Out of Ammo

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Out of Ammo
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Information
VR/AR VR
Developer RocketWerkz
Publisher RocketWerkz
Platform SteamVR, Oculus Rift (Platform)
Device HTC Vive, Oculus Rift CV1
Operating System Windows
Type Full Game
Genre Action, Indie, Strategy, VR, FPS
Input Device Tracked motion controllers
Play Area Standing, Room-Scale
Game Mode Single Player, Multiplayer, Co-Op, Online Co-Op
Language English
Review Very Positive
Release Date Sep 14, 2016
Price $19.99
App Store Steam
Infobox Updated 10/20/2016
Out of Ammo is a VR App.

Review

Out of Ammo is an intense virtual reality RTS and FPS game that puts the player in the role of a military commander against waves of incoming enemy soldiers [1]. It was released on April 15, 2016, as a Steam Early Access game exclusive to the HTC Vive. The VR game is developed by RocketWerkz studio (based in New Zealand), founded in 2014 by Dean Hall who also created DayZ. It is an attempt to create something smaller and simpler than DayZ, since this is their first attempt in virtual reality [2] [3]. The developer studio mentioned that the reasoning behind launching the game in Steam Early Access was “to refine the experience and better explore what virtual reality can offer for the game.” [4]

The VR game has a mixture of strategy with first-person shooter mechanics, and aesthetically it reminds Minecraft due to the blocky nature of the graphics [3]. The player can manipulate objects and soldiers in order to build defenses, all with gestures integrated with the SteamVR Controllers for the Vive [1]. The players will then face incoming waves of enemy soldiers of increasing difficulty, and they have to construct defenses, issue orders to the troops, and possess units to assume direct control. When a player takes direct control of a unit, the game transitions into a first-person shooter view [2] [3] [5].

Currently, there are eight unique environments and five playable units in the early access build, and according to RocketWerkz more will be added in the future [2] [4]. Out of Ammo has been generally well received, although some have suggested that it still requires development and an increase in complexity [6].

Features

  • Eight unique freeplay environments to try your skill on
  • Two specialist mission modes
  • Coorperative Multiplayer in freeplay for up to four players
  • Construct defenses such as sandbags and watchtowers
  • Issue orders to your soldiers
  • Five different kinds of units each with special abilities
  • Possess any units directly to control their engagement
  • Call in artillery, airstrikes, and sniper targets
  • Fixed machine guns, Grenades, flares, and more[4]

Description

Out of Ammo is an intense virtual reality strategy game for the HTC Vive that puts you in the commander's seat against wave after wave of soldiers. Built exclusively for the HTC Vive to make use of motion tracking, the game allows you to move around the battlefield to build defenses and issue orders. You can even directly possess your units to directly engage the enemy making use of cover and preparing your magazines carefully so you don't.... run out of ammo!

Key Features

  • Eight unique freeplay environments to try your skill on
  • Two specialist mission modes
  • Cooperative Multiplayer in freeplay for up to four players
  • Construct defenses such as sandbags and watchtowers
  • Issue orders to your soldiers
  • Five different kinds of units each with special abilities
  • Possess any units directly to control their engagement
  • Call in artillery, airstrikes, and sniper targets
  • Fixed Machine guns, Grenades, flares, and more

Unlock the potential of your HTC Vive


Out of Ammo has been designed exclusively around room-scale. Possessing your units allows you to utilize the full capability and power of the positional tracking; take cover behind sandbags, lean over a tower railing, or duck behind your sandbags and grab a grenade to throw as a last resort! Full physics applied to game objects further enhances your experience allowing you to position your magazines in the space around you ready for when you need to reload.

