Review: FATED: The Silent Oath (VR)

This virtual reality exclusive takes place during the age of the Vikings and deals mostly with a bit of their mythology. The game starts off with the player character dead and being offered a second chance at life as long as they take an oath of silence, hence the title. From there you’ll have around two hours of slowly pacing around listening to dialogue from other characters that spin a very shallow story.

The developers describe the game as a “narrative experience that focuses on emotion over gameplay” and call the game “movie-length.” At least the developers aren’t directly liars, as the game took around two hours to finish, and there certainly is little in the way of gameplay. The majority of your time will be spent walking or standing still and looking at characters as they deliver their dialogue directly at you or other characters. The only thing that otherwise qualifies as gameplay is a short segment where you’re tasked with shooting a few deer with a bow early in the game, something that you’d think would be foreshadowing using the bow again in the future—but you’d be wrong.

Read the full review at CGM.

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Review: Time Machine VR (VR)

Growing up I always wanted to be a paleontologist because I was obsessed with dinosaurs. Instead, here I am a lowly game critic, but every cloud has its silver lining, mine being that I get to review all the video games with dinosaurs in them—like this one. If only this game were good.

Time Machine VR has you traveling back to the times when dinosaurs were still alive and researching their behaviors in hopes of finding a cure for an ancient virus unleashed from the melting ice caps. The story is told through full-motion video sequences and voiceovers from your AI guide. Flat FMVs inside of a VR game is just an odd choice considering video can now be recorded specifically for VR, but I suppose it makes sense if in the future we are still using flat screens. Regardless, the story isn’t all that interesting nor all that important.

Read the full review at Game Revolution.

Review: HTC Vive (Hardware)

If you’re thinking about picking up a virtual reality headset and aren’t sure if you should get the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive, get the Vive. The Vive has so many advantages over its competitor the Oculus Rift that it already feels like a generation ahead.

While the Rift currently offers only sitting and basic standing experiences, the Vive has room-scale VR and it is a game changer. What this means is that you can walk freely around a predetermined space in your room as long as the lengthy cable on the headset can reach. The headset and (included) custom controllers are tracked in real-time with extreme precision. You also don’t have to worry about walking into a wall, as the Chaperone feature will cause a wireframe outline of your space pop-up in front of you when you near the edge.

Read my full review at CGMagonline.

Review: The Gallery – Episode 1: The Call of Starseed (HTC Vive)

Due to the short development time developers have had with the Vive and Steam’s seemingly non-existent quality control, most things available for the Vive are cynical Unity store asset flips or simple basic experiences.

Currently, there are around 200 different pieces of software on Steam for the HTC Vive — and of the ones I’ve played, I can honestly say that The Gallery is my favorite, and the only game built with motion controlled virtual reality in mind that resembles a traditional experience.

Read my full review at Destructoid.

Raw Data made me feel like Will Smith in I, Robot

Robots are sentient and coming at you and your co-op partner from every direction. You must work together to kill them all with a plethora of guns and a badass sword that can reflect projectiles. No, it isn’t I, Robot 2: Bad Boys, it’s Raw Data, a VR-exclusive first person shooter.

Before arriving at PAX East, I asked around the internet to see what VR games I needed to check out at the show and Raw Data came highly suggested. But does it live up to the hype?

Check out my full preview of my first ever HTC Vive game.