Solaris Offworld Combat Review – Sci-Fi Quake For The VR Age

Solaris: Offworld Fight, the subsequent VR shooter from Firewall Zero Hour builders First Contact Leisure, is out now for Rift and Quest. Whereas the sport has “launched” it’s presently in what’s often called “pre-season” with main options like a celebration / buddy invite system nonetheless coming. Listed here are my ideas on the most recent VR shooter to hit the scene!

Following up some of the profitable and well-known PSVR video games, Firewall Zero Hour, isn’t any small process. Particularly when your subsequent recreation, on this case Solaris, launches first on totally different headsets. However for all its variations and distinctive challenges, I believe Solaris continues to be largely a worthy follow-up to the breakout PSVR hit.

The massive distinction right here is that Solaris is not a realistic-style tactical navy shooter. In any respect. Whereas Firewall borrows heavy inspiration from the likes of Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon, Solaris is extra like an alternate actuality sci-fi model of Quake with its give attention to pick-up-and-playability and quick-paced gameplay.

All the pieces in Solaris is about as streamlined as it will possibly presumably get — for higher and (in some small circumstances) for worse. For instance, there are not any recreation modes to select from, maps to pick out, playlists to queue for, or something like that. The principle menu actually simply says ‘Play’ or asks you to placed on the helmet to enter a recreation. That’s it. From there you’re spawned right into a match with seven different folks in a 4v4 recreation to seize management factors that transfer across the map, kind of like Headquarters in Name of Responsibility. It’s very fast and environment friendly and, above all else, very enjoyable.

Along with the 4 weapons (beginning pistol, computerized assault rift, grenade launcher, and rocket launcher) there are two tools gadgets: proximity mine and deployable cowl protect. It’s sufficient gear so as to add some technique to encounters, however does really feel a bit gentle total.

One other instance of this streamlined strategy is the shortage of a list, weapon switching, or reloading. You stroll over weapons to select them up after which it auto-switches to that new weapon. You shoot the particular weapons till they’re out of ammo and – bam! – it switches again to your beginning pistol. No reloading ever required. On this method the “weapons” really perform a bit extra like upgrades since they’re non permanent. It provides depth as a result of you’ll be able to visibly see when others choose up the weapons and creates competitors to see who can get them first.

As Solaris continues to evolve and the group incorporates extra weapons and extra maps, (recreation modes are nonetheless up in there as as to whether or no more might be added) that streamlined strategy will begin to make an increasing number of sense. The bottom, core gameplay will stay accessible and easy to leap in with, however there might be an ever-increasing talent ceiling that expands and will get an increasing number of diverse as time goes on. They’re aiming to emulate precise “sports activities”

Solaris: Offworld Fight on Quest vs Rift

Soalris: Offworld Fight is out on each Quest and Rift with cross-buy and cross-play assist. So even in case you solely have one headset, you’re enjoying towards and with folks on each platforms always. Visually it’s extraordinarily comparable. So comparable in reality, that aside from just a few particle results and lighting enhancements you’ll be able to barely inform the distinction. Gameplay is functionally an identical. The one distinction I’ve ever actually noticed from a efficiency degree is at the beginning of a match on Quest, earlier than you’re ever in fight, there’s a little little bit of jitter and stutter as issues are initializing, however when you’re within the recreation and actively enjoying, that each one goes away. Confer with the video beneath for a side-by-side comparability.

Nonetheless, not the entire streamlining they’ve completed is for the higher in my view. One nice instance of that is the weapon dealing with. In Solaris, you actually can not management your left hand in any respect. Each weapon within the recreation is actually one-handed identical to the pistol, which is okay in and of itself, Half-Life: Alyx did this as properly, however in Solaris your left hand isn’t tracked in any respect. In case you attain out together with your left controller it doesn’t do something, you’re solely utilizing it as a thumbstick to maneuver round.

The problem with that is twofold: an absence of presence and immersion, but additionally an absence of gameplay alternative. In video games like Onward your left hand is the same as the appropriate hand, you can pull your pistol with the left hand, cradle the gun in your left shoulder and even pull the set off left-handed in case you wished to. However in Solaris your left hand is principally the left half of an Xbox controller in your hand with out monitoring.

I’m assuming an enormous purpose they did that is in order that, as soon as the PSVR port releases, there may be 1:1 parity when it comes to gameplay. The PS Intention Controller, for instance, is barely a single tracked system, identical to the DualShock four controller. So I get the reasoning behind it, however I don’t actually prefer it.

All that being stated — you will overlook about it. Whereas enjoying I tended to relaxation my proper controller on prime of my left controller to regular the goal no matter weapon so it usually felt like I used to be utilizing each palms in-game although I wasn’t. I genuinely stopped noticing or caring about it in the course of the warmth of battle.

Solaris: Offworld Fight Consolation Settings

Solaris: Offworld Fight needs to be averted in case you require teleportation motion to get pleasure from VR as a result of easy, direct locomotion is the one possibility. That being stated, there are some settings you’ll be able to tweak to make it extra snug in case you’re not further delicate. In the primary menu choices you’ll be able to swap between easy and snap turning or activate/off the FOV vignette for turning and sprinting.

One other odd limitation is the restricted bodily crouching. I do know the Quest and Rift S are able to precisely monitoring me as I lay down on the bottom, and even roll round, as a result of I’ve completed it in video games like Rec Room and Onward, however there are invisible limitations in Solaris that solely allow you to go down as little as the crouch button animates.

Most likely greater than every other shooter I’ve performed in VR, Solaris is probably the most seamless to play. It’s pure leisure that simply works. You by no means need to fuss round with something feeling wonky or off as a result of all of the issues that normally trigger these points in VR simply aren’t right here. On the floor issues can see simplistic, however within the second they completely are there to make sure the sport is as fluid and playable as potential from prime to backside.

Solaris: Offworld Fight Assessment Closing Impressions

Solaris: Offworld Fight is extra than simply the sum of its components. Whereas it’s straightforward to nitpick a few of the choices made, like your left hand not likely being tracked within the recreation or the shortage of a celebration / buddy system in any respect for launch, the actual fact of the matter is that it’s nonetheless simply extremely enjoyable to play. Visually it appears nice on each Rift and Quest and the gameplay has that fast and seamless really feel of Quake blended with a slick Tron-style aesthetic. Regardless of the problems, Solaris is definitely probably the most accessible and streamlined VR shooter I’ve performed in latest reminiscence and scratches the sector shooter itch I’d forgotten I had.

4 STARS

Solaris: Offworld Fight is out now on Rift and for Quest with cross-buy and cross-play performance throughout each platforms. This assessment was carried out utilizing each variations of the sport, however most time was spent within the Quest model.

Solaris can also be deliberate for a PSVR launch later this yr however there’s no date at the moment. For extra on how we arrived at this rating, try our assessment tips. 

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