Robo Recall: A Quick Review

Hands down the most fun I’ve had in VR.

I finished Robo Recall recently. It was a great experience overall. I would recommend it to a friend, or the stranger reading this post right now.

If you haven’t played it yet—it’s like Quake III arena meets VR with a hint of GLaDOS’ sass. Or maybe this analogy is a bit old at this point. How about Overwatch meets VR? You get the gist, though; it’s a kick-ass first-person shooter game for VR. I loved every minute of playing it.

I started the game in my Oculus Rift S then finished it off in Quest. I should have done the reverse, to be honest—the Quest hardware doesn’t do justice to the final levels. Everything was horrendously choppy.

Even so, it was not that big of a deal, as the game is incredibly easy to play. And, it’s literally impossible to get stuck at a level—unless you are one of those high achievers going for the maximum possible scores. It lets you respawn, with your progress intact, with just a 20% penalty. It feels like an odd design choice, however. The game would have been more intense, thus more engaging, if you could die in it more frequently. But, I guess that’s just a personal preference.

Besides, I felt like the game lacked any apparent sense of progression. The final level pretty much came as a surprise to me. I didn’t feel the game was getting any more difficult on my way to it. Most of the game has a very familiar borderline monotonic feel—except maybe for the boss fights. Odin, the meme spewing archvillain, is fun to fight. That is until you figure out his weak spot (spoiler: his drones). After that, he’s as easy to beat as any other Robo in the game.

Even with all my grievances, in my opinion, the game deserves a solid 10/10. It came to be when there were no standards in the VR FPS genre, and the execution is so damn near perfect, given the limitations of the time. I usually don’t revisit a game once I have finished the main story. But with Robo Recall, I might just do that. Some of the mods look ridiculously fun.

“Without conscious and deliberate effort, inertia always wins.”

Tony Hsieh

“His dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby