VR Game Review: The Climb

Review and gameplay video created by Ryan Pijai

Quick Summary:

The Climb is a first person virtual reality climbing game for the Oculus Rift. Players must climb to the top of beautiful outdoor environments. The game is played with a virtual reality headset and a controller. The game tracks your head motion and position, so you can look around corners and plan out your climbing strategy before taking action.

Verdict:

If you are looking for an experience that can only be found on virtual reality, this is a great game to try. The visuals are top notch and make you feel like you are there. I have been indoor rock climbing before and there are moments in the game that feel real to me. My only concern is whether or not the game has longevity. The game mechanics related to maintaining hand stamina are interesting at first, but without progression in the mechanics, there doesn’t feel like there is enough in the game to sustain long-term player interest.

But despite those flaws, it is still quite a unique experience to play this game. If you aren’t terribly afraid of heights and you are curious about what the most realistic rock-climbing game ever made feels like, I would recommend you get this.

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VR Film Review: New Wave

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New Wave – Created By Samir Mallal and Aron Hjartarson
Review written by Ryan Pijai

Quick Summary:

A young couple’s perfect day at the beach goes awry when they reveal their true feelings for each other. It is the first virtual reality (VR) film to feature dynamically changing, character specific voiceover. While the film is playing, you can look at either character to hear what that character is thinking.

Verdict:

I loved it. This is a great new approach to virtual reality storytelling. I want to see more films created using this technique.

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