Dead Ground: Arena VR Available for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
Dead Ground: Arena, the early release version of the upcoming FPS VR game Dead GroundZ, is now available through the Oculus experience store. Previously, the game was only available on Steam and via Viveport. Keep in mind that playing Dead Ground: Arena requires an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headset.
This early release title includes missions, battles, a variety of maps, realistic military-style weapons, exotic weapons like the Freeze Ray and Gravity Gun, and the opportunity to fight more than thirty types of NPCs. In addition, players can customize the difficulty level, which ranges from normal to the challenging veteran mode. The release of Dead Groundz promises much of the same experience, with more weapons, additional maps, and a fully-immersive story mode.
Dead Ground: Arena takes place in four levels of arena combat against hordes of flesh-eating zombies and bosses. VRillAR, the game's developer, highlights the exquisite graphics and "new standards for VR gun handling", all thanks to the Unreal 4 engine.
From the press release:
"Players take on the role of a secret agent for Blackrain, for whom they are sent on a range of challenging missions. To fulfill their objectives, players can choose from twenty different weapons to take down thirty different, terrifying enemies. Missions range from VIP and hostage protection to fighting your way out of ever-swelling hordes in a confined space. Dead Ground: Arena supports teleport movement through your VR controller and direct player movement, and comes with a variety of graphic settings to fit each player's hardware requirements providing a seamless immersive experience."
As with any early release title, Dead Ground: Arena suffers from a few issues and bugs, but the developer is making a point to respond to players' reviews and bug reports, and is making adjustments in updates. While playing with bugs can be a frustrating experience, early access gives gamers the opportunity to be involved in the development process and to play a promising new game. The lower price point is also a draw.
One Steam review states:
"Overall: Very fun zombie shooter with unique gameplay.
You go into each mission with two pistols, then pick up weapons, health upgrades, and ammo by shooting floating bubbles that appear when zombies are killed. This adds to the action, because you are not only trying to kill the zombies, but shoot your upgrades as they float away. Add to that, very likable civilians to protect, and the game is a blast.
The zombie types and attack styles are creative and the environments well done and varied. I enjoyed the quirky voice acting.
I run the game on Super Ultra, and it is beautiful. The game is AAA quality.
I would really like the addition of checkpoint saving, especially right before a boss fight. Replaying an entire mission just because I die in a boss fight is unnecessarily tedious.
I recommend this game, and am excited to play the main game being released soon."
Both Dead Ground: Arena and the upcoming Dead Groundz are part of the growing VR gaming movement. VR technology is quickly becoming the wave of the future with new and better hardware and software available to the masses at accessible prices.
Dead Ground Arena is available for $14.99 on Steam, the Oculus experience store, and Viveport for the HTC Vive.
Watch the early release trailer below: