|Developer||2 Bears Studio|
|Platform||SteamVR, Oculus Rift (Platform)|
|Device||HTC Vive, Oculus Rift|
|Genre||Action, Casual, Sports, VR|
|Input Device||Tracked Motion Controllers|
|Play Area||Standing, Room-Scale|
|Game Mode||Single Player, Multiplayer, Online Multiplayer|
|Language||English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese|
|Release Date||Dec 8, 2016|
If there’s one thing I’ve discovered VR can do well, it’s putting you into a first person perspective and throwing that little bit extra of an arcade nature to ramp things up to 11! Arcade Saga manages to do both of these all rolled into one, with a couple of little niggles here and there; Arcade Saga manages to keep itself a float in this slowly expanding market of VR games.
When you take a look at the game for the first time, you’ll immediately be aware of the neon aesthetic that literally every single inch of Arcade Saga will show off as bright and vibrant and practically screams Tron; something that definitely can’t be attributed to a negative thing. Despite the very obvious focus on the arcade and neon setting, the game doesn’t exactly have the most arcade-following form of gameplay, as there is a form of a story going on here.
Even though there is a story involved in the game, it isn’t exactly a great focus when it comes down to things. Basically, you wake up in the game as a newly-formed AI robot that is currently on the run from being enslaved by the overlords in the game. By taking part in several mini-games to escape and or defeat these overlords; with each mini-game being pretty different from the last and is the only real meat the game has inside it.
Each one of the games you can take part in all require different actions and roles for you to partake in, all the while staying with the neon aesthetic that you will have gotten used to by now. The first game that comes to mind is an archery game called “Bowshot” that requires you to take a bow and arrow in hand and effectively play Space Invaders with the oncoming threats heading straight towards you. You won’t be required to move at all, but you will need to circle around every now and again, take aim, and fire whenever something evil comes your way – which is pretty darn regularly. The second game is similar to games such as Break-Out, except it has a more of a 3D precedence when compared to Break-Out. There’s not too much else to this game mode other than hitting the ball with the paddle when it comes your way; except your paddle just so happens to be that of a freaking lightsabre! The third and final game plays as a strange version of pinball where the ball proceeds to bounce against 4 different walls, up until it reaches you at which point it would be best for you to hit them – providing you actually would like to keep playing the game!
With each of the 3 games they do play fairly different from each other, but there are only ever 3 games for you to play, so the variety quickly becomes fairly lacking. Which brings me to my next brief point and that’s the fact the game is called Arcade Saga, even though it only has 3 games, which would technically make it a trilogy, rather than a full-on saga. To be fair, it’s a completely unnecessary nit-pick, but it was something that was at the very least worth mentioning.
Looking at all 3 of the games, it’s hard to complain about them, because each of them are just unique enough to be considered interesting and fun when you combine them with the neon aesthetic that you’re treated to. The only real downside to the game is the story, as for the most part it is completely easy to ignore and simply distracts from the rest of the gameplay; an unnecessary distraction at best.
Overall, Arcade Saga from a gameplay perspective does a good job of making you enjoy the whole experience and the neon graphics definitely help with that. The main issue I’ve found with the game is down to the story and the lack of much VR integration puts a little bit of a dampen on the whole experience, but not enough to discourage the game. If you can look past some of the game’s obvious flaws, the game manages to pull off the 80’s neon aesthetics pretty well and it only exemplifies how enjoyable all 3 of those games are.
3 action games built specifically for VR in one package - Fracture (40 levels), Smash (20 levels), and Bowshot (24 levels).
Can you take down all 4 bosses, across all difficulty modes? Or try your hand at PvP to see where you rank in the worldwide leaderboards.
Arcade Saga allows you to take the role of a newly sentient being and battle for survival against A.I. Overlords determined to destroy you and your free-thinking. Through 3 different futuristic sports—Fracture, Smash and Bowshot—you'll harness your reactions and strategic thinking to shoot and dodge viruses, break firewall bricks and spin data-balls past the Overlords and their minions. You will need to use your reflexes, wits and changing strategies to survive.
Futuristic and action packed, this compilation game uses 360⁰ gaming, motion controls and positional audio with a nod to Arcade games of the past. Leaderboards for all allow you to gauge your progress against friends and family.
- OS: Windows 7 SP1 or newer
- Processor: CPU: Intel Core i5 4590 or AMD FX 8350 or greater
- Memory: 4 GB RAM
- Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or better
- Storage: 1500 MB available space
Requires a play area with 360° tracking.