Ubisoft’s first foray into virtual reality dives into PlayStation VR as Eagle Flight flies to the Sony headset this November 8, per the official PlayStation website. Find out what critics have to say about the upcoming game in this Eagle Flight VR review.
Eagle Flight VR Review
Eagle Flight is a first-person VR game where you take on the role of, well, an eagle. The games takes place in future Paris wherein the humans are gone and animals and vegetation have taken over the city.
The player flies the eagle through simple motions done with the head as well as some special abilities such as attacking and shielding dictated by a controller.
Though the game is coming out for PS VR just this month, Eagle Flight has been out on the Occulus Rift since last October. And it got a decent reception for the most part, averaging at a Metacritic score of 74.
Many of the critics praised Eagle Flight for its control scheme saying that Ubisoft mapped the game in such a way that very few of them ever experienced nausea or motion sickness. Likewise, the game received praise for its visuals and aesthetics as well as the experience of flying around a dilapidated Paris at high speeds.
The game has both a single-player campaign and a multiplayer mode. The single-player campaign is short with an average length of 4 – 6 hours and serves more as a tutorial for the multiplayer mode. The single-player campaign will guide the player through several obstacle course-like stages all around Paris, either needing to go through floating rings scattered across the city or racing against a clock. As the game progresses, it then introduces how to attack and defend oneself, which is a core aspect of the multiplayer mode.
At its core, the multiplayer mode of Eagle Flight is a capture-the-flag mode. Two teams of up to three players must grab the carcass of a rabbit and bring it back to their nest. It is here that the things learned in the single-player campaign come into play such as quick movement and navigation as well as attacking and defending from the other team.
As entertaining as the multiplayer is however, it has its shortcomings. For one, the original Occulus release lacked voice chat, which is an odd feature to omit for a team game. Secondly, as fun as the present game mode is, it doesn’t change the fact that there’s only one game type to play.
The (Potentially) Ugly
However, it should be noted that all the current reviews were made for the previously released Occulus Rift version – not the PlayStation VR. Outlets criticized the PlayStation VR for having weaker hardware and an overall less than stellar experience compared to the Rift.
While the core gameplay of Eagle Flight is adequate and enjoyable, it’s still entirely possible that the game will have issues once it’s released on the PlayStation VR due to technical differences. For $40, it may be best to wait out and see what other outlets have to say for this version of the game.
Watch the official trailer of the game here.