Watch Ian play two full levels of Sniper Elite VR on Oculus Rift S •

Watch Ian play two full levels of Sniper Elite VR on Oculus Rift S •

I’ve been a firm believer in Sniper Elite VR since its initial announcement in 2019. As a huge fan of flatter Sniper Elite games and open-world VR experiences, the idea of ​​playing a combination of these two things put my excitement into overdrive. But, after shooting and sneaking in the first half of the game, does Sniper Elite VR have a chance to live up to the hype in my head?

You can decide for yourself by watching this week’s episode of Ian’s VR Corner where you can follow me through two full levels of the PC VR version of Sniper Elite VR. Both levels are quite short, but they will give you a good idea of ​​the mix of play styles you will come across throughout the game.

The first level shown is basically a standard VR shooting gallery where, with the help of a group of resistance fighters, I have to defend an oil refinery from the waves of the Wehrmacht. The second level, however, looks a lot more like a classic Sniper Elite level. This means that there is a semi-open world structure at the level that encourages you to use stealth, planning, and patience to take out as many Nazis as possible before they spot you and sound an alarm.

You’ll notice in the video above that in Sniper Elite VR you don’t play as the regular series protagonist, Karl Fairburne. Instead, you’ll fill the boots of a member of the Italian Resistance who also acts as the narrator of your adventures.

The levels themselves, especially in the early hours, are indeed very short and each can be easily completed in under 10 minutes. These types of small missions work great if you are new to VR and need regular breaks, but for someone like me who enjoys spending hours at a time in virtual worlds, being constantly dragged in and out of. the action really detracts from immersion.

It’s the same trap that Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond fell into. By breaking the game down into tiny chunks in order to appeal to newcomers rather than letting us get lost in large open worlds that we can explore at our own pace, players never have enough time to really feel like they are part of it. of the world . Instead, it’s almost like watching an interactive slideshow – a series of loosely connected scenes that end with long periods of storytelling and loading.

But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun. The constant jump at first gets worse, but in later levels like the second one featured in the video above, you start to feel a lot more freedom. It is during these levels that you can really get lost in the experience and live out your sniper fantasies and this is where Sniper Elite VR really starts to feel like you capture the atmosphere of traditional games.

Some of the daytime maps are gorgeous, so it’s a shame that a lot of levels are set overnight when everything looks a bit gray and cloudy.

As you would expect, the handling of weapons here is top notch and the swapping, firing and reloading of firearms was virtually stress-free (aside from the double barreled shotgun, which you can see me ‘attempting’). to handle in the video). The stars of the show are undoubtedly the sniper rifles, which benefit massively from having fully virtual scopes to watch.

I’ve played a lot of VR games that feature sniper rifles, but many have gone for the downright awful alternative of showing a flat screen when looking down. However, the way scopes are modeled in Sniper Elite VR is about perfect. The magnification of the glasses works great, there is a curve on the lenses that bends the edge of the image slightly and you can see the blurry insides of the glasses when you are not holding it directly in front of your eye. This is truly a master class on how to craft scoped weapons in VR and honestly, this will be the standard by which I will judge sniper rifles in other VR games in the future.

This means that if you head to Sniper Elite VR with the hopes of shooting a selection of precisely modeled WWII sniper rifles, you are in for a treat. However, at least for the first part of the game, those times when you really feel like a stealth sniper will be rare. I’m not sure if the levels will get much bigger or longer than the second one you can see in the video above. I haven’t had a chance to play beyond this point yet, but if they don’t, I think Sniper Elite VR’s potential to be an immersive sniper simulator will suffer greatly and he might just miss the mark for me.

If you enjoyed this episode of Ian’s VR Corner, you can find my previous adventures on YouTube in our VR Playlist, where I covered Valheim VR motion control mod, Doom 3 VR Edition and everything we know about PSVR 2 so far. You can also read our list of best VR games.

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