Shadowcore VR Preview – Great Concept but Hinges on Online Community

Although most VR games which are still in Early Access are not necessarily worth checking out, Shadowcore VR had our interest piqued from day one. It is a great VR shooter for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, although the price tag of $24.99 may be a bit steep for most people. There are many different aspects about the game to like, though, Unfortunately, it is another game relying on an online community, which is not necessarily a viable business model right now.

Shadowcore VR has Potential but Lacks Players

It is evident there is a bright future ahead for VR FPS games. Especially those which focus on the online part of gameplay can make a meaningful impact in the long run. For games such as Shadowcore VR, it shouldn’t be all that difficult to attract a lot of people and ensure they come back. There are many different guns to use, as the visual style of this game is certainly appealing. Additionally, there are different game modes for players to enjoy which do not require dozens of players either. Even so, we can’t shake the feeling this game will not have a proper online community for more than a few weeks.

Even though Early Access games tend to attract fewer players, one would expect there to be more an interest in this game. There are three classes to choose from, each of which has a different main weapon and secondary fire option. With three different game modes to choose from and two maps to play on, it’s not the most content-rich VR FPS either. Then again, PUBG has two maps and the core gameplay changed very little over the past year. That game doesn’t require an expensive VR headset to play, though, which may be one of the reasons why Shadowcore VR might not be able to utilize its full potential in the long run.

On the visual front, there is nothing to dislike about Shadowcore VR whatsoever Everything looks crisp and feels pretty polished. The colors are vibrant, the environment looks pretty realistic, and the player models look just fine. Even with these graphics, the game will only work if and when the player base grows large enough. After playing a few games with randoms, we can conclude there is a severe lack of desire to communicate. Nor is there much teamwork to speak of, which can lead to some frustrating elements.

Shadowcore VR is one of those games a lot of people will check on a regular basis, but they may not stick around in the long run. It has a lot of potential, and we are thoroughly impressed with what the game has to offer. For the price of $24.99 seems a bit steep, especially because there is zero single player content. Future updates may help address this problem, but for now, it’s better to wait for a sale.

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