Virtual Reality adventure games are looking set to be a big part of the gaming future for VR systems, so we’re taking a sneak peak at Loading Human, one of the first titles in this new genre.
Thanks to hardware, such as the Oculus Rift, enabling people to be truly immersed in the adventure rather than experiencing it through a 2-dimensional flat screen display; VR games open up a new dimension to gamers. As a fan of the point and click genre, such as Broken Sword, Monkey Island and Leisure Suit Larry, I am really looking forward to seeing what’s to come.
First on my bucket list of adventure VR games is Untold Games’ Loading Human. In this game, you play as André Gibson, a writer suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, trying to relive his life through a computer program called Loading Human in a plot reminiscent of Total Recall.
The VR point and click gameplay is enabled through a combination of the Oculus Rift with motion controllers such as Sixense’s STEM. This enables the virtual environment to be completely interactive. Pulling books from shelves and opening them to reveal hidden keys is typical puzzle theme for this genre so enabling this in VR can lead to some very interesting set pieces. In the screenshot below is a scene from the game where you must tap the sides of a simon-says style cube in sequence to complete a puzzle.
Loading Human is due on Windows PC and Mac this year. It can be played without the Rift but where’s the fun in that?!
Check out the awesome trailer:
Update 29-May-2014: Flavio Parenti (CEO @ Untold Games) has posted this rather inspiring video, explaining the purpose of the purple virtual reality scenes in Loading Human: