Gungrave VR E3 2018 Demo Impressions

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Traditional Action Roots with a New Twist

Gungrave wasn’t just a great dark, action anime, it’s also made its impression in the world as an action game that brings fans into Beyond the Grave’s world. After a 14-year slumber, the VR version of Gungrave aims to immerse players fully into a constant barrage of bullets, implementing things like time slowdowns to make the whole experience not just more interesting, but also more challenging.

  • Platform: PlayStation 4/Windows PC
  • Genre: Action
  • Release Date: Fall 2018
  • Publisher: XSEED Games
  • Players: 1 player

After the fierce battle to eradicate the nefarious drug SEED, resurrected gunman Beyond the Grave (or just Grave to his friends) resumed his slumber with Mika Asagi watching over him. But even after defeating of Garino Corsione, the distribution of SEED continued and Mika set out to hunt down all traces of it across the world. After 14 years, Mika tracked the manufacture of SEED to South City, which was in the grip of a wave of new infections. The appearance of new Orgmen—monsters transformed by the drug—turned the city into a battlefield. Mika remembered the faces of all those she had lost in the fight against evil, especially those of her father and mother; and resolved to set up base in South City.
After Mika requests Grave’s help, he and his Cerberus will take to the streets to defeat a new group of Orgmen and stop the flow of SEED once and for all.


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The E3 demo had two different settings available; one in third person and one in first-person. The third-person version was set in the city streets where Orgmen come out from all directions to attack the dark anti-hero. As if that wasn’t enough, there are turrets on rails above you shooting from all directions as well! While moving Grave is done with the left joystick, in this mode, aiming is done by simply turning your head towards the target, making it easier than the non-VR alternative.

The first-person demo was more of a rail shooter-type thing where Grave is on top of a train while all kinds of enemies -Orgmen and monsters- come up from either side and above and attack mercilessly.

Now, the controls are super easy. You can shoot non-stop by holding down the trigger, though your gun will overheat and stop working, which means you need to let it cool off. But no need to wait, as there is a button for that too! In both the first and third-person settings, you can swing Cerberus to either hit nearby enemies (third person) and to deflect incoming attacks in the first-person stage.

“Bullet time” is a power used to slow down time Matrix-style which allows you to aim and see projectiles coming at you, allowing for more accurate shooting, but it isn’t unlimited and sometimes you’re getting attacked from so many angles it’s hard to keep your head on straight!

Gungrave VR - E3 Trailer

Final Thoughts

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The action/sooter combination is definitely something that lends itself greatly to the VR format. And if this was just the preview, we can only imagine what the finished game will look like! It’s fun, challenging, and a great way to hone our aiming skills or just let off some steam at the end of the day. You really can’t get more immersed in an anime world than by becoming the main character in their world through the magic of VR.

While the demo version had third-person as a mobile stage and first-person was stationary, both modes will be available in both perspectives, so that’s something to look forward to as well! Whether you’re a fan of the franchise or not, if you like action shooters and/or VR, this is a fun title to check out this fall! Are you excited about Gungrave VR? Did you get to play the demo too? Let us know in the comments!

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Author: Lizzy Nyanko

An otaku as far as I can remember. I grew up playing video games, watching anime in Spanish in Mexico where I grew up, and then was a member of both anime clubs at UTEP for my entire university life when I moved to Texas. I love going to cons, I used to cosplay (always hoping to get back into it), and I got to live in Japan for 2 years and be an otaku there! It was literally a dream come true! Now back in the US, I love being a writer and editor for Honey’s. It’s a great chance to keep up with all the latest anime each season and up to date with all otaku news. And without our readers, that wouldn’t be possible so, thank you for being a part of our hive!!

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