons:

It takes a while to get the hang of

You cannot play if you do not have a large open space

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Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Eagle Flight

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Eagle Flight for the Oculus Rift was not exactly a game I was expecting a whole lot from if I am being honest with you. However, I found myself actually pretty blown away by what a solid, fun and clever game this is. If you want an exciting and more “different” kind of flying game that works perfectly in VR, you will have a hard time beating this.

There is a campaign in Eagle Flight and I would say that you are probably looking at 4-5 hours to beat it. The game is rather interesting in that you play as an eagle in France. This is not the France you know from your vacation or TV. This is France, posthumans and nature has taken it back over. The presentation is awesome and seeing places like the Eifel Tower covered in vegetation is a pretty cool sight.

The campaign moves at a pretty brisk pace. You have various objectives that you need to do ranging from collecting items, fighting off other birds and exploring underground areas. I know that these do not sound like the most fun objectives in the world, but as the actual flying is so much fun and engaging it makes what in a regular game would be a rather mundane task exciting and fun. I would certainly advise jumping into the campaign first of all when you start playing Eagle Flight.

The controls are awesome. I played the game with my Xbox One controller and it felt great. You mainly use your head to dictate where you want to go and then speed and attacks are done with the controller. It is a very nice, easy to learn and fun gameplay system and one that is easy to pick up, but rather challenging to master. The more you play the more you get out of it, but on the other hand, it is easy enough to figure out the basics. I would actually suggest that more flying games should flat out copy what this game has done with its controls.

As well as the campaign you do have some other modes that you can do. One of these is a trials type of mode where you need to fly through rings. This is way more challenging than you would think and the fact it does not show you the rings more than two in advance of you can make it a tad frustrating. Still, if you love the actual flying, you will probably get a great deal out of this mode. There is also multiplayer! This is a capture the flag style game where you and a rival group of birds are fighting over a dead animal to take back to your nest. This is way more fun and competitive than I thought it would be and working as a team is really key to winning.

I know it is so easy to look at Eagle Flight on the Oculus Rift and think that this is a very barebones and basic kind of game. It is anything but that. I have had a fantastic time with this game and while it may not be the kind of game I come back to time and time again. It is certainly one of the more fun experiences I have had on my Oculus Rift recently.

Pros:

I love the idea of playing as an Eagle

Paris looks amazing

The flight controls are near perfect

Plenty of missions to do

It even has multiplayer and extra modes to do

Cons:

Flying through rings can be frustrating

Not sure it is the kind of game you would keep coming back to

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Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Virtual Virtual Reality

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It is kind of crazy to think that the Oculus Rift version of Virtual Virtual Reality is the third version of this game that I have actually played! I do not mind at all as this is one of the most charming, amusing and just generally fun VR games you can play on any device. It is the kind of game that is perfect to show to someone who is unsure if VR is the real deal or a fad.

One of the main reasons that I really love Virtual Virtual Reality is the idea behind the game. As I write this, I literally just shouted at Alexa to play the Backstreet Boys (yeah, I like the Backstreet Boys, so sue me!) you see that is kind of the point of the game. Not to listen to the Backstreet Boys, but in that, we have all this technology in our homes that is super smart and makes our lives easier. However, what if this technology got smart enough to wonder why it is taking questions and orders from us, dumb humans?

Well, that is the idea behind this game and it does it in a very tongue in cheek kind of way. It is the kind of humor that may not make you legit LOL. However, it is the kind of humor that will ensure you have a smile on your face the whole time you play the game. You see this new AI overlord has decided that it is time for mankind to do all these little chores that it no longer wants to do. There are over 50 “jobs” that you will be tasked with doing and there is a ton of variety to what these jobs will require of you. Whales, phone boxes, weird alien worlds, greenhouses, and many more locations are the kind of places you will be tasked with working in.

The game is very, very clever and the tasks that it requires of you are never all that difficult, but being able to interact with the world how you see fit does leave a lot of what you do up to your interpretation. In this regard, I feel that Virtual Virtual Reality is kind of similar to what games such as Job Simulator ask of the player. Moving around each area, figuring out what you have to do, then how to do it and even just screwing around are all things that will shock you in how much time you spend doing them. This is one of those games where an intended 15-minute gaming session can turn into a couple of hours easily.

As far as Virtual Virtual Reality on the Oculus Rift goes, I feel that this is just as good as the Quest and Go. In all honesty, the graphics are not all that sharper, despite the extra horsepower, but they really do not need to be. You see this is a game that has a rather basic (basic, but it fits with the tone perfectly) art style so in actual fact I feel that this is a game any VR device could probably run.

I have to say that Virtual Virtual Reality is the kind of game I will simply never get bored of. There are a ton of different scenarios for you to play with and the puzzles are quite clever. Add to this a great premise and a very cheeky and dry sense of humor and you have a truly wonderful game that would be perfect in every Oculus Rift collection.

Pros:

Tons of VR worlds to play in

So much variety!

The game is very amusing

The premise is something I thought was very clever

Quick and easy to get into

Cons:

It is not exactly a cheap game

A few more tasks would have been nice

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