Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Journey of the Gods

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If the name Journey of the Gods sounds familiar to you that is probably because this was actually originally released as a pretty big Oculus Quest title when the Quest first launched. One of the cool things that the guys and gals at Turtle Rock Studios did with Journey of the Gods was to make it cross-compatible, hence why we are seeing how it performs on the Oculus Rift today. Will the extra horsepower of the Oculus Rift make a difference?

Ok, so let’s start with the story. You play as a character who is sent on their way to learn various powers of the gods. This is not for your own vanity, but to save the fate of the world from destruction! It is a decent enough story and it does at the very least keep you moving forward and it does give you a clear motivation for doing the things that you are doing so in that regard I must admit that the story does work.

Journey of the Gods for Oculus Rift is actually a single-player game. It is an RPG and a pretty damn fine one at that. The game is not open world which is a bit disappointing as you move from area to area. To be fair though, the different areas in the game are a decent enough size so there is still plenty of exploration for you to do. However, if they make a sequel to this, larger areas or even if they can manage an open world is something, I feel is a must.

The game has what you would expect from an RPG. You have to solve various puzzles, defeat monsters, bosses and of course level up and upgrade your equipment as well. It may sound like a pretty straightforward kind of RPG, but it is actually a lot of fun. The fact that this game is in VR makes it stand out from more in-depth RPG’s such as Skyrim and lighter RPG’s such as The Legend of Zelda, I would put this game right in the middle of those two actually.

Now let us talk about the presentation. On the Oculus Quest, Journey of the Gods is already a great looking game. Turtle Rock Studios were very smart and went for a very polished pretty much cell-shaded kind of art style and it fits this world they have created perfectly. The thing with an art style like this is that there is not really much you can do to improve it and that is the case here. I would say that the game ran a tad better on the Oculus Rift, but this could have just been me seeing things! As far as the visuals go, it looks just like it does on the Quest, but I do not mean that in a negative way at all. If there are any differences, they must have been subtle enough that I did not notice them.

If you want a fun RPG experience for your Oculus Rift (or other Oculus device) you really cannot go wrong with Journey of the Gods here. It is a really fun adventure and while it is not doing anything groundbreaking in the world of RPG’s I still had a great time with it and it is a nice and long adventure that will keep you entertained for many hours.

Pros:

I really like the art style

Plenty of abilities you can use and upgrade

Some of the puzzles are really tricky

The combat is a great deal of fun

The controls work like a charm

Cons:

It is not as open world as I would have liked

I could not see any improvements in the visuals

Oculus Quest Game Reviews – Journey of the Gods

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Journey of the Gods is one of the biggest games of the Oculus Quest launch window. This is actually the second game that the good folks at Turtle Rock Studios produced for the new VR headset and it is by far the better of the two games. Nintendo tried to bring VR to Breath of the Wild, but it did not work that well. In all honesty, an approach similar to what Turtle Rock Studios has done with Journey of the Gods is what they should have done.

This is a single player RPG style game (well more like an RPG lite kind of game) with plenty of puzzles to solve and monsters to fight! The game is set in a world that could very well be on the brink of destruction. However, it is up to you to go and find and learn the different powers of the gods to save the day. For me, the story (while not bad) is not the greatest, but it does give you more than enough reason to go from point a to point b.

As one of the “exclusive” games for the Oculus Quest, Journey of the Gods does make good use of the wireless nature of the device. You can actually play this while sitting down, but I found standing up and actually feeling like I was in the game was the better way to play it. The Oculus Quest works very well and no matter if it is swinging your sword or reloading the crossbow it feels and works like a charm.

The game may look like it is open world, but it is more linear than you may think. Each area is a nice enough size and you can explore a bit, but you are always being moved in the right direction. You will have to fight off various creatures and also solve puzzles. As this is an RPG style game you also have upgrades. You need to collect items to do these upgrades as you would expect. However, you have to wait until you are in between levels to do your upgrades! I do wish they allowed you to do this whenever you had the resources instead of making you wait.

Getting access to the god powers is really cool. Using lighting was actually the one that I found the most useful. Also, you need to collect these purple crystals and these will build up and let you do things like slowing down the passage of time and being able to move trees and so on. These “powers” are truly awesome and I was always excited to see what the game was going to allow me to do next.

The presentation of Journey of the Gods is fantastic. It has that same, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild look to it and it really does make the whole world pop. The different enemy designs that they have gone for are very creative and in all, the presentation does a great job in getting you sucked into this world.

I think that Journey of the Gods is a really solid game. It is one of the more expensive Oculus Quest launch titles, but I also feel it is one of the best. It offers a lot of gameplay and it is a game that I had a great time with. If you want a game for your Oculus Quest that is the blend of RPG and action, you will struggle to find one better than this right now.

Pros:

Controls work perfectly

Using different abilities is a lot of fun

Some of the puzzles are very clever

Lots of fighting action!

Plenty of upgrades to try and obtain

Cons:

Having to wait until the end of a section to upgrade

The story could have been a tad better