Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Asgard’s Wrath

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I have played a ton of VR games, but few have blown me away in the same way that Asgard’s Wrath for the Oculus Rift has. This is an action RPG game that was built with VR in mind from the very start. This is something that I think really does make the game stand out. It is not a game that had VR tacked onto it, it was a game that was made to take advantage of all the good that VR offers.

The game has a great story that is heavily influenced by Norse mythology. You play the role of the God of Animals and Loki is “working” with you to help you get the best out of your powers. You need to go out and find a group of mortal men and women and “possess” them in order to get through the game. This is really cool and the mortals that you possess each have their own feel, look, story and playstyle which is just awesome and makes the game feel very varied.

You possess these people, but you can then hear their thoughts and feelings which really helps flesh out the story. This is done very well and something I was actually surprised by. While this means you play the game mainly from a first person point of view, you can also on occasion zoom out of your body for a top down point of view where you can then find cool and hidden stuff as well as get a better idea at how to solve some of the puzzles that the game is throwing your way.

You do also get to play as The God of Animals and this is cool in that you can get help via animals. This is probably my favorite aspect of the game and it is done very well. A shark, for example, can do a lot of damage, a turtle can use its shell as a form of defense and an owl can use magic in a strange, but awesome way. I am really amazed at just how much variety there is to the gameplay in Asgard’s Wrath. The game will probably take you in the 20 to 30 hour range to get through, but it just zooms past as it is so much fun. The opening and end of the game have you as your “god self”, but the remaining four chapters are where you will be in control of a mortal.

The combat in the game is very satisfying. It is not just a hack and slash kind of game; you will need to parry and then attack. So, I liked how there was some thought to each encounter. In the early part of the game, enemies just have health, but they eventually will have another kind of energy bar to worry about too. Thankfully the game gives you skills and upgrades as you play which makes dealing with more troublesome enemies not only fun but more manageable as well.

Asgard’s Wrath for the Oculus Rift is a truly amazing game. It is not just one of the best VR games I have played over the last year or so, but best games in general. This is a fantastic game and one that I really cannot speak highly enough of. It looks truly amazing, sounds great, has an awesome story and the gameplay is a ton of fun. This is a game that every Oculus Rift owner needs in their collection.

Pros:

Plenty of characters to play as

Using animal abilities to help you out

The combat is very satisfying

The game looks like a million bucks

The progression is great

Cons:

It is so good it leaves you wanting more!

Will the lesser Oculus systems be able to handle this?

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Oculus Go Game Reviews – Hidden Fortune

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Hidden Fortune is a free to play (actually free to start) game for the Oculus Go. It is a fun VR experience and one that mixes in a few different genres of games such as hidden object, puzzle, and adventure. Even if you decide not to purchase chapter 2 which is available now. It is still worth checking out the first chapter as it is 100 percent free!  

The Story

Ok, so the story that is running through Hidden Fortune did not exactly grab me, but there is enough meat on the bone here at least to be giving you a reason to be doing what you are doing. The idea of the game is that you are a wizard and you are lending a helping hand to a group of folks who have lost some of their possessions.

Now to be fair, chapter 2 of Hidden Fortune may very well get more in-depth with the story, but that is all that is basically here for chapter 1. To be fair it is not bad at all and there is a certain charm to it, I mean being a wizard helping people find stuff is a novel idea in my book!

The Gameplay

I really like how the game has a tutorial which pretty much takes you by the hand and eases you into the game’s mechanics. In all honesty, this is not a super complicated game to figure out. You are a wizard and you can use your magic to fire off these orbs. Firing orbs is pretty much your go-to for everything that the game asks of you. Do you want to grab that item? Fire an orb at it. Want to teleport over the other side of the room? Fire an orb over there.

