It’s hard to believe that it has been a year that HTC released the VIVE. And it has been a turbulent year. I can still remember the Reddit threads where people came to complain about the shipping fiasco, bad customer service and keep each other up to date about waves and arrival times.
I had some trouble too. I ordered when HTC promised that they had their shipping and manufacture problem under control and they said they could ship in a week. Well, that turned out to be a month. Luckily I had the pleasure to deal with good Customer service rep. He sorted it out for me and on the day my package arrived he called me to make sure and gave me my game codes. “Now you don’t have to wait longer to play with your new toy!” he said. After that, he gave me some advice on which games I should try and what was worth the price. Bless that man!
A year has passed
And I still use the VIVE. H3VR, DCS, Xplane and several room scale games. I love it! There is no feeling like, instead of playing the game, feeling like you are actually IN the game. Looking around in a cockpit of a fighter Jet. Or walking around in an adventure game, holding a torch in one hand and a sword in the other. Sure you can watch YouTube vids. But it’s in no way the same.
5th of April, VIVE Celebrated his 1-year anniversary. And I am still happy that I joined the family. However, there are some concerns. When I take a look at the Steam store and click on “Virtual reality” There are very few “quality” games. Frankly, I expected there would be more games that can compete with an AAA game.
Where are my dream games?
When I got my vive, I got a couple of games with it. Most noteworthy, Job Simulator. I love that game. The experience is solid and polished. Little to no bugs and a good sense of humor. The only problem is, it’s too short. Yeah, you heard me right. TO SHORT. Once you play through the jobs, that’s it. Unless you don’t mind doing them over and over again (which I did btw) you’re done.
It would have been better if there was an endless game mode. So you can just help Procedural Generated customers.
And that is the trend I’m seeing. Either there are games that are well polished and short (Job Simulator, Rick and Morty, Batman etc.) or there are games from developers that are poorly done and trying to hop on the VR train. Sure there are games that do have the VR-factor. But they are vastly outnumbered.
Another trend? Wave Shooters. A lot of them. Some well done, others very poorly. Where are my experiences? games like Iron Wolf VR? TheWaveVR? Onward? I want to drive a TANK! Fly a space ship! Or be something, witness something or be a part of something you can not be a part of in real life. That is what TRUE VR means to me.
Is it all bad? No! I still have a lot of fun. I understand that it takes time to develop games. Am I a bit disappointed? yes, I am.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is a game coming out at the end of May that I really look forward too. That game is called Star Trek: Bridge Crew! Now there is an experience you cannot do in real life!