Espire 1: VR Operative
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About this game
Developer: Tripwire Interactive
Content Rating: Mature
The definitive VR stealth experience, Espire 1: VR Operative drafts players as drone operators of the future. Players become “Espire Agents” and use cutting edge Virtual Reality hardware to remote-operate the Espire model 1 from the safety of their “Control Theatre” allowing players the freedom to move anywhere within their virtual environment with full comfort and no motion sickness for almost all players.
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Espire 1: VR Operative is unquestionably the best expression of the stealth action genre we’ve seen in VR yet. The small touches of polish go a long way towards selling the immersion and opening your mind to the creativity on display to complete missions and the inventive VR-focused mechanics make it a pleasure to play actively in a roomscale space. While a larger budget, more time, and overall more resources could have elevated Espire 1: VR Operative to the status of being a landmark VR game that pushes the boundaries and redefines the genre even further, it’s still extremely good and certainly worth playing.
It contains replayability through its Challenges mode, but what it offers in terms of main story is a bit short – roughly four hours of story, padded to five or six hours via gates that force you to finish a certain number of Challenges to continue to the next mission. Of course, the main draw of Espire 1 is that it takes place in VR, and it uses that to its benefit. Sneaking around and using the bevy of Espire gadgets and traversal options available to do so feels great, but is overshadowed by a combat system and AI that is so exploitable that sneaking around quickly loses its purpose in the first place.
The climbing system is excellent and the opportunity to play things your way is greatly appreciated. That said, however, Espire 1: VR Operative has too many issues for us to recommend it at this point in time. We can look past the generic story and the flat presentation, but the dull surroundings and confusing level design is just too distracting. The biggest flaw of the game, however, is the utterly hopeless AI that makes things unpredictable in the worst way, breaking immersion again and again.