This is a pre-release review of the game which hits steam (link bellow) on 26th July
We all love VR but lets face it the games are all very similar, you have cockpit shooters, you have wave based shooters, or you have your adventure down dark corridors. That is not to say that such experiences are not good, some of my favorite games fit into those categories, but it is nice to play something different. Doctor Kvorak’s Obliteration Game (man that is a long title) is a 3d platform / puzzle game in first person but controlling a character in third person….yeah i tried wording that a few ways and could not really find the right words lol. Basically you are controlling a small alien around an arena while in a view i often refer to as “god eye” think populus, black and white or even command and conquer and you will know what i mean. The game itself is really good, and the interaction you see with Doctor Kvorak (and a rhyming chicken) made me smile a lot, the devs have put some good character into the Doctor (well good may not be the right word …he did want to use an entire planet of cheese people to make toasted cheese sandwiches)
ROOMSCALE / ENVIRONMENT / GRAPHICS
The presentation of the arenas are done very well, you can see around it pretty easy and at no point did i feel like things were too hidden up.
You have complete movement around the map so those with more forward thinking ability than I can plot out what is needed to do between each checkpoint in advance, talking of checkpoints, they are VERY well placed and at no time did i feel like i had lost too much progress on death (Doctor Kvorak will not let your little guy stay dead for long anyway 🙂 )
The puzzles themselves are well done and can be bypassed via interactive mode should you get stuck (i actually held back a bouncing electrical ball of death to let the little guy i was controlling get based unscathed, but the developer has also said you could theoretically cheat ( errr i mean creatively bend the rules) and lift the little fella over the barriers 🙂 so you should never get truly stuck! (If you believe that temptation would be too great you can play it non interactively)
Movement for you is handled in two ways, the primary movement is to teleport, but you can also grab the world and move it around you, the latter takes a bit of getting used to and personally i only used it to realign my view with how i wanted and mainly teleported.
Movement for your little vr friend (you are gonna want to pet him, trust me on this) is done cursor style, you point your laser where you want him to go, and you can make him jump and press buttons all with the controller.
The actual graphics are perfect for the game and the detail on the little guy is very cool (a little too detailed if you switch his skin for fur…oh did i not mention? You can unlock new skins and accessories for him as you progress 🙂 )
To add to the arena atmosphere when the host (captor?) Doctor Kvorak appears he also appears on a big screen complete with subtitles as does Eggloot the bird.
Make sure to turn some of the settings down, and avoid using the fur unless you have a REALLY good pc, however it should be noted that i was playing an unreleased version (which was also being recorded in HD) and as such the performance will improve, it also, when configured, had less problems than some of the longer released games i played, at no point did i really feel the performance issues were affecting the game too much to play.
Well it is a puzzle game so in that sense you will have to do some thinking but the main controls are intuitive (though i confess i had no idea how to pick up the little fella until the devs told me, that is something that is easily fixed with a tutorial image though)
- Excellent character development/personality.
- Lovable creature to help through the levels.
- Well made arenas.
- Unique game for VR.
- Shows how well “God view” works in VR, hope to see more games utilising this view.
- There is a rhyming chicken…ok so this is really part of the first pro, but i really liked how it was done.
- Developers that care about the game and want it to entertain players (this is not a shovelware title, i really get the feeling the devs are not in it for the money)
- Performance on high detail (or fur) is not the greatest *again note though this is from an unreleased build.
This is actually a placeholder video as i wanted to get the review ready for the game’s release date expect a better video (or at least a less rushed one) in the next couple of weeks.
If you are looking to take a break from the usual type of VR games, or a fan of puzzle games then this is an instant purchase. This may be a development team to keep an eye out for too, there are a few Indie devs who are really committed to making good games and these guys certainly fall into that category.
Find it on Steam : http://store.steampowered.com/app/456740/Doctor_Kvoraks_Obliteration_Game/