We at The VR Base are quite passionate about everything involving dinosaurs. Too much to our chagrin, the number of dino-themed VR games is pretty abysmal. With Island 259, we get a more than welcome addition to this brief list. Being able to hunt for dinosaurs is pretty fun in virtual reality. Owners of the HTC VIve and Oculus Rift can pick the game up for the price of $19.99.
Island 359 is a Surprisingly fun Game
For a game which has been in Early access for nearly two years, we had high expectations for Island 359. Any dinosaur-themed VR game will gladly be embraced by our team, even though most VR-related experiences have been mediocre at best. Thankfully, this game provides a very different experience. It is all about hunting dinosaurs and advancing through the game. With three different game modes to choose from, Island 359 seemingly offers something for every type of gamer.
The Survival mode is pretty self-explanatory. There’s also the Mercenary mode, which will allow you to get acquainted with the controls and how you need to hunt down dinos. The arcade mode serves a similar purpose, but it is a more casual approach. Mercenary mode stands out because it offers loot rewards to further enhance your hunting sessions. Do keep in mind you will still need to come out of the jungle alive, as the tougher dinosaurs will not go down that easily.
For those who think they can effectively survive in this game world, Survival Mode is where Island 359 truly shines. You traverse to a beautiful environment of roughly six square miles in size. Considering how your only initial supplies are a rucksack and a tent, it is all up to you to make the right decisions. The option to craft items is what makes this game even more enjoyable overall, as you will effectively need to keep an arsenal handy at all times.
Under the hood, Island 359 also offers an in-game currency shop which allows you to buy gear and ammo for use in all different game modes. This makes the game more enjoyable and increases its overall play value, as there is always something new to do. While it may not be on par with Monster Hunter, it is a more than valuable addition to the overall VR gaming library. For the price you pay, you get tons of content in return and an incredibly enjoyable experience. Adding a multiplayer element would certainly be interesting, but the game does fine without it as well.
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