Not many VR video games assist you to roam and soar round freely like conventional non-VR video games typically do, however Orion13 hopes to offer gamers entry to that. The primary-person VR hack-and-slash title goals to ship a full-fledged story-based motion recreation to VR gamers, and through PAX East 2020, I received the prospect to run by a number of the journey.
Orion13 places you within the robotic footwear of its titular character, a personality that has not solely develop into self-aware, however is now seeking to break away from society and head again dwelling. All through the sport, you’ll have to resolve numerous puzzles, study the secrets and techniques the sport has to supply and, most significantly, slash your method by a surprisingly giant number of enemies. A problem mode additionally exists for gamers who need to take a look at their may in opposition to hordes of enemies, with an internet leaderboard showcasing simply who the very best of the very best is.
Motion in Orion13 pretty customary, along with your controllers working how you progress and your head performing as the place you goal and look. The world of Orion13 is a really brilliant and colourful one, and surprisingly giant. Talking with Metro VR Studios’ President and Lead Developer Scott Matalon, he stated it was his objective to offer gamers a way of scale and present them simply how a lot there was to do in each stage. Among the tall buildings you may see forward as you discover will probably be explored later, for instance, which means that the beautiful backdrop you see isn’t simply there to make you stare in awe.
With regards to combating enemies, Orion13 takes the generic hack-and-slash fight mechanics and tweaks it only a bit. As a substitute of with the ability to merely flail your arms round to win, you’ll have to truly try to land heavy strikes in opposition to enemies. Many occasions throughout my demo, I used to be pressured to retreat from a combat as a result of I wasn’t touchdown sufficient onerous hits. I wanted to relearn my fight tendencies.
As a result of the sport tracks how onerous you’re swinging the sword as effectively, it will probably take a while to get used to only learn how to take enemies down, however when you do, it’s extraordinarily satisfying to really feel the energy of your swing correlate to an assault within the recreation. The enemies within the recreation aren’t any slouches both, as they’ll take you down in a short time should you allow them to. Sadly, there are some points with the fight, particularly resulting from when enemies swarm you.
Enemies typically received very shut, making fight not solely much more troublesome, however downright inconceivable because of how the sport is supposed to be performed. Fortunately, there are options that will help you get out of a bind, as you’re geared up with two completely different talents, one in every of which lets you sap life from an enemy and provides it to your self, and the opposite freezes an enemy and allows you to unleash a flurry of assaults on it. The dearth of distance from enemies can get annoying, however not less than you do have these choices to make the combat fairer for you.
Exterior of the fight, it was clear throughout my time with the demo that Orion13 goals to be way more than only a easy hack-and-slash title. In the course of the finish of the primary stage, you’re introduced with a button urgent puzzle – one in every of many puzzles within the recreation, based on Matalon – to resolve in an effort to proceed. Later within the recreation, you too can discover numerous platforming sections, which sees you having to time jumps throughout giant chasms, a feat that isn’t too onerous in a non-VR recreation, however turns into way more difficult (and much more rewarding) when you need to stare down the soar in a digital world.
Throughout my transient time with Orion13, it was clear that the main focus was very a lot on creating one thing that encompassed a ton of genres. The heavy focus could have been on hack-and-slash motion, however there have been different parts very creatively layered on that made me need to maintain taking part in. On condition that the fight is a lot of the sport, it may use some extra fine-tuning to additional improve issues. Orion13 could not have the polish of a AAA VR title, but it surely does have a ton of ambition, and manages to stay the touchdown on lots of its makes an attempt.
Orion13 is offered now on Steam for the Oculus Rift on the value level of $19.99.