In Review: Star Wars: Vader Immortal (Oculus Quest)

Stars comes to VR Gaming with the new Oculus Quest

Description: Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VRSeries is a three-part immersive journey that will take users deep into the lore of the Star Wars universe for a one-of-a-kind look into the life of the galaxies most feared Sith Lord.

Review: I’ve had this game for a while now. And the reason it hasn’t gotten a review from me until now is a matter of space in my play area and time. First off. I live in a single bedroom flat. So trying to find the required play area of 7ft by 7ft is quite a task. Instead, I ended up going outside into my back yard at a time when the sun was going down. There’s usually about an hours window before you wind up in pitch black.

The Game

To call this a game is a bit of a stretch. It’s more of an experience than it is a game. I mean sure you get to interact with things in the immediate environment and you also get to deflect blaster fire back at stormtroopers with your lightsaber, but that’s really about it.

You have been found wanting as a smuggler and are captured by a Star Destroyer.

In short. This is a story-driven narrative in which you play the role of a smuggler who happens to be force sensitive. While you are doing a smuggling run. You and your droid, who is really annoying by the way get captured and transported to Mustafar where you eventually meet Darth Vader who tests you with this puzzle box. Anyway, you apparently have the gift that enables you to open this puzzle box, which means that you are of use to the Sith Lord.

So the focus of the game is on your being able to retrieve this artifact for Vader, but along the way, you meet one of the planets spiritual types who also want the artifact and enlists your help to get it.

While the story of the game is a pretty good and interesting addition to Star Wars canon. The gaming part is somewhat limited to the point where it is literally impossible for you to die or get hurt. You can’t even try and punch Darth Vader or anything like that.

The games full run time comes in at around the 40-minute mark. So most will complete it in one session.

That said. Some gamers may have more fun in Darth Vaders personal training Dojo, which allows you to test all your lightsaber skills. I spent a good 20 minutes messing around with this.

Overall

Although the game is limited. I think most hardcore Star Wars fans will probably get a lot out of this due to the narrative involved. It’s almost like a playable episode that has not been written in a comic or played out in any of the movies. The game is set in that space between ‘Star Wars: Revenge of The Sith’ and ‘A New Hope’

Overall. Graphically the game is pretty damned impressive given that the Oculus Quest is not hooked up to any hardware and is using a two-year-old Mobile Phone processor. The gameplay element is limited though, which means that hardcore gamers may have issues with it. But if you are a Star Wars fan and are looking for an additional chapter from that universe. Then I think you’d probably like it.

8.5
Star Wars: Vader Immortal (Oculus Quest)
  • Story
    8.6
  • Game play
    7.1
  • Graphics
    9.5
  • Voice Acting
    8.5
  • Music
    9.0

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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