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Remembering Pearl Harbor (Steam VR)

Remembering Pearl Harbor (Steam VR)

Remembering Pearl Harbor (Steam VR)

System: Valve Index & HTC Vive
Price at Time Of Review: £1.50
Comfort Rating: Green
Genre: Interactive Experience
Input: Tracked Motion Controllers
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi-Player: No
Age Rating: 15+
VR Shop Score 1/100: 75

Description: Told in three acts, the story is told through the point of view of Lt. James Downing, who at 103 is the second-oldest living American veteran to have witnessed that day. As postmaster of the USS West Virginia, Downing gave himself the task of writing letters to the families of men who died or were injured during the attack; those letters form an arc that the user follows through Downing’s experience of Dec. 7, 1941. In an American home of 1941, we hear from Downing about how the coming of war-affected everyone in the U.S.; at Pearl Harbor after the attack, we see the breadth of the destruction; and in the present day, we learn how the experience has stayed with him for 75 years. Throughout the experience, users interact with realistic virtual versions of artefacts from the time, along with iconic photography and archival video, providing a unique and personal view of one of American history’s defining moments.

Review: Remembering Pearl Harbor isn’t going to win any gameplay awards, nor is it going to hold your attention for very long. But it might make you think a little bit about what when on that day in 1941. You get a few different scenes to look at, but mostly this is a ‘sit back and take it all in’ style of experience. I have to say some of it looks amazing and using a real survivors voice gives it a much-needed air of realism. It’s not the best way recreation experience I have seen, but I feel it is worth the asking price, especially if you have an interest in the events at that time.

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