Top Critic Average
Developer: Skydance Interactive
Genres: Action, Vehicle Combat
Become the people's deliverance. Become Archangel!
Welcome to the United States, 2089. A traitor revealed the secret development facility for Project Deliverance, triggering a surprise attack from HUMNX and forcing you to launch the mech before its completion. Rise up from the rubble, connect your neural link, and prepare for combat in this intense, cinematic VR arcade shooter.
Cinematic arcade VR shooter
Take the fight to the enemy with twin controllers or gamepad control. Fire an array of weapons on each mighty mech arm, or smash enemy units with your massive fists when they stray too close. You’ll need quick reflexes to react to flying and ground foes attacking in never-ending waves, but you’ll need tactics too: each high-tech HUMNX enemy has a different vulnerability. Plan your upgrades carefully as you unlock new state-of-the-art weapons. Your choices could mean the difference between success… and destruction.
Seek revenge… or deliverance
Choose to be Gabriel or Gabby Walker, experienced combat ace, Archangel test pilot, and last best hope of The Free. You’ll fight more than HUMNX forces: you’ll face shadows from your past, reminders of the decisions that earned you the codename “Guardian” but cost more than you could bear. The newly-forged mech AI, M1KL, experiences the world linked to your mind, seeing what you see, feeling what you feel. Together you’ll face overwhelming odds in a desperate battle to deliver this single Archangel prototype mech to the secret resistance facility Deep Mountain. Do you have what it takes to become the people’s deliverance?
Archangel - PlayStation VR Trailer | E3 2017
Archangel is a game that shows a lot of promise from Skydance Interactive. There's flaws with checkpoints and lip syncing, but the game's presentation on the whole is great and none of that matters when you're piloting the mech. You feel incredibly powerful as you easily brush aside smaller tanks and drones, while battling with larger enemies feel like a proper fight.
The story is cliche, the gameplay is simplistic, and the entire package just doesn't come together in any significant way. Still, the game does look good and when the action is hitting it hits well. If you just want a new action shooter for PSVR this won't disappoint too much.
Archangel is a great example of what VR is all about. The all-encompassing environment removes all worldly distractions and enhances game action to a fever pitch. Movements feel fluid and natural, and the periodic introduction of new or upgraded weapons follows the increase in difficulty well. The story aspects are unobtrusive yet satisfying.
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