Hubris, a VR shooter-adventure from Cyborn, appears so good that it manages to make crash touchdown on an alien planet appear interesting. You’d be forgiven for gripping your controllers a bit of tightly as you plummet from the celebs, however all of that smoke, concern and fireplace is price it to your first glimpse on the Twin planet system.
Hubris cleverly builds up this reveal by hiding it behind a plain, industrial-looking tutorial on board an area ship. It’s all tight corridors and two-tone metals, a far cry from the sweeping blue skies, rocky crags and pristine waters you’re about to get intimately aware of. In consequence, the sudden crash that switches you between the 2 is jaw-dropping: although your surviving pilot is eager to get issues transferring, it’s exhausting to not dawdle within the wreckage and soak in each element. Hubris‘ setting is beautiful, and advantages immensely from being in VR – since you really feel bodily there, turning your head to soak within the environment is an absorbing expertise that holds its personal with the open-world reveals of Elden Ring and Breath Of The Wild.
When you pull your self away from stargazing (although you’ll by no means handle that utterly), it’s time to lastly get to work. You’re right here to search for a lacking agent on behalf of your employer, and the Twin planet system isn’t the best place to navigate. Leaping from one rocky outcrop to a different means bodily reaching your fingers out to know the sting and pull your self up; whereas scaling a cliff face requires truly climbing it – utilizing one hand for buy whereas the opposite grabs the next spot and repeating that till your toes are again on the bottom. When you mess that up – say, you overlook to maintain holding on whilst you attain up – you’re in for a nasty fall. Hubris makes good use of VR’s capabilities, and ensures you’re feeling bodily concerned at each level of your journey.
It’s not simply the world that’s towards you – the Twin planets’ alien denizens aren’t thrilled to have one other human kicking about their house, and it’s not lengthy earlier than you’re placing your power blaster to work. Capturing in Hubris is thrilling – aiming down the iron sights to land the right shot is fluid and rewarding, however a frantic hip-fire burst will nonetheless make brief work of something that will get too shut. Reloading your weapon is carried out easily, that means there’s no awkward jiggling or finicking round to remain within the motion.
Nonetheless, all of this motion means Hubris is a tough play for anybody whose stomachs don’t agree with VR. It’s by no fault of Hubris, however the journey’s dizzying heights and fixed motion make for poor companions to movement illness.
That being mentioned, if you happen to’re snug with VR, Hubris must be on the very prime of your checklist to choose up when it launches later this yr. Cyborn has made full use of VR’s strengths as a device for immersion, and it’s tough to clarify simply how good Hubris appears till you’re strapped up and gawping at it your self.
Whereas a precise date hasn’t been introduced, Hubris is ready to launch in 2022 for PlayStation VR, Steam VR and Oculus.