Robo Recall is the best way to shoot, rip up, and destroy robots inside of virtual reality. Although this game has been out for a few years now, this game is still one of the most fun first-person shooters that you can access with your VR headset. This game is an Oculus Exclusive, so unless you have an Oculus Rift Headset, the Rift or Rift S, or the Oculus Quest, this game will not be available for you.
In our in-depth game reviews, we look to cover each and every aspect of a VR game before you go out and buy or try a virtual reality title. From the accuracy of the guns in Robo Recall to the ease of teleportation in the courtyard, we are going to be covering it all for you today. Robo Recall is one of our favorite games, so let’s not wait anymore and jump right into the review.
Getting Up and Running
Getting up and running in Robo Recall is no different than any other first-person shooter inside of VR. You won’t need to BYOG (bring your own gun), but you will need to stretch your arms and get warmed up before you start ripping these rogue robots apart. The price is $29.99 and only going to be found on the Oculus Store for the Rift platform and the Quest.
The file size of this game is coming in at 10 GB, so clearing up some space on your headset might be a problem. The PC version is going to be just fine to download and install within an hour, but the Quest version is going to take some time to get all the way finished. Your internet speed is going to be playing a large part in how fast this game gets ready to play on your preferred headset.
Type of Game
This is a first-person shooter game with a futuristic twist. There isn’t much that this game isn’t going to give you, as guns, big biceps, and strong hands are going to be all yours while you are playing this game. This is a game that is set up by a story when you first jump in, but the entire gameplay isn’t necessarily story-driven.
There are two different game modes in this game, and they are the story and arcade. Although they are the same in some areas, the story mode is going to give you a much more immersive experience. The arcade mode is perfect for parties and large groups, and not optimized for solo gaming. This futuristic Robo-hunting game entertains many, and is set up for a fun time inside virtual reality.
This game is played from the first-person perspective, just like most virtual reality games. You will see your hands in this game, but you won’t be seeing much of your arms, legs, body, or even a shadow of your head. There is a lot to love about this type of perspective, and the ability to see all around yourself without getting in the way is the biggest and best part of this kind of perspective.
Theme and Story – Score: 8/10
The theme and story in this game are both prominent throughout the game, but it never impacts the way you play the game. You will be forced to recall some robots without a gun, as you need to throw them in the teleporting beam before the clock runs out. That isn’t a part of the story though, as you will find that it is mostly a sort of mission and achievement to unlock. There is a lot to love from both the theme and story, but neither do enough to earn the perfect score here.
Controls – Score: 9/10
Because Robo Recall is an Oculus Exclusive, you are going to find that there aren’t any controller bindings that aren’t native to both Oculus Touch controllers. Every input on the controller has its place in the game, and every time you need to interact with your virtual environment, you feel like there are options for it. This game will always be played on the Oculus Touch controllers, and it is always going to be great with them.
Music and Sound – Score: 8/10
The music and sound of this game weren’t the best part, but they definitely were thought about while this game was in production. Just like Epic has done in other games, the sounds during downtime of the game were kept to a minimum, and the noise during high-leverage moments was always overwhelming. This kept us players from getting too stressed in calm times, and heightened our senses while playing the exciting parts of the game.
Player Movement – Score: 9/10
The movement in this game is done by positional teleporting. This is the first game we ever saw do movement this way, and we loved it. Not only can you choose where to go, but how you land too. The only reason it isn’t perfect, is just like many other first-person shooter games, the close-quarter movement is next to terrible. It needs to be figured out. But because this game was made a while ago, we will give it a break here.
Kinetosis – Score: 6/10
If you have your VR legs under you and a steel stomach, this game is going to be full of action and no motion sickness. If you are new to VR, we don’t recommend this game just yet. You will get too motion sickness with all of the movement, and if that doesn’t hold to be true, then you won’t be moving and shooting enough to kill enough of the enemies. There is a lot that can be done in this game from a player perspective, but it won’t work if you are getting sick at every turn.
Environment and Immersion – Score: 10/10
This is the only area this game is getting a perfect score in, and it deserves it the very most. The beautiful (yet apocalyptic) city is always in your view. Each and every robot feels original, and the sounds keep you engaged, but never overbearing. There is a lot to love about Robo Recall from Oculus and Epic Games, but we think this is where the game is truly showing its guns.
Overall – Score: 8.3/10
For a game that doesn’t get any Vive players, we think it is a great game with a great community. With that being said, it isn’t good enough to make you want to go out and buy an Oculus headset if you already have your Vive or Index. This game won’t ever be included on Viveport, so if you are wanting a copy, which we think all Oculus owners should get, you will need to pay full price for Robo Recall.