A few days ago I tried out an Oculus Rift VR game I’d bought a while back. As the title suggests, this is none other than Virtual Virtual Reality. I’ll get to my opinions on it shortly, but beforehand I want to mention that this game is best experienced blind. I’ll refrain from giving away a ton of spoilers, and stay as vague as possible, only covering the bare basics. With that out of the way, let’s jump right into this review!
Virtual Virtual Reality is an adventure/puzzle game set in a dystopian world where AI has completely taken over Earth. Humans are brought in to entertain AI of all kinds, and you happen to be one of these humans sent out to serve your artificial overlords. AI robots, AI buildings, or hell, even AI butter… nothing is off limits to base AI off of here.
Using various in-game VR headsets, you travel to all the worlds these AI inhabit to fill their needs. From a windmill to a garden to a city, the locales you visit are varied and interesting. The set-up for this game is already very clever and creative on its own, but it also allows for other incredibly creative ideas to flourish from it. You explore new worlds through putting on a VR headset in-game. You can put these on or take them off at any time. The complicated part starts coming once you encounter headsets while you’re already in an AI’s world. This quickly starts turning into madness as you hop from world to world, taking off one headset and then putting on another, but it’s never overwhelming and overall quite clever. Thankfully, the puzzles are all very well thought out, and as a result they are very rewarding to complete. No puzzles are illogical, and can be easily completed given enough thought.
All worlds you visit are also incredibly diverse, and every AI you encounter has a very distinct personality. Without going into spoiler territory, this game starts out fairly innocent, funny and quirky, but with each AI you meet, you start to realize that there might be more at play than the game initially lets on. Finding out the truth as you delve deeper and deeper is a wonderful part of the experience. Along with the story there are some truly crazy and mind-bending tasks here that are set up in such a way that makes you go: ”Wow, I can’t believe I just did that.”
Accompanying these great moments is a good score that allows the player to be completely immersed at all times. It isn’t music to write home about, but it sets the mood of the game very well. So do the visuals. The game goes for a very low poly art style, like many stylised VR games tend to do. I find this art style very pleasing to look at every time it’s used, and so I think it works well here, though it is just a bit unoriginal. The game more than makes up for it with its extremely varied locales, and creative setpieces. This is by far one of the most beautiful VR games I’ve ever played.
The game isn’t very long, but frankly, I don’t think it needs to be. It took me about three hours to complete, but the game left me fully satisfied when everything was said and done. The pure creativity on display more than makes up for its short length, but as a result, I don’t have a lot to say about it other than: ”Go play it!” I really don’t want to spoil much, but this will be one of the best single-player VR games you’ll play this year, maybe ever.
Go download it on Oculus Rift, Oculus Go, Google Daydream, Gear VR, or soon HTC Vive; you will not regret your purchase. If you like review scores, I’d give this game a 9/10.
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