It’s already been an entire twelvemonth since
first released exclusively on the Oculus Rift and won our
Best VR Game of the Year award for 2019. We dove back into Sanzaru Games’ action RPG epic and were delighted to notice that it remains just as impressive as we remember.
Asgard’s Wrath: All the same Impressive One Twelvemonth Later
A lot has happened since Asgard’south Wrath first released, including the announcement and impending release of the Quest 2 as well as revelation that Facebook volition start selling its starting time Oculus Studios start-political party game on Steam soon. VR is a very dissimilar landscape now. Back when Asgard’s Wrath came out, it was
big title to prove VR could be more than than tech demos and two-hour walk-around-and-read stuff adventures. At present, games like
The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, and
take connected to carry that torch.
I yet really, actually similar Asgard’s Wrath. For more specifics on why y’all can obviously read my full, lengthy review or picket the video version to a higher place, only to put it simply it’s the kind of VR game I’d always wanted. Growing up I was raised on The Legend of Zelda, Lord of the Rings movies, and a fascination with mythology and medieval swordsmanship. In many means, Asgard’due south Wrath is the culmination of all those things into a single, neatly crafted package.
That beingness said, it would be easy to nitpick and criticize individual elements from Asgard’s Wrath, but information technology’south much more than just the sum of its parts. Yep, combat relies on pre-made enemy animations heavily rather than the physics-driven combat sandbox of Blade & Sorcery. No, it’south not a truthful open up globe that lets you go anywhere or do anything. Only within the confines of what it tries to be — substantially, a VR Zelda game complete with epic boss fights, a litany of items and gear, and head-scratching puzzles to mix things up — it knocks it out of the park.
If nosotros have a look at all of the VR RPGs on the market place, both those that released before and later Asgard’s Wrath, you lot’ll meet there is still goose egg that really compares.
Watch my interview with the Creative Director on the game, Mat Kraemer, right
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR is mayhap the closest comparison, but you’d need to mod the hell out of it to become something that feels similar a made-for-VR game and fifty-fifty then it’s still ix-years former. I love The Elder Scrolls as much as anyone and information technology’s a remarkable open-globe RPG, simply it doesn’t deliver the aforementioned narrative bear upon with a well-paced adventure through a series of dungeons. Asgard’s Wrath borrows its design more liberally from Zelda than anywhere else, as mentioned before.
Journey of the Gods isn’t bad, but the simplistic art style and much smaller scope (mostly linear levels without existent dungeons totaling around 10 hours vs. xxx+ hours) puts it in a dissimilar ballpark. The Wizards is a fun mage adventure, Vanishing Realms does a skillful chore with what information technology’southward got going for information technology, just is over pretty presently as well.
To put things into perspective: I don’t retrieve there are many other VR games on the market place, even a twelvemonth later, that offer the amount and variety of content that Asgard’s Wrath does that isn’t procedurally generated. These are manus-crafted assets with total phonation acting and wonderful world-building.
Visually, I don’t recall Asgard’s Wrath has been topped in my opinion. Half-Life: Alyx nails the bedraggled sci-fi dystopia without issue, but Asgard’southward Wrath has it beat out in terms of scale and variety. Gazing out at the snow-capped mountains of Helheim before facing off against Hela herself, pausing on the edge of a cliff to adore the ocean, or seeing intricate, ornate structures as tall as the eye can see in Asgard is all magnificent.
I’m still belongings out hope for a full-on sequel of some kind later on the cliffhanger ending nosotros got at the decision of the story, or at least some kind of DLC to keep things going, and so hopefully an announcement of some kind isn’t too far off. At present that Facebook owns Sanzaru Games you lot tin can guarantee they’re hard at piece of work on whatever is next in VR.
Asgard’s Wrath clocks in at around 130GB on PC, so a Quest port seems unlikely, only possibly a spin-off of some kind could work. That being said, I’ve played it on the Oculus Quest ii using Virtual Desktop and with Oculus Link and it plays great on both. The Quest two’south precipitous screen and 90Hz refresh rate in Virtual Desktop looks splendid if you’ve got a beefy enough PC and potent WiFi network.
However, y’all actually need to accept ultra-precise reaction times here and any latency, such as over wireless Virtual Desktop streaming, tin make combat difficult at times. I’ll also say that this is
the best game to put down for a full year and then suddenly selection up again. It’southward very circuitous with a wide range of companion characters, weapons, and features that I honestly spent a solid 20 minutes only trying to jog up the muscle memory. It’s a doozy — just it’s then worth it. And if you’re playing for the start fourth dimension and then no worries.
Hither’southward to hoping I tin somewhen play something else that will make me feel excited to binge a ~xxx hr RPG fully in VR. Until then, I can e’er return to Asgard’south Wrath.
For more on
cheque out our full
review, list of tips for getting started, companions guide, and Midgard sidequest guide. Y’all tin buy the game on the Oculus Rift store for $39.99 (yes, it works with Oculus Link on Quest or via Virtual Desktop on Quest, as well as ReVive for other PC VR headsets).