Launched one 12 months in the past to the month, Pistol Whip is a VR rhythm shooter which has made its mark as the most effective and most rated video games on Oculus Quest. Now the title is about to get its most bold replace but; the Pistol Whip ‘2089’ replace packages a slick synthwave soundtrack as a type of mini-campaign that brings delicate however significant tweaks to gameplay and new challenges.
Since its launch final 12 months Pistol Whip [our review] has seen common updates bringing new songs and scenes to the sport. From its preliminary 10 tracks, 5 extra tracks had been added within the ‘Reloaded’ collection, and one other three within the ‘Heartbreaker’ replace.
This Tuesday on Oculus and Steam (and on PSVR in Q1), the Pistol Whip ‘2089’ replace will drop 5 extra ranges, bringing the sport’s complete depend to 23.
However ‘2089’ is extra than simply 5 new tracks. This time round, they’re introduced as a cohesive narrative that performs out from one observe to the following—a ‘idea album’, if you’ll. Additional nonetheless, ‘2089’ brings remixed gameplay that hits the mark by mixing issues up with out straying removed from the sport’s signature gameplay.
‘2089’ drops you right into a collection of cyberpunk-themed scenes interlinked with brief, graphic novel-style cutscenes with nice artwork and well-voiced dialogue from the character you inhabit. There’s no loopy deep story right here, however having an underlying narrative to tie every part collectively units the stage for the brand new environments and enemies you’ll encounter.That is the caliber of the nonetheless paintings (by artist Fico Ossio) that makes up the narrative interludes between 2089’s ranges | Picture courtesy Cloudhead Video games
The core of Pistol Whip continues to be very a lot intact in ‘2089’; you’ll nonetheless end up repeatedly working alongside a straight path whereas dodging bullets and returning hearth at enemies that seem totally on the sidelines. However half approach by ‘2089’ you’ll discover a new weapon—a futuristic pistol with a four-round burst—that adjustments the way in which you play.
Once you pull the set off, the ‘2089’ pistol will robotically shoot as lots of its 4 bullets as crucial into your goal, which means you may pull the set off on the two-hit enemies and the gun will robotically hearth two bullets to dispatch them. However past that, you may string one burst between a number of enemies, permitting you to take down rows of 4 one-hit enemies with the swing of your gun throughout them.
Whereas Pistol Whip’s prior ‘dual-wielding’ mode made me really feel just like the bad-ass hero of Equilibrium (2002), ‘2089’ brings Wished (2008) vibes, due to the way in which you swing your gun throughout enemies.
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Whereas the brand new pistol provides you an gratifying energy enhance, ‘2089’ balances issues with new enemies and situations, at occasions pushing the sport almost into ‘bullet hell’ territory.
You’ll end up face-to-face with turret enemies which hearth steady salvos of bullets that have to be easily dodged round. Whereas enemies instantly in entrance of you would as soon as be optionally shot or pistol whipped, this time round many will likely be working straight at you with impenetrable shields and may solely be pistol whipped.
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In the meantime, strings of 1 and two-shot enemies will line up so that you can knock down along with your burst-fire, however for those who aren’t fast about it you’ll be dealing with a hailstorm of bullets heading in your path.
‘2089’ additionally delivers a enjoyable and difficult climax which is not like something seen beforehand within the sport and appears like a satisfying finish to the chapter. I don’t wish to spoil something, however let’s simply say you’ll be glad you’ve obtained the additional firepower.
I’d have liked to see the ‘2089’ pistol unlocked as a modifier to be used within the sport’s different ranges, or the flexibility to make use of the sport’s present modifiers within the new ‘2089’ ranges, as a reward for completion. And it will have been a pleasant contact to have a full avatar physique (or at the very least arms) to make you are feeling extra such as you’re inhabiting the cool cyborg character. However these are minor gripes for what’s in any other case a tasty slice of latest content material that hits all the suitable notes with some nice music, a refined presentation, and remixed gameplay that balances further firepower with new challenges. And it’s free besides!Picture courtesy Cloudhead Video games
Developer Cloudhead Video games has set a excessive bar for itself with ‘2089’, and proven that it’s prepared to take Pistol Whip’s gameplay in new instructions. I can’t assist however be interested in what we’ll see subsequent.
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