Raw Data wasn’t the only shooter I played in virtual reality at PAX East, nor was it the best. That title belongs to the Oculus Rift exclusive Dead and Buried, a first-person cowboy shootout simulator.
The Oculus area at the expo was divided into four separate rooms, one for each player taking part in the demo. Two teams of two players each battled to be the first to get 15 kills by blasting away at each other with the yet-to-be-released Oculus Touch controllers, all while physically dodging bullets and hiding behind objects in the environment via the Rift’s head-tracking ability.
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?
Remember that classic racing game Ivan ‘Ironman’ Stewart’s Super Off Road? You know, the game where you race tiny trucks across dirt tracks while using turbo boosts to catch some sick air over bumps in the road.
BlazeRush is like that, only with slightly better controls, online multiplayer, and Oculus Rift support. Too bad it is just plain boring.