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Age-Old Cities VR (Steam VR)

Age-Old Cities VR (Steam VR)

System: Valve Index, HTC Vive & Oculus Rift
Price at Time Of Review: Free
Comfort Rating: Green
Genre: Non-Interactive Experience,
Input: Keyboard & Mouse
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: PG
VR Shop Score 1/100: 75

Description: Created for the Arab World Institute (Paris, France) exhibition “Age-Old Cities: A virtual journey from Palmyra to Mossul”, this immersive VR experience brings six iconic monuments back to life. Put on your headset, and wander around a lifesize reproduction of Palmyra’s Temple of Baalshamin and Aleppo’s souk in Syria; Leptis Magna’s basilica in Libya; the Al-Nuri Mosque, the Nabi Yunus tunnels, and the Our Lady of the Hour Church in Mosul, Iraq. Be ready to live an incredible journey, walking through these revived ancient sites, feeling the majestic splendour of places that you will then consider as a global responsibility to preserve.

Review: Age-Old Cities VR is a mostly cinematic experience in which for just over 6 minutes you are transported to some beautifully rendered locations using photogrammetry images. The thing is all these locations have been destroyed by recent wars making them look more like bomb sites than places of historical importance. But at least the app is free so anyone can take a look. I can see that this is not going to be for everyone, but more than a few of us should find it interesting and for that reason I recommend it.

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