- System: Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, Steam
- Publisher: Skydance
- Developer: Skydance
- Release Date: July 2017
Who it Caters to
What to Expect
Training for this demo happened as you went, so you have enemies shooting at you from the very start. However, your trainer is very good at letting you know what to do and when, and because the enemies don't stop to wait for you to learn, you can try your new skills over and over till you get them down.
Archangel makes use of everything at your disposal, and having the Touch controllers really amplified the VR experience already delivered by the headset.
Archangel - PlayStation VR Trailer | E3 2017
Soon after learning how to protect yourself and use your gun, you are given the next item in your arsenal, a freaking rocket launcher!!! “Enemy on your right!” says your teammate over the coms. When you look over, there are 3+ tanks shooting in your direction. No problem, your awesome new rocket launcher does quick work of them. Airstrike coming your way? Boom! Rocket launcher + shield = I win.
The gun and rocket launcher in the demo both had auto-reload capabilities, it’s not clear whether that will be the case in the full game as well or if there will be something else you need to do to reload them. The rocket launcher gives you a few rounds before running out and you have to give it time to reload, so you need to break out the shield and gun while you wait.
There is also a lot of talking in Archangel. Your character is constantly making smart-ass remarks á la Iron Man, and your support team has a few one-liners as well. We can only imagine this will be expanded on in the full game, making for a pretty fun walk through a warzone.
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
The humorous banter between the MC and his comrades is great and pulls the game together, as many times you find yourself thinking exactly what he says, like “Where's my rocket launcher!?”.
After walking through the war zone and defeating all that came my way, I felt invigorated and like I needed more! Unfortunately, the demo was over, but not without adding Archangel to my must-buy-when-it-comes-out list!
- Very realistic graphics and rendering really put you in the cockpit of a giant mech!
- A perfect melding of VR and Touch controllers makes the experience real
- Easy to learn controls
- You’re directed through the game which makes it feel like you don’t have much freedom. (Though that was just the demo, that may change in the full game).
Honey's Final Verdict:
Another group that will probably get hooked on Archangel are people like Honey’s Anime readers! As Archangel is all about being inside a giant mech like the ones we are so used to seeing in anime, it will be like a dream come true for tons of anime fans who may or may not have been into FPS games to begin with. Yours truly most definitely included!
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