As far as Metroidvania style games go on the Oculus Rift I would have to say that Witchblood is one of the very best. I love games in this style and having already played this game on the Oculus Go I was very interested to see if the extra power of the Rift would make much of a difference to all of the exploring and butt-kicking, I would be doing.
The main character in the game is Clara Pathemore and I thought she was really cool. She has these special abilities, but as she lives in a very “small-minded” kind of place. They all decide to hunt her down, kick her out and take over the town. These people are referred to as Hunters! She needs to work on her powers, figure out who she is and get rid of these hunters from her town.
I must admit that Witchblood for the Oculus Rift does not have the strongest story. However, it does more than enough in moving things along and giving you a reason to be doing what you are doing. I do actually think that Clara is a pretty cool character and I would love to see her fleshed out more if they ever were to make a sequel.
What makes this one of the most fun games I have played in quite some time is the gameplay. This is quite a large world for you to explore and the game does play very similar to CastleVania Symphony of the Night and to me, that is a very good thing. You have to do a lot of exploring and the game does have a lot of areas for you to explore and secrets for you to uncover.
Clara has different special powers that she can use. You unlock these as you play and these range from being able to perform a double jump to learning new magical abilities. The magical abilities are a lot of fun and there are some sections of the game where you will have to use your magic in order to get past a certain enemy or area. The whole game is just a lot of fun to play and you will find yourself pretty hooked.
The visuals of Witchblood on the Oculus Rift are very nice. I do think they are sharper and generally more polished than the Go version of the game, but most folks will be hard-pressed to really notice a difference. I love the way it is so dark and gloomy; it really does fit the story and the setting of the game incredibly well. The controls are great, I played through this with an Xbox One controller and had no issues what so ever. It was easy to learn the moves and the controls were nice and responsive.
I really do think that this is one of the best Metroidvania style games on the Rift. You could argue that this does not need to be a VR game. However, if you want a more “traditional” kind of game for your Rift, you cannot go wrong with this. Witchblood on the Oculus Rift has a lot of action, exploration, and excitement and it is just a fun time from beginning to end.
Probably the best Metroidvania style game for the Rift
You can get cool new magical abilities
Combat is solid and a lot of fun
The game has some great visuals and music
There are over 100 rooms that you can explore
Not sure this needed to be a VR game
Not that much better looking than the Go version