With all that’s occurred over the final couple of years, 2019 looks as if an age in the past. It was that yr when VRFocus bought its first hands-on glimpse of Vertigo Games’ Arizona Sunshine observe up After the Fall, an action-packed shooter set in the frozen wasteland of Los Angeles. After a number of delays, the studio is nearly able to launch the zombie-themed FPS throughout a number of headsets and VRFocus bought one other peek at the title and recreation mode referred to as Harvest.
In precise reality, the demo contained three distinct sections of After the Fall, and as anticipated providing a distinct flavour to the proceedings since final we met. Available have been the Outlands, and introductory degree given gamers the predominant gist of the controls, a hub part referred to as The Line the place gamers can meet up and chat earlier than heading out on co-op missions collectively, which leads us to the Harvest.
If you’ve performed Arizona Sunshine you’ll probably have dabbled in the frantic horde mode, a later addition the place you must survive waves of enemies. Harvest is After the Fall’s horde mode of types however as an alternative of operating round a singular map, gamers should work their approach via a degree, stopping off at occasional secure homes, with the predominant objective being to gather as a lot Harvest as doable from lifeless enemies.
This you may then use in Harvest-o-Matic’s present in secure rooms to buy helpful gear comparable to well being, pipe bombs and ammunition. It’s a setup most Left 4 Dead or Back 4 Blood gamers might be acquainted with. You all should work collectively as a result of stock area may be very restricted, selecting between a well being pack or a tasty explosive may imply life or dying on these frozen streets.
Before getting there The Line is price an exploration. It’s like a large arcade with a great deal of cupboards in the center, the place you may group up with three different buddies earlier than occurring a Harvest (AI bots can be found to make groups as much as 4), head to the capturing vary or speak to Luna who runs the place. *Spoiler* As an superior nod to Vertigo Games’ earlier title there are Arizona Sunshine cupboards providing a really primary twin-stick shooter for a fast time killer.
Vertigo Games has been certain to incorporate loads of accessibility choices which can be at all times price a peruse earlier than heading into the motion, as you may play seated or standing, teleport or use easy locomotion and alter how reloading works. It’s the latter that VRFocus immediately had points with which was a fear so near launch.
Ammo is positioned proper in your chest, with the belt top adjustable to go well with every participant’s necessities. You then have the selection of Quick or Advanced reloading, the former consisting of merely bringing the gun to your chest while the latter is a extra conventional guide VR mechanic, ejecting the journal, grabbing a clip and cocking the gun. However, when it got here to preventing that first ravenous horde of Snowbreed it was an absolute fumble fest. The Quick reloading was intermittent at greatest, continuously jabbing the gun at the ammo belt till one thing occurred. Advanced reloading, on the different hand, was easy as butter, feeling pure popping clips out and jamming one other in. Additionally, there’s a Harvest multiplier when you select the Advanced choice.
After the Fall additionally employs and omits a number of different acquainted VR shooter mechanics. Taking a leaf out of Half-Life: Alyx’s ebook are the wrist pockets, these are your solely stock slots for issues like well being and explosives. This turns into much more of a juggle when you begin finding Floppy Disks, these unlock new gear by taking them to the Harvest-o-Matic after which finishing the run. You can maintain as much as 4 weapons when you so want, one on every hip and one in every hand for that correct gun-toting Rambo look. But you may’t put something over your shoulder, even the greater two-handed weapons go in your hip which appears a bit unusual. There wasn’t an opportunity to check how two rifles on every hip and one hand-held would look though we’d think about the visible muddle is likely to be a bit a lot. Also, there wasn’t an opportunity to check the weapon improve system which was a disgrace, that’ll simply have to attend for the full overview.
Even with these grumbles, the gameplay was precisely as hoped, quick and at occasions unrelenting, with Snowbreed clambering via partitions, throughout ceilings or simply plain smashing via stuff like a bulldozer. It was arcade motion at its greatest, ziplining throughout buildings, gunning down corridors or monsters then in these moments the place you would take a breather exploring rooms to seek out helpful loot and collectables. Aside from the base sluggish and quick Snowbreed there have been 4 extra specialised foes that may pop up sometimes, Juggernaut, Eater, Brute and Smasher. They’re all tanks in their very own proper with the Juggernaut capable of decide you up, the Eater explodes, the Brute is a brilliant speedy fella while the Smasher was the last enormous opponent to beat. Certainly spectacular and hard in the first run, how nicely they work throughout a number of Harvest stays to be seen.
After the Fall is gearing as much as be one among VR’s greatest winter 2021 launches due to the wall-to-wall fight. There’s additionally the spectacular feat of co-op, cross-platform gameplay between all supported headsets, which ought to guarantee participant numbers for full Harvest runs. Considering how some VR videogames have struggled with this function, having it accessible from day one may imply all the distinction. After the Fall is coming to Oculus Quest 2, PlayStation VR and PC VR headsets on ninth December, so there’s not lengthy to attend to see if it’s been price these delays.