Megaton Rainfall has a sublime answer to the issue of over powered gamers. Whereas the sport’s base mechanics of flying round and capturing alien invaders as an invincible superhero could be enjoyable for a couple of minutes, the dearth of problem would undoubtedly put on skinny quick. As a substitute of firming down your skills, then, the sport as a substitute asks you to make use of your powers fastidiously whereas performing shortly to protect as a lot human life as attainable.
I haven’t but performed the title, developed by Pentadimensional Video games, in its PlayStation VR (PSVR) mode, however I did go hands-on with the normal 2D model per week earlier than launch at EGX. What I discovered was a recreation that might be a shock hit for the headset, if gamers have the abdomen for it.
Megaton Rainfall is like mixing a superhero simulation with Google Earth. You may fly across the entirety of a procedurally generated planet, visiting varied cities, swooping right down to road stage to observe automobiles and weaving between skyscrapers. There’s an empowering and promising sense of freedom as you start the sport from house, overlooking Earth. I’m undecided how a lot selection the world could have, nor how lengthy it’ll take to traverse it, however the thought of having the ability to fly throughout a complete planet in minutes is an thrilling one.
Sadly, you don’t have a lot time to discover; a marker exhibits you the place aliens are making their first assault, and also you’ll reduce throughout the skies to reach there in seconds, getting into Earth’s ambiance in fiery style. Alien craft hover about cities, blowing up buildings, and it’s important to cease them earlier than the lack of life is simply too nice. Traditional UFO-style ships are simply overwhelmed by hitting a purple weak level on top, however there are additionally sooner, extra slippery vessels that pound into the edges of buildings, and snake-like machines that worm their manner by means of skylines with little take care of the outcomes. Within the house of the 5 minute demo the enemy selection was encouraging, and I hope new sorts proceed to shock me within the full recreation.
The tech on display right here was fairly unbelievable. Watching cities realistically crumble primarily based on why an enemy has hit them is commonly jaw-dropping, and one thing I can’t wait to see in VR. Crucially, the power blasts that you simply hearth may also knock buildings down, so that you’ll should take nice care when dealing with foes from afar. Some baddies will event mirror blasts that don’t hit their weak factors, with unintended penalties.
When you’ve cleared up swarms of minions you’ll additionally should take down a mom ship however stopping its city-toppling laser beam because it prices. In case you fail you’ll be admittedly handled to a really cool scene of the world round you going up in flames.
Finally I used to be stunned by simply how a lot I preferred what I performed of Megaton Rainfall. What I ponder, although, is how a lot of the experience I’d seen within the 5 minutes I performed. Are there new enemy sorts, completely different sorts of environments and different kinds of targets? If that’s the case this may need the range and longevity to be a shock hit for PSVR.
It’s an encouraging signal that I loved Megaton Rainfall a lot on a 2D display, as a result of it means I completely can’t wait to strive it out in VR. The truth is I’m left questioning if the experience will maintain up underneath the technical constraints of the PS4; will buildings nonetheless crumble? Will we be capable of fly as quick? I’m hoping that’s the case.
I additionally surprise simply how comfy Pentadimensional could have been in a position to make the sport in VR. I do know that optionally available discipline of view restrictions are in place, which ought to assist loads, however I usually discovered myself the other way up, turning tight corners and immediately stopping as I flew head-first into baddies and buildings. It struck me that this may be an extremely intense experience for gamers and never one thing that everybody with a headset would be capable of deal with, so take warning in case you’re susceptible to VR sim illness. That mentioned, in case you do wrestle then you’ll be able to nonetheless benefit from the conventional recreation as properly.
Megaton Rainfall hits PSVR subsequent week. A worth hasn’t but been revealed.