Unit Types

  • Rifleman - Thirty round fully-automatic rifle with manual magazine reload
  • Sniper - Semi-automatic bolt action long distance rifle with scope
  • Rocketeer - Single-shot re-loadable rocket-propelled grenade launcher
  • Medic - Heals troops but can shoot with a pistol when controlled
  • Engineer - Constructs and repairs fortifications, can shoot with a pump-action shotgun when controlled

Missions


Freeplay
Command the defense of an area in the endless enemy spawning mode that the game released with. You defend an area against a never-ending wave of enemies of all kinds. Includes enemy tanks, snipers, and even enemy mortar teams who shell your base.

Overwatch
Played entirely in first person you are a sniper providing overwatch for a downed helicopter. Protect the evacuees from your position inside a clock tower. You can teleport around the tower and have multiple weapons to utilize, as well as a UAV providing a view of the battlefield. You succeed once all evacuees make it out alive.

Icarus
You crash land in hostile terrain. Played entirely in first person you must scavenge for ammo by teleporting around. Use flares and torches to highlight inbound enemies. Survive until rescue arrives!

Environments


Woodland
A small base perched in a clearing at the bottom of a valley. Backed by a river the location offers good cover from the rear. All the facilities are centrally located making it reasonably easy for the talented commander to defend.

Urban
A very tight open space in the city serves as a base for local operations. You won't have much warning for the enemies approach, but they will also have fewer routes in to your location. Additionally, the high-rise buildings that surround you offer excellent over-watch for enemy snipers. Beware of their red IR beams that indicate they are sighting your troops!

Desert
Out in the open fields of the desert you have excellent vision of enemy incoming from all directions. However, if you can see them they can see you. Here you can, and often will, be attacked from all directions. Choose your defensive locations carefully and be prepared to recommit forces quickly in order to maintain this position. A real challenge for any commander.

Alpine
Set high in the mountains at twilight, battle against an enemy in difficult conditions. Visibility is hard due to the falling light and your vision of enemies is hampered by the nearby forest. Some lights exist in the compound and your soldiers have set fires nearby the camp to try and help highlight incoming enemy.

Harbor
A wide area in a key harbor need defense against the enemy. You have a huge area in which to build your base, but sight lines up to your perimeter are tight. Beware of enemy snipers from across the water. An excellent environment for those with large play areas, but still enjoyable for those with not much room.

D-Day
Situated high on a beach-head, defend your well fortified base from the onslaught of enemy arriving by boat. Beware also of enemy special forces flanking you on land or taking sniping positions above. You have two pillboxes on the beach you can station soldiers in to help curb the frantic pace of beach assault!

Contact
Is the truth really out there? You won't have time to know while you're fighting enemies from nearly every direction surrounded by radio telescopes! Your base location is backed into a wall so at least one direction of attack is safe... or is it?

Features

System Requirements

Windows

Minimum

  • OS: Windows 8 or 10
  • Processor: Intel i5
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970
  • Storage: 6 GB available space

Recommended

  • OS: Windows 8 or 10
  • Processor: Intel i7
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 980
  • Storage: 6 GB available space

Setup Instructions

Images and Videos

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 TheTwiit (2016). Out of Ammo – VR strategy game review. Retrieved from www.thetwitt.com/reviews/game/out-of-ammo-vr-strategy-game-review
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 McWhertor, Michael (2016). DayZ creator unveils new shooter strategy game Out of Ammo. Retrieved from www.polygon.com/2016/4/15/11439936/dean-hall-out-of-ammo-rocketwerkz-htc-vive-steam-early-access
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Moddb (2016). DayZ developer Dean Hall launches new VR shooter Out of Ammo. Retrieved from www.moddb.com/games/out-of-ammo
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Steam. Out of Ammo. Retrieved from store.steampowered.com/app/451840
  5. Sykes, Tom (2016). Dean Hall’s RocketWerkz releases Vive-exclusive Out of Ammo. Retrieved from www.pcgamer.com/dean-halls-rocketwerkz-releases-vive-exclusive-out-of-ammo
  6. Meer, Alec (2016). Impressions: DayZ blokey Dean Hall’s Out of Ammo. Retrieved from www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/04/27/out-of-ammo-early-access-review

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