Back when i was still relatively young there was a game in the arcade that really called to me, it was called Operation Wolf and instead of using the standard controller you got to use an uzi that was attached to the cabinet(and if you got to the arcade as they were turning on the systems you got to play it for free for a life 🙂 shhhhhhh don’t tell the arcade owners), so when i was sent a review copy of Operation Warcade i was both excited and a little apprehensive. Revisiting childhood games of yesteryear can often reveal that you are remembering them through rose tinted glasses.
First let me be clear on this, i can not say if the game copies the level layout of Operation Wolf, the old arcade game may of sucked many an hour away from my life, made me late for a date and ate a lot of my loose change back in those years but i can not tell you the level layout lol, but the feel of the game is there, the style of the sound effects etc are perfect.
ROOMSCALE / ENVIRONMENT / GRAPHICS
When you load in you get two arcade cabinets in front of you and find yourself in a small arcade, the environment is fine for its purpose though i found some of the arcade denizens a little creepy. So why two arcade cabinets?
One is the immersive mode (more on that in a second).
The second one is the standard one, this plays much like the original arcade machine from way back then, though with a toggle to make the screen 3d (with an effect that would make any 3d tv hang itself from its power cord in shame, really it is that good of a 3d effect…but hey we are talking vr here and we all know that vr is better than 3d to a degree so high it is not worth talking about)
So let us get to immersive, here is where this game really shines! As you load in you find yourself in a dark room with a large window, this overlooks the game, tiny enemies scurry about as you shoot them through the window, there are pickups there are special grenades, all in all if this was just what there was to the game i would be giving it a hearty recommendation, it is good, VERY good and a unique perspective to play in…..but it actually got even better, i shot a pickup and found myself moved into the game, i was driving an APC i was controlling the wheel with one hand and shooting with the other, this was amazing. Later on i got pulled into the flight seat of a fighter jet…which did not last very long as clearly the jet was defective and did not fly right (nothing to do with my piloting skills honest….ok ok it may of been my fault but it was hard to fly, but oh so very cool. There are more of these type of interactions and they make for a very cool feature in the game.
I had no issues until i tried to up the video settings, this crashed my capture software and sent performance issues throughout, However that is more a streamer issue than one you will face every day (and the reason for the double video).
Certain things are not explained well or at all, i had no idea how to fly the plan or what i was expected to do in it for example or that i could teleport around the arcade, while this is not major it is something that the developer needs to improve.
It has leaderboard support
- Operation wolf.
- The immersive mode viewpoint is awesome to play in!
- The immersive mode “pulled into the game” moments are very cool.
- There appears to be a lot of levels that will take a while to complete.
- Although this is an old favorite and nostalgia can often cloud opinion of them it’s fresh perspective makes the game so much fun.
- As well as the immersive mode you also get the classic mode which is like having your own arcade cabinet at home.
- Some of the controls (ie plane) are not well explained)
- The arcade users are creepy….no really, i turned round to see a woman with her arms out like she was going to clap just shaking them while staring at me…..that is nightmare fuel man.
This is actually the first and second tries together as i crashed the capture software changing the video settings and did not realise for a while (this also meant the second try i was a little tired lol)
If you have ever wanted an arcade cabinet in your home or played Operation wolf, then get this game. If you like to reward developers that create something unique (that viewpoint changing is indeed unique) get the game. If you like vr then….you know what…get the game, you will not regret it.