December 5, 2023

Please keep in mind that the next first impressions of Murderer’s Creed Nexus VR are based mostly on my experiences with the early ‘Ezio’ chapters of the sport and as such are usually not a evaluation of the complete recreation.

Individuals typically ask me which VR headset is my favorite to make use of and, up till very not too long ago, I in all probability would have mentioned the PSVR2. I nonetheless like it, positive, primarily as a result of it does quite a lot of cool issues that different headsets merely can’t. However, after taking part in Murderer’s Creed Nexus VR on the Meta Quest 3, I believe I’ll have lastly discovered have a brand new contender for the coveted high spot on my record.

Whereas video games operating natively on the Quest 2 have been fantastic in principle, visually they at all times regarded delicate and fundamental in comparison with the video games that I may play on it when linked to a PC. Plus they at all times felt like smaller, bite-sized choices in comparison with what was on out there on different, wired VR platforms. Murderer’s Creed Nexus VR operating natively on the Quest 3 nonetheless appears like a real generational leap (of religion) and, as you may see on this week’s episode of VR Nook, the standard of a number of the visuals left me completely amazed!

This Let’s Play options the primary 90 minutes of the allegedly 15 hour+ marketing campaign which has been edited all the way down to take away quite a lot of story spoilers. It nonetheless has all of my crap jokes in it although.

Close to the beginning of this week’s VR Nook I say one thing about the truth that I’ve performed PC VR video games that look worse than Nexus VR operating natively on Quest 3, and I wasn’t joking. I’ve at all times judged the visuals in native Quest video games moderately harshly, however there is a high quality right here that I’ve by no means skilled earlier than and it took my breath away. Every part from nice lighting results and extremely detailed textures to the massive quantity of NPCs roaming round introduced life and believabilty to the world. Whereas it is nonetheless no Half-Life Alyx, visually this appears like the present gold normal of native, wire-free gaming. Till maybe Asguard’s Wrath 2 releases in just a few weeks time.

The story locations you within the function of a hacker and it kicks off with a splendidly sudden spot of mixed-reality gaming which overlays the UI of the Animus on high of your precise real-life dwelling house. It is like a scene from Minority Report, which encompasses a easy hacking puzzle and a good quantity of ‘being talked at’, but it surely’s a powerful use of the Quest 3’s passthrough function nonetheless.

From there you are quickly put into the stealthy footwear of Ezio Auditore da Firenze and despatched in your first mission which is to reclaim his stolen sword from the attic of an enormous mansion. These early missions are peppered with tutorials that cowl every thing from parkour to stealth kills, enemy distraction strategies and sword fight, however they’re evenly spaced out and so not as annoying as they could possibly be.

Hardcore Murderer’s Creed followers will even get an enormous kick out of inhabiting digital worlds that they’ve beforehand solely ever skilled in flat-screen gaming. The second Ezio mission for instance takes you to a full recreation of his dwelling city, Monteriggioni, which you’ll then wander round at your leisure while exploring for collectibles or doing mini parkour challenges.

Whereas the world of Murderer’s Creed Nexus VR appears to be like beautiful, the faces of the vast majority of the in-game character fashions definitely don’t.

Nexus is not with out it is points although. Controls-wise there’s quite a bit to get your head round and, whereas there are an enormous quantity of consolation and accessibility choices out there, it does really feel like the sport was made with Standing play in thoughts. Individuals who want Seated VR gaming or, like me have quite a lot of wires connected to their heads for video seize functions, may need a bit extra bother with mantling, as an illustration, as grabbing and pulling your self upwards from a seated place appears to be much less responsive than I’d have preferred.

The most important challenge I’ve although is within the parkour itself. In principle it is easy – maintain down the A button on the proper controller and simply run in direction of edges to mechanically hop, skip and soar throughout them. When this works the free-flowing motion throughout rooftops and beams and different obstacles feels great however, if you cannot bodily flip and have to depend on stick-turning, you may have to cease urgent the A button so you’ll be able to then reorient your self with the thumbstick. Doing this mainly stops you lifeless in your tracks and so the one strategy to beat checkpoint races and the like is to undertake a type of ‘crab-parkour’ the place you try to interchange turning with side-stepping as you crane your neck to work out the place you are meant to be headed.

Murderer’s Creed Nexus VR is out at present on Quest 2, Quest 3 and Quest Professional and, whereas I’ve not been capable of check it on the Quest 2, I think that it will not be as a lot of a looker as it’s on the opposite two headsets because of the distinction in processing energy. I am positive it is completely good on the Quest 2 nonetheless however, if you happen to not too long ago purchased a Quest 3 and wish to expertise a glimpse of what the way forward for wire-free VR gaming can seem like, this one appears like an Animus-t purchase!