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Don't let Vader Immortal slip under your VR radar

By Cal Jeffrey · 9 replies
May 22, 2019
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  1. Nearly every Star Wars fan has fantasized about wielding a lightsaber. Video game developers have given us plenty of opportunities to cut down our foes in various Star Wars video games over the years. Of course, none have come close to simulating real lightsaber play until now (Beat Saber doesn’t count).

    Vader Immortal launched Tuesday alongside the Oculus Quest. The game is the first in a series of VR titles that ILMxLAB has planned. The first one puts the player in the shoes of a lightsaber toting smuggler.

    During a jump through hyperspace, the player is unexpectedly pulled out by none other than Darth Vader. The Sith is looking for an ancient relic that can make him immortal and wants the player’s help retrieving it.

    Gameplay involves a mix of VR puzzle solving and satisfying lightsaber play. Players may want to try the training mode first to get used to using the Jedi blade before jumping into the main game, but wielding the weapon is reasonably intuitive.

    Cutting down enemies or deflecting their blaster shots back at them from a VR perspective is like no other Star Wars game. The attacks are not too complicated, but for a first foray on the platform, it’s understandable.

    It would be nice to see ILMxLAB mix in some more complex defensive and offensive moves in future installments. Difficulty settings could be used to separate the casual players from the true Jedi (or Sith) warriors.

    Vader Immortal is only available on the Oculus Quest for now, but a Rift version is coming soon. For only $10, this game is a no-brainer for any Star Wars fan.

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  2. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,519   +1,516

    Too bad it isn't on PS VR...
  3. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,436   +1,014

    Or Vive.
  4. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,917   +3,372

    It is in on the Vive with Revive.
    m4a4 likes this.
  5. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,436   +1,014

    Ah, at least there's a way to.

    Would be even better if it was native...
  6. avioza

    avioza TS Maniac Posts: 205   +159

    Nice, I just bought a Rift-s and it comes Friday. Will have to try this.
  7. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Evangelist Posts: 593   +306

    It was neat, but there's not much to chew on with this one :(
  8. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 3,917   +3,372

    It would. Revive has some loading in hitches but it's a pretty good play experience overall. I had a rift and now have a vive and can say that the Vive is the better of the two. The Index is a heck of a lot better upgrade path then the Rift S as well.
    m4a4 likes this.
  9. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,177   +1,596

    Anyone else notice that none of the characters had mouths? I guess removing mouth animations saved a lot on the budget ;P
  10. Whodinih

    Whodinih TS Rookie

    It’s a great experience I’m looking forward to the next episode. The lightsaber sound effects volume could be much higher though. I can barely hear the hum. Hopefully they’ll provide an update which significantly increases the volume.

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