Oculus Rift Game Reviews – OrbusVR: Reborn

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When it comes to games on the Oculus Rift and VR, in general, few are as hotly debated as OrbusVR: Reborn. There appears to be no one who says “it’s ok”! This is a game that people tend to either really love or just cannot get into at all. The idea of having a VR MMO game is certainly an interesting one and this game here does have some very cool ideas that is for sure.

The first “positive” that we have to say about this game is that while the 20 – 30 bucks asking price is a tad high. To be fair this is a game that offers you cross-buy. For example, if you have a Rift, but then decide you want the wireless Oculus Quest you do not have to rebuy the game. Also, it does support cross platform play which is great. I also found no difference between this version here and the one on the Quest. So, to be fair to the folks behind the game, they are trying to be as consumer-friendly as possible.

The presentation of the game is something that on the one hand I really do like. I love a game that goes for a cell-shaded art style. OrbusVR: Reborn for the Oculus Quest in this regard looks great. I always feel that an art style like this ages very well. The different locations look good and I love some of the monster designs that the game has as well. However, what takes me out of this is the character you create and play as. They look horrible! They look like a very low-quality version of a Mii that you would have created on the Nintendo Wii back in 2007!

Once you have created Mii looking character. You can really see what the game has to offer. It offers you, different classes, as you would expect from an MMO and there is a class for gamers of all types. On the Oculus Quest, I went for a more melee-based class. This time around I played as a spellcaster and found casting spells to be a lot of fun. It also meant that I did not have to get as close to the monsters to defeat them. The game has a good “immersion” to it. Little things like having to actually put stuff in potions and mix them all help to make you feel like you are in this world.

You have a ton of quests at your disposal in OrbusVR: Reborn. It is one of those games where you can start a quest and then easily get distracted by a side mission and then another side mission! This is not a bad thing; it just means that there is a ton of stuff to do. Speaking of which, teaming up with other players to quest together or do raids is a lot of fun and I managed to play with some very nice folks. Actually, the community as a whole in my experience with this game (now on two platforms) has been very positive.

I really do think that OrbusVR: Reborn for the Oculus Rift could be something very special. The game just needs a bit more to it and I think that it would be a really addictive game and a great showcase for how to do a VR MMO. The asking price is certainly high, but there is a lot to do here. I just wish that they did more work on the character designs as they can really take you out of the game.

Pros:

The game has lots of quests and missions to do

I love the cell-shaded look of the levels and monsters

Raiding with other people is a lot of fun

I had no trouble finding people to play with

The game does support cross-buy which is great value for money

Cons:

It is impossible to create a good-looking character

The overall story is rather lacking

Oculus Quest Game Reviews – OrbusVR: Reborn

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I have to start this by saying that OrbusVR: Reborn on the Oculus Quest is the kind of game you will either love or hate. I really do not think there is any kind of middle ground with this game and when you look at what others are saying online that certainly appears to be the case. However, if an MMO is what you want to play on your Oculus Quest then this as of right now is your only option.

One thing that is really cool about OrbusVR: Reborn on the Oculus Quest is that if you have purchased this on another device, the game does support cross-buy so that is cool. As well as that, OrbusVR: Reborn is also a game that supports cross-play so that as well is good. I like how they are looking out for the consumer/player in that regard. With this in mind though I do feel that is what dictated the visuals of the game.

OrbusVR: Reborn on the Oculus Quest has a cell shaded kind of look to it. It is easy on the eyes and a style that I really do like. I enjoy the way that the environments look and the monsters that you come across look pretty cool too. They used this kind of style as it works across all of the Oculus platforms so everyone is going to get the same experience. My only gripe with the visuals is the characters themselves. They look like some kind of knock-off Mii from the Nintendo Wii!

You have a very decent selection of classes to play as. I went for a more melee-based class as I like that kind of combat, but there are ranged and spellcasters too that you can use if that is more your thing. One thing I will say is that the combat is very satisfying I found myself throwing hands like a madman trying to take down enemies and it was a tiring experience let me tell you that. When I was picking up loot after a battle, I more often than not really felt like I earned it!

The world is very large and there are a ton of quests for you to do. I swear I start one quest and end up down a rabbit hole three quests deep! That is not meant as a bad thing, it is all part of the MMO experience. Speaking of which you can team up with other players to do things like raids and dungeons so there is a lot to keep you busy here. I found playing with other people to be a mixed bag, but to be fair that is really the case with 99/100 MMO games I have played over the years. Word of advice, people do not want to hear you crunching Pringles when you are doing a raid with them.

The overall gameplay feels great, actually having to drop in items and mix them to make a potion is great. Actually, the overall crafting is very well done and something I usually am not into in a game like this, but here I did not mind. While I am playing as more of a brawler, I am actually thinking of starting a new game where I play as a more ranged kind of character as that does seem like a kind of easier way to get through the game. As long as my aim does not suck of course.

I do think that OrbusVR: Reborn on the Oculus Quest is a great start and I am very interested to see what they add. I feel that with just a bit more polish they really have something on their hands here. The price at around 20-30 bucks is on the high side, but you are getting a lot of game for your money with OrbusVR: Reborn. I just hope that in the next update they make the playable character designs more appealing and fitting with the game world.

Pros:

There are tons and I mean tons of quests to do

The environments look very appealing

You can do raids and loot dungeons with other players

Cross-buy!

It has cross-play so finding people to play with is easy

Cons:

The created character designs flat out suck!

It just needs a bit more story and overall polish to make it a true must buy