Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

We continue to tell the readers of our site about the most interesting games for the virtual reality headsets. Despite the current high cost of equipment and quite slow diffusion of technology in the gaming industry, with each passing month more and more out of new projects for VR in a variety of genres. Some of them are worthy of particular attention. Get at least a new game from Sparc studio CCP Games, embodies the eyepieces headset PlayStation VR sports discipline of sci-fi movie "Tron."

Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

Game: the Sparc

Platform PlayStation VR

Genre: Sports

Release Date: August 29, 2017

Developer: CCP Games

Publisher: CCP Games

If you have not seen the movie "Tron" (1982) and "Tron: Legacy" (2010), we strongly recommend to read them. The protagonists of these films, once inside kibervselennoy were forced to participate in gladiatorial virtual battles, the essence of which was to pelt each other luminous discs. The soldiers could dodge enemy drives and also reflect their their own, using weapons as a shield. Simple, but incredibly attractive idea relished video game developers, so in the next few arcade video game based on was released after the premiere of the original film years "Disk Wars."

Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

Attempts to implement something similar to virtual reality, of course, also been undertaken. Of recent I remember the mini-game "Danger Ball" from the collection of PlayStation VR Worlds. There, the player had to head movements to control a kind of racket, beating areas run it different opponents and score goals in the enemy gates improvised. Each enemy has been endowed with unique abilities. For example, someone could just run two areas instead of one, and someone was blocking his racket almost all doors completely. It would seem that only a simple little mini-game to showcase PlayStation VR helmet opportunities, and I stuck it for three days.

Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

The Icelandic studio CCP Games is not a novice in the field of virtual reality. Last year she released a version of space shooter Eve: Valkyrie for VR-helmets. Previously, developers have released for Samsung Gear VR headset shooter Gunjack, who later obzavolsya sequel, but for Google Daydream. In other words, the authors of the popular MMORPG EVE Online is not afraid to experiment with virtual reality and to try out new genres. Sparc its new game developers positioned as a real vSport, or "e-sports to virtual reality." While the project was released exclusively for the Sony PlayStation VR headset, but before the end of this year, we promise to release as for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.

Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

The game includes only one control scheme - using two controllers PlayStation Move, one for each hand. In the beginning, the player will be offered to calibrate the settings of a virtual reality system. You will be asked to pull your hands forward with controllers in hand, as well as to adjust the height of the virtual floor, on which there is your character, make you feel as comfortable as possible. Familiarity with the game the right thing to start with education. Tutorial mode is consistently and in an accessible form explains the basic game mechanics. The player will learn to throw the energy ball in a straight line and ricocheted off the walls around obstacles, dodge enemy attacks, as well as to reflect the enemy ball using a shield. Actually, because of the unpretentious and action is the game.

Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

But not so easy as it might seem at first glance. To get the hand to accurately send the ball into the goal - it's not an hour or even a day. Experience and skill comes with time. Sparc - a game based on movement. We have a lot to move: dodging, leaping and leaning to the side, waving his arms, sending the ball into the opponent, try to catch it after the bounce is put in front of a shield as soon as possible, trying to hit the ball the opponent. Throw the ball a variety of ways, at different speeds and even twisting as in baseball. After a couple hours of play you begin to understand why the developers call it "sport" - the game forces you to carefully be covered with sweat.

Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

Futuristic tennis with two energy balls and narrow tunnel instead of a closed court or an unusual variation of the game "Bouncer" - that's what it's like Sparc. Matches take place fast enough. Those who managed to get his ball in the opponent receives one point. At the same time we should not forget that if your ball is currently in one of the hands, it can be converted into a shield. True, after reflection thereby shield the ball enemy takes some time to recharge, so it's best to immediately start the ball at an opponent. If the opponent dodged your attack, the ball will be reflected from the wall behind him and return to your side of the court. In this case, you will need to have time to grab it, to re-use the area as a shield or weapon.

Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

Visually Sparc - very austere game. Stars in the sky is not enough. Everything is very minimalist and stylish, no-nonsense, and all sorts of "ryushechek". Around metal decoration and glass interspersed with animated surfaces. Costumes players shine brightly once again and refer us to know, what the film. At the beginning of the game you will, by the way, offered to create a game avatar. You can choose the sex, the head visor, hairstyle, clothing, gloves, and other form elements of the character, which will see in front of your opponents. Movement of your body are repeated virtual avatar is very realistic, despite the fact that it represents your body only from the waist up. In the editor of the character can be enough to wriggle in front of a mirror so that you will see for yourself what I mean.

Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

Multiplayer offers three basic modes. In Brawl Basic mode match lasts 3 minutes, in addition to the board, you can reflect enemy balls his fists (interesting enough additional mechanics), but the game is trying to actively assist you in aiming. The winner is the one who in the allotted time will score more points. In case of a tie is an overtime. In Brawl Advanced mode, players will compete in a series of three rounds, the winner in each of which will be considered as the first player to score four points. No time limit, beat his fists balls is forbidden, and the game is almost does not help you in aiming. The third mode is called Experimental and uses the rules Brawl Basic, with the only difference that the arena has an unusual geometry and additional obstacles.

Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

As long waits in the lobby when the game podyschet worthy opponent to you, you will be able to watch someone else's foreign game in Spectator Mode mode. It looks as if in front of you is a tiny copy of the playing court, in which two players compete. Themselves as players see your giant avatar through the translucent walls. You can cheer for them, cheering, waving their hands. Rather unusual sensations thus arise. I do not be surprised if in the future someone decides to open a sports VR-bar, where visitors to the virtual reality headsets will be watching someone else playing Sparc or a similar sport activities.

Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

To tighten your playing skills, I recommend trying out mode "Test". In contrast to the "Rules Wizard", it is a set of specific tasks that must be performed on time. Your results after the end of the level entered in the online high score table, along with the achievements of other players. Assignments vary in complexity. And if at the beginning you will be offered to hit several targets, then over time you will begin to fly parallel to the enemy's balls and obstacles in front of the targets will become increasingly difficult and puzzling, why the game starts to resemble a billiard speed.

Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

I am very upset that the game is focused solely on online. I understand perfectly that it and eSports. But no ban to dream that for such a wonderful mechanics could tie an interesting story. Sad also a small amount of game content. Three game modes, observer mode, some of the hairstyles and costumes for your avatar - and that's it. I would like more variety, because the game has the makings of a great. There is no possibility of training against bots running artificial intelligence. It is also a serious drawback. Another disadvantage is the need for you two controllers PlayStation Move. Unfortunately, they have not every owner headset PlayStation VR, and there is such a set of around 5,000 rubles.

Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

Pros:

  • A simple, but effective and incredibly addictive game mechanic.
  • Several multiplayer modes, including observer mode.
  • The project could well become a sports kiberdistsiplinoy for VR.
  • I am glad availability of simple and clear players in the learning process.
  • There is an opportunity to hone their skills in the test mode.
  • No motion sickness and other unpleasant side effects of VR.
  • A very interesting observation mode is implemented at another's game.

Cons:

  • The game is not even a hint of the single-player campaign.
  • It is not possible to be trained on AI-enemies.
  • The game is not possible without the presence of two Move controllers.
  • At this point in the game too little content.
Game review Sparc: virtual sport of the future

Sparc - an exciting game for those who have always dreamed of this e-sports for virtual reality. Fans of the film "Tron" also will be satisfied, because they will be in a scene from the cult science fiction Walt Disney. Uncomplicated at first glance mechanics are gradually revealed to the player, after which comes the realization that in this game there is a place tactics, planning and, of course, skill, earn is not so simple. Defeat the enemy by pressing a couple of buttons, you will not leave. For victory will have to sweat in the real sense of the word. Hopefully, the developers have not abandoned their offspring, and in the near future will complement it with new modes and content. In the meantime, I put the Sparc 7 out of 10.