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Vertigo Remastered Review

An excellent example of a VR in the linear adventure genre

Reviewed by Griffin on 23rd November 2020 on Windows Mixed Reality

Review

Vertigo Remastered is the updated and enhanced version of the original Vertigo released in 2016 as an early launch title and developed by Zach Tsiakalis-Brown. Since then the expectations for VR experiences has changed as people and developers have gotten more comfortable with what does and doesn't work in VR so Vertigo Remastered was created to give the game a face-life with everything he has learned and will be using for the sequel Vertigo 2.

Vertigo Remastered took me about 3.5 hours to complete the campaign.

While playing the game I often thought to compare this game to the original Half-life game. The setting is similar as well as the story - something that would no be out of place for a side story or in universe spin off (like portal) this is also true for the games humour which I often thought could fit in a Valve game, it was certainly one of the most fun campaigns in terms of writing I have played

The system I played this on was an:

I7 7700k

GTX 1080 ti

16GB Ram

WMR HP Reverb

Graphics & Presentation

Visually the game looks pretty good, the model quality is not always the highest, however the the games quirky and at times very odd art style certainly makes of for any short comings

Sound FX & Music

The Music in the game was all very nice though not too memorable. Thinking back on it in hindsight, where the game shines more is the characters and voicing acting, all of it sounds very good and is littered with witty and fun dialogue.

Gameplay & Immersion

Most of the gameplay consists of shooting and basic puzzling to get to your next destination. The game has a handful of different weapons types and a melee stick which are all fun to use. The enemy variety is also very good, the combat is often broken up by fun environmental puzzles (even playing with the players size) or the bosses which are another highlight of the game. While the first boss is unfortunately the worst of the bunch, it serves as a bit of a tutorial and all the rest to come are great fun.

Controls

The game worked just fine on my WMR headset, and all the controls are intuitive and control well. There was one weapon late game which I do not want to spoil however that was quite awkward to use as a left handed player, its not the worst and only for a level but it's something to note.

Value & Replayability

The game features some light "RPG" level up mechanics and levels which could still be fun on second or third play though however the story and puzzle once learned once have no real reason to replay again.

There was however a Sandbox DLC released which allows you to play around and even make your own levels. The game mechanics are certainly good enough to be used again, so if you are the kind of person looking for replayability then this DLC would be a very good value.

Final Thoughts

Vertigo remastered is a really good facelift to an already very fun early VR title that improves the experience to keep it playable as VR advances. This game is quite an impressive project for such a small indie team, where even larger teams have not gotten it this good. If you like Single player adventure games with quirky humour then this is a must buy VR title.

  • Game has a great sense of humour
  • A very fun Story and Atmosphere
  • Bosses are fun and unique
  • A Sandbox DLC for those who are looking for Replayability
  • First boss may be off putting to some
  • Campaign is on the shorter side
  • Visuals can be a little basic at times

Reviewed by Griffin on 23rd November 2020 on Windows Mixed Reality

8 out of 10

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