Windlands (VR)

Psytec Games
Mar 28, 2016 - Oculus Rift
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

65

Top Critic Average

24%

Critics Recommend

Metro GameCentral
5 / 10
Destructoid
6 / 10
TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
God is a Geek
5 / 10
COGconnected
64 / 100
Push Square
7 / 10
Everyeye.it
7 / 10
Twinfinite
2.5 / 5
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Critic Reviews for Windlands (VR)

Metro GameCentral

GameCentral
5 / 10
Metro GameCentral

An interesting test of your VR mettle, but also a reminder that once the novelty wears off VR titles need compelling gameplay as much as any other game.

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Windlands is one of the most beautiful games I've ever played. From the uplifting soundtrack to the thrill of jumping around in first-person and grappling like a maniac, it's a fun experience. It's just that right now, in terms of VR, it's exactly that: an experience, flaws and all.

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Windlands is a decent VR experience boasting a unique type of movement. The issue is that those prone to motion sickness are unlikely to be able to play this for more than a few minutes even with comfort settings, at least at first. It’s also a bit bizarre that the higher difficulties restrict movement, making easy mode the best way to experience Windlands. There isn’t a lot of content but there is replayability value should you wish to beat run times. The story isn’t too important, outdone by the game’s visual design and music. Windlands captures the essence of soaring through the air, but sadly it simply won’t be for everyone.

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Windlands is a pretty great idea that could have been an essential PSVR title had more thought been put into its traversal.

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This lead to rampant experimentation on how far I could go and the extent to which I could combine multiple swings without ever stopping.

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Terror, exhilaration and nausea. It's a testament to the power of VR that such a simple, straight-forward game as Windlands has the ability to makes its players feel so much. The biggest problem of course is trying to work out just what it's going to make you feel. Fortunately, if you can master your stomach – with help from the numerous VR comfort options – and throw yourself in head first, you just might find a frequently thrilling experience that despite its frustrations is worth falling for.

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Windlands, even before a game, is the demonstration of what VR can do for a game.

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If you’re looking for a vibrant world to explore in virtual reality then Windlands is certainly worth trying. However, if you are looking to feel like Spider-Man seamlessly swinging around a new landscape,  keep in mind that poor traversal mechanics and awkward movement will make that feel less authentic that you might have hoped.

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