When Doom was announced for virtual reality, we had a lot of high expectations. The latest installment in this fairness is excellent without VR support, and porting it to PSVR and HTC Vive would only make it more immersive. Unfortunately, there are some awkward controls, glitches, and no new content to enjoy. It is still worth picking up for fans of the game or those who never played the new installment.
Doom VFR is a Wild Ride
One has to acknowledge the option of playing Doom in virtual reality sounds quite appealing. Even though we played and completed the regular non-VR game. However, there is always more gore to be enjoyed, and with an immersive factor added to the mix, we had quite high expectations for Doom VFR. We only got our hands on the PS VR version for now, but it seems the HTC Vive version doesn’t suffer from the same glitches and annoying controls.
When we strip away all of the PS Vr-agnostic issues – which will be patched soon – there is a lot of great content to enjoy. The environment looks even better, the atmosphere is more intense, and it just feels awesome to play in virtual reality. Moreover, there is a full two to four hour campaign, depending on your playstyle and how you feel about collecting things along the way.
Considering how this game franchise has been around for 24 years now, it quite a marvel to play it in virtual reality. This is pretty impressive growth for this franchise, to say the least. It is also one of the very first proper VR FPS games based on an AAA title. The campaign of the regular game can be found in this game as well, although it has been shortened quite a bit. With around 25%$ of the regular game’s content, there is still plenty of fun to be had. Moreover, Doom VFR has more replayability than the regular game does as well, which only makes it even more worth purchasing.
While some people may be disappointed this is not a new game, it was only to be expected. Skyrim and Fallout 4 in VR will be pretty similar in nature, although they do provide the full game and not a boiled-down version. Every encounter in Doom VFR feels like a fight for your life, and you can actually work up quite the sweat when playing standing up. With a few different control setups to choose from, most players will be blasting enemies to smithereens in a minute or less.
While the issues for the PlayStation VR version make for far less of an enjoyable experience, we are confident the developers will issue a patch soon.When that happens, things will become even better for owners of the PSVR. Not everyone will like this game, though, as its fast-paced action can make some people rather queasy. We have a lot of fun playing it despite the borked controls and glitches. The experience on the HTC Vive will only be better in its current form. Definitely worth picking up for fans of the genre and new players as well.
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