Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Witchblood

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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

Oculus Go Game Reviews – Witchblood

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When a friend of mine told me that there was a game on the Oculus Go that was a kind of Metroidvania style game I was all in. I love Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and finding out that there is a game done in a similar style in VR was something I wanted in on.

The story of the game is centered around a woman called, Clara Pathemore. She finds out that she has these special powers, but the people in her town do not take too kindly to this chase her out and take it over. Now she needs to understand her powers and get the strength to defeat these “hunters” that have taken over her town.

In all honesty, the story is not the games strongest point, but it does a good enough job in giving you the motivation to go from point a to point b and I did find myself actually caring about Clara and what happened to her.

This is quite a large world for you to explore and explore you must. There are lots of hidden items and secrets for you to find. These are things that will give you extra powers like a new magical ability or the ability to double jump. Exploration is greatly encouraged and it is a lot of fun too.

Want to know what else is fun? The combat, I was pleasantly surprised with how much fun it was to put a beating on these guys. You have different magic abilities that you can use and in certain situations, you will have to use certain kinds of magic to get through. There are tons of rooms for you to explore and a whole host of upgrades for you to work towards so there is a lot of content here.

I love the dark and moody art style that they have gone for. It reminds me of a cross between Castlevania and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and that is a cool thing indeed. There is not exactly a ton of variety when it comes to the environments, but the levels that are here do look nice.

You will need to use a gamepad to play this. I have heard that some people have tried to play Witchblood with the Go controller and it is an absolute nightmare so I would not even attempt it. I would imagine doing things like jumping and even switching magic would be rather frustrating to do without a gamepad so please keep that in mind if you are interested in this game.

Witchblood is a game that I had a lot of fun with. It is nice to see a developer take a more traditional style of game and bring it to the world of VR. The action is great, the story not bad and there is a ton to see and do. It is one of the better side scrolling style games that I have played with my Oculus Go and it is well worth checking out. I think if you do like games like Castlevania, you will have a great time with this.


It feels like Symphony of the Night

Lots of magic to learn

100 plus rooms to explore

The combat is very solid

A very nice challenge


You will need a gamepad

Some of the platforming can be frustrating