Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Sequence got here as a little bit of a shock. We would anticipated a little bit of a money seize, however the precise product is respectable if unorthodox bundle. We get a marketing campaign unfold throughout three episodes plus three waves-based problem modes. There’s really a shocking wealth of content material when seen cumulatively.
Every episode by itself isn’t terribly spectacular, however you may’t purchase them individually for PlayStation VR in any case. Which makes their supply methodology extraordinarily unusual. Every of Vader Immortal’s three episodes rely as a separate sport and should be booted up impartial of each other. It’s such a weird alternative and provides a whole lot of seemingly pointless loading time to the expertise. It’s particularly annoying to pivot from Episode 2 to three, as Episode 2’s narrative part barely clocks in at 30 minutes.
The precise gameplay is equal elements strolling simulator and stationary duelling. You play as a descendant of a royal home of the as soon as affluent planet Mustafar – the exact same planet the place Obi-Wan famously underestimates Anakin’s energy – the place you have been introduced towards your will. You then should escape with the assistance of your sassy – perhaps too sassy – robotic and a few of the locals.
However the sport is named Vader Immortal for a cause, and the fabled darkish lord butts heads with you at a number of factors on a quest for immortality, culminating in a reasonably wonderful lightsaber duel. The fight focuses nearly completely on lightsabers, with every episode introducing a brand new gimmick. Episode 1 is all in regards to the lightsaber; Episode 2 introduces pressure powers; Episode three is a end result of every part beforehand realized.
The narrative expertise doesn’t final lengthy sufficient to really feel as if you’re a lot of a grasp however that’s the place every chapter’s “lightsaber dojo” is available in. Every comes with a novel 40-wave expertise that permits you to actually flex your Jedi aptitude. Sadly, you’re locked down and stationary for this, however the fight is enjoyable sufficient that it’s probably not that upsetting. There are a breadth of customisation choices, like lightsaber hilt and lightsaber color, however lots of the “rewards” quantity to not more than motivational quotes. The expertise is decidedly enjoyable, if relatively restricted.
With the ability to wield a lightsaber and deflect laser blasts, or pull a Stormtrooper up near skewer them, carries an applicable quantity of weight, and there are lots of moments the place the trimmings of VR fade away, and you’re feeling utterly built-in into the Star Wars universe. These transcendent moments are many, and when this expertise is firing on all cylinders, it’s actually particular. As a stepping stone for a extra expansive follow-up, there may be a lot cause for pleasure wanting forward.