Loading Human - Chapter 1 (VR)
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Loading Human is an interesting experiment that looks to explore relationships through VR. However in Chapter One these feel rushed instead of being built at a steadier pace. The price point may also be off putting, as a £30 game that lasts 3 to 4 hours, that is only the first part of a trilogy. Untold Games have crafted a VR world that looks fantastic for the most part but it is populated by characters that come across as two dimensional, and a story that might be better enjoyed once all the chapters have been released.
Loading Human have some nice ideas tampered by an awful control scheme, horrible visuals and a lasting appeal shorter than it should due its price.
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The story, albeit short, is solid enough to keep you interested, but clunky controls that make completing even simple tasks feel like a pain causes Loading Human to be a frustrating experience overall.
Overly fiddly controls combined with a brief duration, slow starting narrative and inflated price point make Loading Human's opening episode difficult to recommend, which is a shame given the sizeable ambition that lurks behind its otherwise subpar execution.
Loading Human: Chapter 1 is a flawed start to what might become an interesting journey down the line. While the execution was sloppy, I’m invested in Prometheus and Alice (you never forget your first VR kiss, after all), and am looking forward to finding out what happens next. If the puzzle design gets better and the controls fine-tuned, then Loading Human might be able to turn into something worth the high asking price.
Loading Human: Chapter 1 is an intriguing way to experience human relationships in a virtual sci-fi setting, but I kept wanting more sci-fi elements. The control scheme is overly cumbersome, and there is only a handful of meaningful interaction between your father and Alice. There just isn’t enough game here to justify the price tag. There are some neat moments, but I didn’t feel invested in the world or care enough to pick up every single object. or even play through fragments multiple times for trophies.
That right there is probably the best analogy to summarize Loading Human: a cluttered mess that tries to pretend it is high-quality immersion.
The ideas behind Loading Human: Chapter 1 are exciting, but they don’t get to shine like they should due to a weird control scheme and ineffective acting.
A sometimes slow but very immersive VR game, solid storytelling drawing players in while setting up for the next adventure.
Loading Human is definitely worth a look, as it does offer something unique and the story is certainly intriguing, but it remains a long way from being a must-buy – at least until its inexplicably unreasonable price drops.
Loading Human Chapter 1 is a good first try at the adventure genre in VR for Untold Games. I enjoyed the sci fi story presented here and the characters are well thought out. Interacting with all the different objects in the game and some of the puzzles are fun too. The game needs more variety and if you aren’t into slower paced games you may want to pass on this. The price also makes it hard to recommend it but if you catch it on sale it’s well worth it. I do hope Untold Games can make the next chapter and improve on what they have here as I’d like to see what is next for these characters.
Overall, I enjoyed the game’s story and I’m wondering what will happen in the next episode. The game doesn’t overstay its welcome and seems just the right length at around 4–5 hours. I suggest you give the game a try if you are a fan of story-driven adventure games.
There’s an interesting game somewhere in Loading Human Chapter 1. The concept is intriguing enough, but the execution falls massively short at every possible hurdle. With the game retailing at £35 it’s one of the more expensive PlayStation VR launch titles, but it also feels like one of the least polished.
While loading human does some interesting things with VR, it ultimately fails at fully loading the personality and soul of that human.
Look, by no means is Loading Human: Chapter 1 a great game. There is some potential there, and the use of VR elevates an otherwise very average adventure title. I enjoyed the premise and it reminded me of one of the reasons I was interested in virtual reality in the first place - because VR can help to make more personal, relatable stories. However, that being said, Loading Human: Chapter 1 has too many rough edges to completely overlook.
Loading Human isn’t perfect, but it doesn’t need to be. Sure, it’s occasionally clunky and in many ways a superficial experience thanks to its mundane puzzles and the menial tasks you have to perform to move the story forward. But despite these flaws, the game’s impressive world-building and excellent cast supporting characters have me anxious to step back into the shoes of Prometheus Baarick.
In the end, I was left feeling disappointed with Loading Human: Chapter 1. I wanted to like this game, because I felt the idea behind it and the promise it had as a trilogy was strong. But after taking the four or so hours needed to complete the journey, I'm skeptical on the future and for Chapter 2 and Chapter 3. I'm hopeful for a turnaround and for an amazing Chapter 2, whenever that may be.
Chapter One of Loading Human is an interesting start for the series. While the writing and character development won’t win any awards, most of the basic mechanics are solid after adjusting to the way you navigate. It might be worth waiting to see how Chapter Two and Three plan out before dipping in, but Loading Human is one to keep your eye on.