Vanishing Realms

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Vanishing Realms
Information
VR/AR Virtual Reality
Developer Indimo Labs LLC
Publisher Indimo Labs LLC
Platform SteamVR
Device HTC Vive
Operating System Windows 7 or newer
Type Full Game
Genre Adventure, RPG, Easy Acccess
Input Device Tracked Motion Controllers
Game Mode Single Player
Rating Overwhelmingly Positive (940 reviews)
Release Date April 5, 2016
Price $10.66
Website Vanishing Realms on Steam
Infobox Updated 8/6/2016


Vanishing Realms is an immersive RPG designed exclusively for Virtual Reality. Players can grab a sword and fight life-sized monsters in epic face-to-face melee combat. They get to explore mystic domains, outwit magical wards, seek lost artifacts, wield sorcery and steel to take on denizens of the Undead Realm.[1]

Features

Vanishing Realms places playesr in the virtual shoes of an eager adventurer seeking treasure, artifacts, and victory in a mystical world populated by undead monsters. The game is deliberately light on narrative, and keeps players motivated to progress forward with the adventure alone.[2]

The game leverages the immersive power of room-scale VR with a use of one-to-one motion controls and movement, so that players feel like they are fully in control of combat. Instead of pressing assigned buttons to perform specific actions, they simply replicate the desired action with natural gestures and motion. With respect to actual space limitations, they can physically walk through the dungeon and teleport to various locations by pointing to it and clicking the thumbpad.[3]

To further enhance the sense of immersion, player's vision isn't obscured by a UI, but looking down reveals icons showing health, mana, sword sheath, and a backpack icon. Using the Vive’s touch controller, it's possible to simply dip into the backpack and pull out objects like apples to revive health, or the all-important torch to illuminate the dank darkness.[4]

Vanishing Realms is an Early Access title, with the developer targeting a final retail release in about 4 to 6 weeks. In its current form, the game comprises two chapters. The first focuses on adventure, loot gathering, and monster slaying, with the second chapter hosting some very challenging “Rite of Steel” trials, where players have to use the battle knowledge and weaponry they've acquired to defeat 9 waves of enemies in just 60 seconds for each round.[5]

Combat plays an essential role in the game, and players have to learn to stand face-to-face with melee enemies and magical opponents. Real-world sword-fighting skills translate directly into the combat, making it an uniquely rewarding experience.

System Requirements

MINIMUM:

  • OS: Windows 7+
  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 equivalent or higher
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:

  • OS: Windows 7+
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980, AMD R9-290x or equivalent
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

Setup Instructions

The game is available for easy installation on Steam and requires a compatible virtual reality headset.

Images and Videos

References

  1. http://store.steampowered.com/app/322770/
  2. http://uploadvr.com/vanishing-realms-rite-of-steel-early-access-review-roomscale-dungeon-crawling/
  3. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/seattle-based-company-prizmiq-creates-worlds-first-3d-retail-experience-for-arcteryx-300056404.html
  4. http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2016/05/01/game-of-thrones-season-6-episode-2-review-home/#4d0412c013bc
  5. http://uploadvr.com/vanishing-realms-rite-of-steel-early-access-review-roomscale-dungeon-crawling/

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