Operation Warcade VR Review – Nostalgic Gaming at its Best

On paper, it sounds awkward to put on  VR headset and play arcade games. The developers of Operation Warcade VR must have thought the same, yet they decided to create an enjoyable game based on this concept regardless. It is a nostalgic arcade recreation with a degree of immersion we have rarely seen in other games. Unfortunately, not all of the machines actually work, and there are a few technical glitches. Operation Warcade VR is available for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift for the price of $15.99.

Operation Warcade VR is A Huge Thrill

Anyone who has ever played video games at an arcade will remember the experience all too vividly. Pounding music, people looking in over your shoulder, and a lot of friendly competition among the ‘residents” of said arcades to one-up each other’s high score. Ever since PC gaming and gaming casinos became the new norm, arcades have lost their appeal to most people. Operation Warcade VR aims to recreate that nostalgic feeling and the developers have done a commendable job, to say the least.

One thing that stands out right away is the game design. You are literally immersed inside an arcade hall, even though it only sports two working machines right now. There is the Classic 3D Edition and an immersive Edition. Both versions have their own set of games. The machines come with their own coin slots too, even though you play with virtual credits rather than actual cash. It is a thrilling experience to play an arcade game once again, especially with the added elements of VR gameplay thrown into the mix.

Your objective is to clear as many levels as possible with dying, which is rather straightforward. Every “map” in the game has a few different immersion points which can be used to be pulled into the game world itself. A clever play by the developers, and one we certainly appreciate. The wide range of immersive game situations only makes it more fun as well. One moment you are shooting enemies, whereas you will pilot a bomber plane the next.

While both arcade machines have the same games, the experience is completely different. That in itself is pretty amazing, and both provide a great experience for players of all kinds and ages. There is nothing to dislike about this game whatsoever, even though we did run into a few small glitches. Your body will demand rest before you are even aware you’ve been playing for hours on end, though, which is a more than welcome luxury.

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