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PokerStars VR

I played Poker VR extensively and so thought I’d give PokerStars VR a whirl.

It’s similar to Poker VR in some ways, but in others it’s different. To begin with, there doesn’t seem to be any tutorials which is annoying when you first log on in a lobby and have no idea what to do. I teleported around the lobby and ended up next to a Wheel of Fortune type wheel which I spun and won some credits. Then a countdown began for 8 hours which I guess means I have to wait that long to spin again.

Whereas Poker VR has a menu which lets you click on things to find a table and shows which tables exist and what stakes are on each table, PokerStars VR does not. After a while I thought to turn over my left wrist and a menu popped up! I changed the graphics settings and looked at the various other menus and customised my avatar. Then I found a menu which had Quick Seat (I think) on it which plopped me in a western-style saloon. While waiting for the current game to end I watched the other players. There’s a lot of objects to play around with and many people had cigars, pipes, guns, zippo lighters, etc strewn around the table or were playing with them. One guy brought out a hookah and lit it with the lighter, then we could take a puff from it and blow some smoke. Someone gave me a cigar and later on I tried a pipe for something to do.

The next round began and I got my cards. No matter what I did, when I grabbed them with my controller hands and turn them over they were always upside down so I had to spin my wrist awkwardly around the wrong way to view them. I later discovered if you grip the cards differently they will bend the edges up so you can take a glance at your cards. When it was my turn to play a saw a tickbox appear in front of me which I took to mean CHECK. I tapped it and that worked fine. I found out how to bet money by watching other players and trying it out on my turn and to fold you throw your cards in the general direction of the centre of the table.

It didn’t seem as nice as Poker VR when I first started and I questioned whether I’d return again after this trial go, but I did have fun with everyone and won several hands. Not many people talked much, mostly miming with their avatar which was fine. I think the dingy saloon style table which was quite cramped was a bit offputting at the start but I soon got pretty used to it. I’ll give it another go another day. It could certainly do with some sort of tutorial when you first log on, however.

Sprint Vector

If you really want to get some good exercise in VR you can’t go past Sprint Vector! A full-on workout while you have friend racing against other players. Run, jump, fly, double-jump, climb.. it has it all!

Sprint Vector starts with tutorials explaining how to run. You need to sweep your arms down and pull yourself along. You can use buttons to grab walls and climb up. When jumping, put your arms out to fly along through hoops and other obstacles. Jump over ravines and hurdles. Grab onto edges to pull you along or up over obstacles. You use your whole body to play this one! Whew! I need a beer and some Netflix after this!

Lucky’s Tale

If you like playing Crash Bandicoot and want something similar for the Oculus Rift, give Lucky’s Tale a spin! Lots of jumping around, breaking boxes and collecting stars. It really feels like a Crash game!

It’s a very cutesy-style game with a story and tons of fun! The only drawback I’d say is you can only play via the Oculus Touch controllers which are not the best for a platformer type game like this. I’d prefer if they supported a gamepad at least. However, this is a minor issue and does not detract from the fact this game is madly fun to play!

Catan VR

I’ll just put the name of the game in the title from now on. They’ll ALL be for Oculus Rift since I gave away my Gear VR to a good friend 🙂

Catan VR is a great version of the Settlers of Catan boardgame. I’ve never played it as a boardgame so this was all new to me. I first watched the tutorial and played a game.

The in-game depth to the board and pieces on it are delightful and the surrounding room and ambiance is a treat!

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Windlands

I tried playing this crazy game. Windlands is kinda Spiderman-like. Instead of shooting out webs to swing on you have hooks which shoot out from your fists and grab onto trees, buildings, platforms, etc.

The video above is for the Windlands 2 version, but it’s similar. I could not find Windlands 2 in the SteamVR store so bought the first one. There was nobody else online, but I believe it’s a multiplayer game. Perhaps they all went to 2 or maybe I’m still learning.

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