When a video game developer tries to bring Formula 1-style racing to virtual reality, there is plenty of reason to be excited. FormulaVR is an official game that will allow anyone to race in VR as long as they own a HTC Vive. It is a bit odd to not see the Oculus Rift supported at this time, but that may change in the future. The game itself is quite comprehensive, although it is not exactly the experience most of us were hoping for.
FormulaVR Needs a lot of Work to Become Good
It is evident everyone would love to experience what it is like to race at over 200 miles per hour. While that requires special training and lightning fast reflexes, virtual reality may bring us one step closer to achieving that goal. So far, FormulaVR is the only game which aims to provide exactly that, although the end result isn’t as great as we had hoped. There are some issues with this game that need to be addressed sooner rather than later.
When booting up the game and entering the cockpit of your car, the view is not exactly what you would expect. Players will see a heads-up display first and foremost, while the track seems to be a secondary priority. This is a bit strange and not what most fans of this sport want tos ee in VR. We have not come across an option to disable the HUD entirely, even though it seems feasible to let players control everything from the dashboard That is not the case in this game so far, which is disappointing.
Players also have limited content to work with. More specifically, there are three cars to choose from and four different types of tracks to explore. It is not an officially licensed F1 game by any means, which explains a lot. Moreover, the lack of steering wheel support only further confirms this is a meager attempt at bringing F1 racing to VR by a smaller developer team. The graphics do not look all that great either, which certainly doesn’t help matters much.
For a game that costs around $11 on Steam, one can’t have too high expectations. FormulaVR has a lot of promise if it gets some much-needed updates and improvements For the time being, it is a game fans of the sports should pass up on, as it feels only half finished at best. It is unclear if future patches will be issued to address any of the problems or downsides. For now, we know the team is working on porting the game to other platforms, but without polishing or better gameplay, there is very little reason to do so.
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