The gameplay is fun and it all works great with the Oculus Go controllers as you do feel like a wizard casting spells. You will have to find a series of hidden objects and when you do this you get some gold and this is how you can level up. You also will be required to do some puzzle-solving as well. The gameplay is fun, but parts of the game are not accessible until you are of a high enough level. I get what they were going for here, but to level up you have to do the same parts of the game over and over again which can get annoying.

The Presentation

I was very impressed with the way Hidden Fortune looks. For a game that is free to play (well at the start) the game has a very high level of polish to it and it is impossible not to be impressed by what they have done here. Most of the game takes place in a cave, but it looks fantastic. Every aspect of the game has a very nice kind of “shine” to it which makes it a pleasure to play.

The soundtrack is not exactly what I would call rocking. However, it does fit the tone and style of the game very well. At the end of the day, you really cannot ask for any more than that when it comes to a game’s soundtrack.

Final Thoughts

I played through the whole of Hidden Fortune and I must admit it has made me curious about paying for the next chapter. While it may repeat itself a great deal, the fact of the matter is the gameplay is actually a lot of fun and playing as a wizard in a cave helping people is kind of cool. At the end of the day, this is a free to play game so you really have nothing to lose by checking it out and giving it a chance.

Please note that the images used are from chapter 2 of the game.

8/10

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Oculus Go Game Reviews – The Well VR

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I will start by saying that The Well VR for the Oculus Go is one of the best VR RPGs around. Not just for the Oculus Go, but in general! This is a truly fantastic game and one that is actually brought to us by the amazing team at Turtle Rock Studios who you may know from games such as Left 4 Dead. This is a remarkable game and one that is a must-own if you have an Oculus Go.

The Story

For an RPG is not the deepest I have ever come across, but it works for The Well. The game is set in the fantasy world of Tholl which is pretty cool and has a kind of 80s fantasy vibe thing going on. There are peaceful villagers and more barbaric tribes in this world, but people keep to themselves and the land is very peaceful. That is until this force full of anger and hellfire shows up called The Tesh.

The Tesh wants nothing, but chaos and it is up to you playing as an adventurer to put a stop to The Tesh and make sure that the land is balanced and peaceful once again. You are looking at around the 10-hour mark to beat the game which I know is not long for an RPG, but being this is a VRY game I do think that this is a good length and you do have reason to go back and play through it again.

The Gameplay

The reason you will want to play through the game multiple times is due to the games class system. You can play as a Warrior, Rogue, Druid or Mage and each one has their own abilities, skills, upgrades and weaknesses that make each one a unique gameplay experience. You will need to go and explore the land and find quests to complete there is a nice amount of quests and I liked how they would often branch out and have you caught up in something else that was going on.

The combat is a lot of fun and each class has a different way of attacking. The standard Go controllers work great and I found The Well VR to be a real joy to play. Not only that, despite the game being rather dynamic, I never once found myself getting motion sick. As this is an RPG, you have to do many standard RPG things. Ranging from collecting gold and loot, leveling up and of course exploring dungeons. I know that on paper it does not sound like the most in-depth RPG in the world, but it is certainly the best VR one I have played so far… well original one, not counting Skyrim of course!

The Presentation

I am very impressed with how sharp The Well VR looks on the Oculus Go. We all know that the Oculus Go is not the most powerful device out there, but Turtle Rock Studios have done an incredible job. Everything has a really smooth look to it and there are some really cool lighting and special effects on some of the characters and enemies you come across that really do make you feel like you are actually inside this world.

I really like the character designs and some of them really do look pretty spectacular. My only real gripe as far as the visuals go is that the enemy types are not as varied as I would have liked. It can sometimes feel like you see the same enemies time and time again. I feel that just three or four more enemy types would have greatly helped this.

Final Thoughts

While it may not be as in-depth or as jam-packed with content as an RPG on the PlayStation 4 or PC. The Well VR for the Oculus Go is a fantastic step in the right direction for the world of VR RPGs. It really does make me excited to think what the people at Turtle Rock Studios could do with this game engine in the future. Without a doubt this is a game that you Oculus Go owners have to play

9/10

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