The arena fighting game we have always wanted but never knew it!
So ever since I brought Gorn on a passionate recommendation from a colleague of mine I have been somewhat addicted. While Streaming it is not uncommon for phrases like, “I just pulled his leg off and beat him to death with it” to be yelled. This has meant my neighbours now cross the street when they see me and avoid eye contact. It is worth remembering what the term “Gorn” means, it is an amalgamation of Gore and porn, blood for the sake of blood, violence for violence sake. Despite the cartoon like graphics this is NOT a game for kids Given its VR and you are actually pulling off people’s heads and bashing out brains with rocks, I really should not have to state that. But we live in an age where parents think “hey it’s a game, must be kid friendly”. No do not let little Timmy play this, look at the image below.
Ok so you are an adult, you know the difference between reality and games? Good look, you can read the rest of the review. I want you to read the rest of the review. It took time to write, but you know what? Just go buy the Gorn, you will love it!
I have always loved arena games from Shadow of Rome to the tiny arena mini game in PS3’s Move Sports. When I first stepped into VR my initial thought was “This needs an arena game!”. Although there has been attempts at it this is the first one I have found hard to put down.
How hard to put down? Well in a live stream the other day, I caught my knuckle on a table. Blood everywhere (remember to clear your VR area folks). A few hours latter despite not having full use of that finger, I was back streaming for another 2 hour session.
At the end of every game of Gorn am drenched in sweat and my “day” job means I am an active person no couch potato here. So Gorn also doubles as a fitness game.
The arena is a fair size and you have to love the giant heads watching you. Gorn`s actual art style is leaning towards cartoony, Teamfortress 2 like (again not for kids) with some really well done gore effects. The gore effects are deeply impressive.
The weapons have some bizarre qualities, almost rubbery at times, until you use them. Which, adds to the game, it is amusing to hold a spear one handed and seeing it flop limp like a flaccid, well you can see where that analogy is going. Remember Gorn is not for kids and neither is this review. While some would argue that they may wish to see new arenas, personally I feel the one we have is perfect for this game.
I have had moments where the physics have wigged out and things have flown strangely or stretched out. Mostly this is a cause of amusement but, on rare occasions it has caused the frame rate or game to freeze for a few seconds. This can result in your ingame death, but Gorn recovers beautifully from it within a few seconds.
In terms of intuitiveness, you beat them to death before they beat you to death. I mean it is fairly intuitive.
The one downside is that whenever you load it your movement is defaulted to arm swing motion. Arm swing motion is a god awful movement system where you hold the touch pad and swing your arm to move. You have to make your way to the options board to set it to the better touchpad locomotion. The developer clearly loves arm swing motion, and it did take a lot of persuading for us to get an option added. This would have been a very different review if that had remained the only option.
This is one of those games where video does not do it justice, that said here is a tiny clip (you can find full videos of it on my twitch channel, should you wis)
Own VR? Over 18? Buy Gorn. Here is hugely fun game made by a developer that listens to his play base and constantly improves the game.