Check out this Unreal 4 version of C&C: Red Alert 2, played using a Vive VR headset

By midian182 ยท 10 replies
Nov 10, 2016
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  1. One of the problems people have with virtual reality is that it seems better suited to certain types of game genres. For first-person shooters and horrors, it can be fantastic, but how would it work with something like real-time strategy titles? Thanks to an Unreal Engine 4 developer, now we know.

    Creator Ádám Horváth has some very cool videos on his YouTube channel, especially this augmented reality mirror that uses a Kinect sensor to show how clothes would look without trying them on. But his latest video is pretty special.

    Horváth has recreated RTS classic Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 in Unreal 4, and shows how the game is playable using the HTC Vive VR headset. Looking down over the battlefield from a God-like position, players can use one of the Vive’s controllers to select and control units, while the other acts as a sort of tablet where build commands can be issued.

    The video’s description explains how the 3D building and unit models, based on the original 2D assets of Red Alert 2, are created by moddb user Slye_Fox.

    The whole thing is just a proof of concept – it’s pretty unlikely that a remastered version of Red Alert 2 would ever be released for the Vive. But it does show how a virtual reality headset could handle a real-time strategy game. The only problem could be that the genre isn’t exactly known for its quick gaming sessions. Things would get very hot and sweaty after a few hours into a Starcraft II campaign.

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  2. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +318

    BIG PROBLEM: How am I supposed to see the keys on my keyboard?

    I can see playing with a controller... Or even a Hotas Saitek. Keyboard, I can't do.
  3. noel24

    noel24 TS Evangelist Posts: 356   +203

    Maaaan. Havn't heard that voice in somethin like a decade, but I feel like I'm gonna install on work PC tomorrow. Does RA2 works on Windows 7?
    madboyv1 and wastedkill like this.
  4. Gars

    Gars TS Booster Posts: 232

    I don't think you fully understand how VR works
    stewi0001 likes this.
  5. ZackL04

    ZackL04 TS Addict Posts: 229   +98

    Yes, and it was free on origin last year
    Reehahs likes this.
  6. Bigtruckseries

    Bigtruckseries TS Evangelist Posts: 583   +318

    You do realize I've played Oculus, Vive and PS4VR right?
  7. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    dang I missed it.
  8. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    Personally, it drove me kind of nuts. The UI is functional but I do not think it is the best was to play a RTS.
  9. christiangeli

    christiangeli TS Member Posts: 16

    Vr game really suck at all
  10. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    Awkward and slow, drove me a bit nuts to watch how little precision you had.
  11. Bao Nguyen

    Bao Nguyen TS Booster Posts: 61   +38

    It's true playing with VR you won't get as much precision as a mouse and keyboard, you'd definitely lose in a 1v1 battle against mouse/keyboard player.

    But... since both players would be using VR, then I would say they're in equal terms, let the better player win.

    I can totally see this becoming e-sport as it would require actually stamina and endurance from players because playing like this is physically more challenging than mouse and keyboard.

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