Robo Recall a VR Masterpiece

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Robo Recall is a first-person shooter that is included with the Oculus Touch, but is normally about $20. Or at least that’s the closest I could find, it was surprisingly difficult to find a price on this title. No matter though as it comes free with the hardware it requires, the Oculus Touch. Robo Recall was developed by Epic Games and published by Oculus. The title was released on the first of March 2017 and has been critically acclaimed since its release. In my opinion, this game alone is an awesome reason to choose Rift over Vive, especially with the Summer of Rift sale.

First Impressions

When you first start a new game, you are standing in a plaza. I don’t want to spoil anything, but despite it being clear what is going to happen, it’s a very effective scene. Especially if this is one of your first VR experiences. The game takes place in a large city, but you are dispatched from an office space. The game is very lighthearted, has a lot of jokes, feels arcade like, and I don’t want to spoil anything but includes an interesting villain. Every kill and certain actions get you points, as well as working up your multiplier so you can earn points faster. You can then compare your score with your friends, and the world. It’s interesting seeing how my friends and I trade blows in this game.

Gameplay

The graphics in the game are very pleasing, and don’t try to be something they’re not. The game is very effective at looking and feeling arcade like but at the same time providing a
great level of immersion. The user interface is good, not much to say here, since it’s mostly just menus. Almost everything is done with your body in VR making user interfaces less noticeable. As I said before the storyline is good, and interesting. There’s not much to the story, but what is there is effectively done and feels fun, as this style of game should. The game centers around you, Agent 34, an agent for a monopolistic company, and it’s your job to “recall” as many robots as possible. Your weapons auto re-appear in your holsters after you run out of ammo and they all have their uses, even the starting pistol near the end game. The game is a joy to play, and I would recommend it to anyone, even if you don’t have a VR headset, use a friends’ headset. This game is truly a VR masterpiece.

My Recommendation

If you have an Oculus Rift and never bothered with the games that came with it, give this game a go. It’s truly very fun. If you’re on the fence about which headset to get this game makes a compelling case for the Rift, along with all the other reasons I mentioned in my Rift Review article which you can find here. This game impressed me when I played it, even though my expectations were high from Reddit telling me how awesome it is.

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George Johnston-Lunn

Gaming since could handle a mouse and keyboard, although mainly a PC Gamer has a long history with Nintendo Consoles. Main author for the Hardware reviews and the indie game articles. Canadian.

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