Oculus Go Game Reviews – Esper 2

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Let me start by stating that Esper 2 is clearly a sequel, but you can jump in and enjoy this without having experienced the first game. For those who love exploration and puzzle style games, Esper 2 for the Oculus Go is a game that you really do have to take a closer look at as it is one of the best in this genre.

The Story

Ok, so the story does follow on from the first game, but as I said do not let that make you think you cannot just jump into this. The game has you playing as an agent of this organization known as Esper. This organization is around to handle all of the people who are popping up with telekinesis abilities and you need to go and check them all out and make sure things are legit and not too crazy.

A huge part of what I love about the story of Esper 2 is the sense of humor that it has. It has a very dry and sarcastic kind of sense of humor and it is one that I really did appreciate. I would say that if you like the tone and humor that Portal had, you will really dig what Esper 2 is doing.

The Gameplay

Esper 2 is really cool in that it has a great variety of the locations you will be going to in order to complete your investigations. Usually, you will have to use telekinesis powers in order to solve some kind of puzzle. These puzzles will range in difficulty, but most of the time they will involve you moving something from point a to b or throwing something. You know the kind of stuff that you would expect in a game that has telekinesis as its main gimmick.

It works well enough with the Oculus Go controllers. It is pretty cool how they work as an extension of your hand and you do kind of feel like you have telekinesis. I like how when you do figure out a puzzle, you think you are the smartest person in the world. As much as I like the game, there are a few occasions where an item you are using can end up dropped and fall behind something and it is super, super hard to pick it back up again. This is really the only issue I have with the controls of the game.

The Presentation

Even though the Oculus Go is not the most powerful VR device in the land, Esper 2 is a pretty decent looking game. It looks far better than the first game does, but it is still lacking in the finer details, but I am actually ok with that. I say that because everything else, the areas, the stuff in each area looks good enough and it is decent enough that you are very immersed in this weird world.

The really amazing thing is the voice acting. I talked about the dry sense of humor before, but it is the voice acting that really delivers it. Nick Frost from Shaun of the Dead fame is in this game and he is awesome. Actually, the whole cast is awesome and does a wonderful job of letting you know when you are screwing up.

Final Thoughts

I have really enjoyed my time with Esper 2 on the Oculus Go. I have now played through it a couple of times and really enjoyed myself. The game plays great and has some rather fiendishly tough puzzles for you to figure out. However, it is really the story and the way that story is delivered that makes Esper 2 such a memorable experience for me.

8.5/10

Oculus Go Game Reviews – Esper 2

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I have noticed more and more sequels coming to the Oculus Go and one that I was very excited to see pop up was Esper 2. The first Esper had a great story, featured some awesome puzzles and was a lot of fun. Esper 2 looks to kick things up several notches.

If you ask me to get the best out of Esper 2, you need to have played the first game. It does hint at the things which happened before, but not so much that it would completely alienate new players. You are in a lab and you are being put through your paces as you have telekinesis powers and you need to learn how to use them.

The storyline is really cool and I love how they got the voice actor from the first Esper back for this one. The story is very dry and I love that. It has all these snarky remarks that are made to you and it is very amusing and annoying at the same time. It is honestly done very, very well and one of the highlights of the game for me. It does actually remind me of the dry humor that Portal has in many ways.

The majority of Esper 2 is going to be spent completing puzzles. What is great is that you are not just stuck in the same place as you were in the first game. You get to branch out and explore the research facility. The puzzles, as a result, are much more varied this time around. The puzzles are fun and they are much harder than they were the first time. You have to take weight into consideration, angles, speed and so many other things that some puzzles can be frustrating at first and then when you figure it out you yell out AH HA and are very proud of yourself.

One thing that I think they did really well in Esper 2 is give the presentation a bit of an overhaul. It does not look completely different from the first game. Yet they have managed to get the best out of what the Oculus Go can do and as a result, there are more little details and just more polish around. It may not sound like a big deal, but this does help make the overall game a much more immersive experience.

I loved the original Esper game, I actually loved everything about it and I can hand on heart say that Esper 2 improves on what Esper did in every single way. There is not one thing that first game did better and that is all you can ask for from a sequel. This is one of the most fun experiences I have had with my Oculus Go and it is a must play for any Go owner. I do suggest that you play the original Esper first though. Even though this one is better than the first one is still a solid game and it will make you appreciate the story and humor of Esper 2 even more.

Pros:                                                                                                                                            

The humor is dark, witty and fantastic

Features great voice actors like Nick Frost

The puzzles are very challenging

Controls are very easy to get the hang of

Plenty of different types of puzzles to figure out

Cons:

Playing the first game will make you appreciate this more

Nothing I can think of!