Age Rating: 12+
Review System: Oculus Rift CV1
Price at Time Of Review: £17.24 ($21)
Comfort Rating: Green
Genre: Shoot ‘Em Up
Size: 2.92 GB
Controller System: Touch Controllers
Best Playing Position: Standing
Multi Player: No
SUPERHOT VR (Oculus Rift)
Intro: Lose track of what’s real. Commit yourself, body and mind. Confront the evocative, elegantly brutal world of SUPERHOT VR. Enemies pouring into the room from all sides, a dozen bullets coursing through the air…wait.
Something is different here…
SUPERHOT VR is a title reimagined and redesigned from the ground up for Oculus Rift and Touch controllers. The fruit of over three years of close cooperation between the critically acclaimed SUPERHOT Team and Oculus, SUPERHOT VR brings the intensely visceral action of SUPERHOT directly into your head and soul.
Review: When it comes to VR shoot’em ups sadly a lot of them are hard to play because, in reality, it is pretty hard to get out alive of a gun fight! That is where Superhot VR’s slow-motion mechanic comes into it. Time (the movement of bullets and characters) only moves forward as you move. So if you stand completely still nothing around you moves. but the moment you move your head or hands time returns to normal. This might sound odd, but it means even in the most manic of moments in SUPERHOT VR you can control the situation easier, you can duck, grab, attack and shoot all within a few seconds passing. This is an all out shooter game wrapped in a sleek strategy style.
At the start, you will only be throwing a few punches at enemies but pretty soon guns and machine guns to name a few will be at your disposal. In fact, anything you can grab is at your disposal! Is the gun out of bullets? Then throw the gun? Out of guns and bullets? Then throw the enemies own guns back at them! Graphically it is not the best looking, but it runs very smoothly indeed and the time = movement feature often looks amazing when in the harder scenes. This is not a game that is easy or hard to play. It is only as easy as you make it. If you are slow moving and have a good strategic mind you will do well, if you are fast, all action Jackson, this game will punish you for it faster than you can blink.
Verdict: This is a game that makes a good VR system worth owning. With the touch controllers is still feels surprisingly real despite the low polygon graphics. The slow motion gameplay is weirdly easy to get used to and I found myself pulling off all sorts of crazy kills within the first few levels. But I also finished it pretty quickly. Now some might say a few hours gameplay doesn’t offer great value for money, but I found myself playing it over and over again, not because I had to, but because I wanted to.