The Purge Day is a wave-shooter which is seemingly quite a popular concept in the VR industry these days. Although it was originally designed for mobile devices, it can also be played through the HTC Vive. There is no controller support requirement. While the initial set up of the game looked quite appealing, it becomes a bland drab of boring pretty quickly. Once you shot the first “creature” the fun wanes a bit. A lot more could have been done with this game, even though it retails for just $3.
The Purge Day Needs to Purge Itself
While it is certainly true one wave shooter starts to look like the next once you’ve played a few, The Purge Day certainly makes things even more repetitive. Then again, the game is originally a mobile game and was ported to PC, seemingly as a money grab by the developers. They also added PC VR support for the HTC Vive, although it can be played on the Oculus Rift as well.
That being said, there are some positive aspects about The Purge Day. The opening narration is done through a comic book-style narration, which works quite well. There are also new weapons and ammo to purchase, and the random ammo drops are always somewhat exciting. The enemies – apparently aliens, but who knows for sure – come in slightly different sizes and difficulty. There are also some jump scares, but not the horrible kind, which is good to see.
On the other side, the number of negative aspects is a bit greater. None of the enemies are scary as they move in virtually the same manner. There’s also no motion system to speak of, and the combat is as basic as it can get. You can’t even reload your gun, which is a big flaw in our opinion. There is also no way to adjust the throw distance for grenades. Moreover, the frustration sets in pretty quickly, as there is no room for failure whatsoever. One hit and you are done for. This reduces the fun factor to near zero to say the least.
Last but not least, the graphics are pretty abysmal as well, ranging from bad character design to no gun impact and no death animation. It is clearly a port of a mobile game that should have never been released on PC, especially not for this price. There are three levels in the game, although most people may never get that far due to dying often. If you really want to play this game on a HTC Vive, we would recommend you to check some gameplay videos on YouTube first. Albeit it only costs $3, it may not necessarily be worth that much to some people.
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