Void Racer: Extreme Review – Tron Meets F-Zero For Quest

Void Racer: Excessive is a sci-fi racing sport that marries the hover bikes and neon lights from Tron with the blazing quick speeds present in F-Zero and WipEout to ship an exhilarating racing sport for Oculus Quest that’s solely just a little tough across the edges.

You won’t know this, however Void Racer: Excessive is definitely a sequel to the Oculus Go sport, Void Racer. The most important limitation of the unique sport was the shortage of 6DOF motion, which is admittedly noticeable and irritating when driving one thing like a Tron-style gentle cycle. Not having the ability to lean and transfer your head is fairly annoying. Now Void Racer: Excessive is a much bigger, higher, and extra fully-formed iteration of the identical idea.

In Void Racer: Excessive, you steer the bike with just one hand by rotating the controller whereas pulling the set off to speed up. You are able to do this whereas resting your arm in your lap or a desk if you need, however I discovered it much more enjoyable and immersive to achieve out into the air with each arms and lean my physique from side-to-side as I performed. For me, that made an enormous distinction.

On paper it sounds just a little lazy that the developer didn’t truly drive you to lean your physique or steer along with your palms realistically, however in my expertise these video games by no means truly end up very properly (taking a look at you VR Karts) so doing one thing that’s extra of an approximation, whereas nonetheless permitting for motion in an effort to support immersion, looks like a cheerful medium.

The closest competitor I’d determine for Void Racer: Excessive might be Demise Lap, however that’s extra Mad Max than Tron, though it does have related mechanics and concepts with its combat-style racing premise. Nevertheless in Demise Lap you spend much more time aiming and taking pictures weapons, whereas in Void Racer: Excessive all gadgets are simply managed by wanting round and urgent a button.

One mechanic that isn’t instantly apparent in Void Racer: Excessive except you learn the ‘How To Play’ documentation in the primary menu is that all the areas in a stage that aren’t clearly laid out because the observe are what’s known as the Void. Driving within the Void drains your battery over time till ultimately you’ll be able to’t transfer till it recharges. This provides a layer of technique to Void Racer, just like the damaging zones in F-Zero video games, in you could minimize throughout Void areas for shortcuts however solely so long as your battery will final.

It’s not a nasty idea, however it may very well be executed higher with extra satisfying presentation. Small issues just like the music being too repetitive and quiet, sound results not likely connecting with issues that occur clearly, and even simply the observe artwork fashion usually having a barely unfinished vibe. None of that stuff is a deal-breaker by itself, however it does go away lots of room for enchancment nonetheless.

Boasting over 100 profession mode races, 12 completely different tracks, time trials, and on-line multiplayer, it’s fairly fully-featured for a Quest-exclusive VR racing sport. It’s only a disgrace there isn’t extra depth inside every of these bullet factors.

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Whereas technically, sure, there are “over 100 profession mode races” most of these are simply variations off of the identical handful of codecs. Past straight up races there are time trials, ring assortment mini video games, and some others that try to spice issues up. It does a good job of funneling you in direction of new content material, however it’s not as strong because it may have been.

Apart from unlocking a pair extra bike choices there isn’t any development or customization to talk of. Since I can lean round, examine my bike’s HUD, and recognize the surroundings quite a bit right here it might have been good to have the ability to improve or change designs a bit extra. Unlocking new skins or gentle trails or one thing to that impact would add lots of replayability.

Lastly, each time I’ve tried to discover a match this week the foyer has been utterly empty. This isn’t actually a fault of the sport itself, however it’s positively exhausting to get pleasure from it to its fullest with out folks to play in opposition to.

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Void Racer: Excessive Evaluation Remaining Impressions

You would virtually have a look at the unique Void Racer as a prototype VR sport that laid the muse for Void Racer: Excessive. This time round it seems like a whole sport and handles much better than I’d ever count on, however continues to be missing sufficient meat on its bones to earn a blanket advice. Void Racer: Excessive does quite a bit proper and should you’re looking for these very particular Tron meets F-Zero / WipEout fashion vibes, then this may completely scratch your itch. With a stronger multiplayer neighborhood, extra different Profession mode objectives, extra bikes, and a bit extra polished presentation this might be a definitive VR racing sport. Because it stands, it’s nonetheless a superb basis to construct from although.

3 STARS

Void Racer: Excessive is out now on Oculus Quest for $9.99. For extra on how we arrived at this rating, try our overview pointers. Like out Void Racer: Excessive on Oculus Quest? Tell us within the feedback under!

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