Look out John Wick, there’s a slipshod new gunslinger on the town.
Sometimes a VR recreation comes alongside that makes such nice use of the applied sciences immersive capabilities that it’s exhausting to consider it didn’t exist already. One such instance is the newest launch from Cloudhead Games (The Gallery collection, Aperture Hand Labs), Pistol Whip, a fast-paced rhythm shooter expertise designed to make you are feeling as if your the protagonist in a high-octane motion film, à la John Wick or Needed.
Much like different VR rhythm video games equivalent to Beat Saber and Synth Riders, Pistol Whip — described by its developer as a “cinematic bullet hell” — revolves round taking pictures targets to the beat of a thumping digital soundtrack supplied by Canadian label Kannibalen Records. Nonetheless, whereas the afore-mentioned titles have you ever slicing blocks or tapping orbs, Pistol Whip as an alternative has you strategically mowing down carefully-timed waves of SUPERHOT-Esque unhealthy guys. Although the sport options a number of completely different modes, the core expertise stays the identical all through: you choose a music monitor and embark on a 2-Three minute on-rails journey via a linear map plagued by gun-toting henchmen bouncing to the rhythm of your chosen soundtrack.
Whilst you do have the choice to mindlessly gun-down enemies as quickly as they seem, these seeking to rack up essentially the most factors will wish to time their pictures to the beat of the monitor. These unhealthy guys, represented as black “fractal” silhouettes, will pulsate to the beat of every monitor, providing you with an extra visible cue for when to fireside; if an enemy will get to shut, save a bullet and pistol whip that baddie. Ah, see what I did there? Along with the enemy AI, you’ll often face massive limitations blocking your paths, equivalent to a pillar or small overpass; you’ll undoubtedly wish to duck round these each time doable.
Nonetheless, the actual magic of Pistol Whip is in its stage design. Each enemy is positioned rigorously all through the map with the intention to sync with the music and, in flip, your gunfire. Whereas regular enemies go down after a single bullet, unhealthy guys carrying bulletproof vests require two pictures, adopted by armor-clad elites which go down after 4. By pairing sure enemies of various problem with each other, the sport is ready to anticipate and information your pictures to the beat of the sport, turning your gun into an instrument; the higher your timing, the higher the track. One other good contact is the movie show structure, which depicts every monitor as its personal motion movie, just like the degrees featured within the Left four Useless franchise.
After all, it wouldn’t be a VR rhythm recreation with out the customization. Pistol Whip options quite a lot of modifiers for enhancing the bottom expertise. “Twin Wield” provides an extra pistol to the combination, permitting you to tackle tougher difficulties with ease as you unleash a barrage of firepower down in your enemies. “Deadeye,” then again, will increase the problem by eradicating the auto-aim help, forcing you to line up your pictures extra rigorously. There’s additionally “Infinite Ammo,” which removes the necessity for reloading; “No Ammo,” which forces you to punch your manner via every monitor; “Hardcore,” a one-hit demise recreation mode; and “No Fail,” which makes you invulnerable to gunfire.
Along with modifiers, you may also unlock new weapon customizations, together with numerous wraps, steel finishes, colours, SFX, and sorts of pistols — together with a Walter PP, Beretta, and a Desert Eagle. You possibly can unlock extra customizations by incomes achievements and growing your scores. Cloudhead has said that extra tracks, customizations, and ranges are on the way in which. And what higher option to share your hard-earned equipment and mediocre gun-fu expertise than with blended actuality? Pistol Whip options devoted assist for the LIV blended actuality system, permitting you to customise your seize choices immediately from the in-game menu (devoted inexperienced display studio not supplied).
In a yr dominated closely by bold, world-building VR experiences (Asgard’s Wrath, Vader Immortal – Episode II) Pistol Whip affords a extra simplistic, albeit addictive, arcade expertise not possible to copy on a standard, non-VR gaming platform. And therein lies Pistol Whip’s true brilliance; very similar to different standout VR titles — Beat Saber, Area Pirate Coach — Pistol Whip affords a real one-of-a-kind gaming expertise you merely can’t get anyplace else; it’s virtually a style in itself. Whether or not you’re a fan of rhythm video games, VR shooters, or genuinely creative experiences typically, Pistol Whip is a particular must-buy.
Pistol Whip is on the market now for $24.99 on SteamVR, Oculus Rift/Rift S, Oculus Quest, and Viveport. Those that buy a replica for Oculus Rift/Rift S will obtain an extra copy for Oculus Quest, and vice-versa, at no extra price through Oculus cross-buy.
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