Eagle Flight Review – Fly like a bird in virtual reality

Oct

23

2016

In summary

Eagle Flight expected criticism of his audiovisual effects, lack of content and arduous matchmaking. Yet it is not a bad game. In fact, it is one of the best VR games that are currently available. At high speeds along, over, under and by flies buildings in Paris is spectacular and great fun to do. The technique thereby also still works fine, because he translates the smallest head movements closely to movements in the game. It works very fine in the single player mode, but it culminates in multiplayer, as players play daredevil antics in an effort to stabbing each other the better of.
pluses

Technique works well
Flying is fun
good learning curve
Tension in multiplayer

Negative points

Audiovisual some simple
Singleplayer quickly boring
Not much content
Matchmaking works moderately

final Verdict
Tweakers zegt: 7
Price for publication: € 39.99
Available from: € 36.94
Tested version: Eagle Flight, Playstation VR
It’s the big, prestigious names like Battlefield and Call of Duty that can count on the most attention during the autumn, but there was obviously much more. This autumn brought Indeed, even if the release of the PlayStation VR, a first console alternative to the already longer available being Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Those two are for that matter more briefly in the shadows, but now will probably change. Since Tuesday, October 18th is Eagle Flight Ubisoft officially available for Rift and Vive while PSVR version should be available by early November. And that’s fine, because Eagle Flight is perhaps the best VR game we have played so far.

Eagle Flight moving the player into a bird. The Oculus Rift, HTC Vive or – from November 8 – PlayStation VR on your head, you look down on Paris, which from that moment through the eyes of a bird is your playground. This Paris has a unique look. Ubisoft has chosen a cartoon esque graphic style: simple but effective. In addition, the Eagle Flight Paris is a huge colorful. The reason for this is that the nature Paris has recovered for themselves. Buildings are in disrepair, the well-known landmarks are overgrown by trees and plants, while the streets are filled with wildlife.

This is a fun, brightly whole, but there is a caveat. The simple graphical style is necessary in order to allow the action of Eagle Flight. This is noticeable when you send; at that time appears at the sides of your a black image blur, so that the field of view becomes smaller. It’s clear that Ubisoft must deal cautiously with the available computing power. The graphics quality is not disturbing, but the black spots around the image we had at first to get used. The narrowing of the field of view is also not fine. So playing there certainly limitations, whether arising out of restrictions of what the hardware can handle or or not.
head Movements

Nevertheless, we are also particularly positive about the performance of the hardware. The accuracy of the technique picks up your movements in the game translates to steering is impressive and works very well. The game teaches players early in the game how the control fits together: Move your head up and down to control upwards or downwards, and tilt your head to move left and right. Nice detail: instinctively turn your head to the left and right to steer. That works, but by tilting your head – move your ear to your shoulder – you can make sharper turns, and which is necessary if you want the best fly through Paris.

Do you except a decent PC and a VR-set need anything else? Yes: a controller. We used the Xbox One controller. This triggers are important, lets you speed up and slow down. You can also birds and other animals ‘attacks’ by a scream at them to shoot she provided touch, from the air, and also to protect yourself against a similar attack by temporarily activate a shield. In the initial phase of the game that still plays a minor role, but later in the game and in multiplayer it is an important part of the gameplay.

Stars gather in singleplayer

Although you could argue well that Eagle Flight particularly about the multiplayer mode, it is smart for anyone to get started with that. Getting used to the Eagle Flight plays and learn to deal with Paris and the routes that you can use is a necessity. There you can use for the Free Flight mode, but the game also has a game mode in which the player took some more handy. In the story mode you’re a young bird learning slowly how life in the air is like. Step by step you become acquainted with your movements, what there is to do in the city, and the possible dangers that come with it.
three stars

The path leads past a series of missions and optional challenges that work according to the well-known ‘star’ principle of mobile games: you get a time or one score and based on that you earn three, two, one or no stars. Obviously, the intention is that you download all the stars, but we finally thanked for. Although the missions are not necessarily the same, it usually takes it to fly through narrow corridors and streets as quickly as possible. That remains spectacular to do, but because it’s in the story mode still remains mainly a race against the clock starts the fun a bit from it at some point.

Eagle Flight

By the end of the story it is more fun, because you something stronger AI enemies get in front of you, in the form of fast, agile hawks. At that time, challenges the game players something more to use their strategic thinking. This allows you to dodge attacks by clever by diving through passages and hide behind houses to try to get enemies in sight. Eventually his battles against the AI ​​is not too difficult, but they give you a good idea of ​​the kind of action that later is waiting in the game’s multiplayer mode.
Reason to accomplish challenges?

After finishing the story, which in an hour or four or five have to do – and perhaps even faster – there’s little reason to linger long in the Story Mode. The elite certainly challenges provide enough challenge, but the game will not provide sufficient reason to actually want to accomplish these daunting challenges. There is the city and the activities are just not attractive enough. Especially in the subway tunnels, where you need to accomplish the most difficult challenges, frustration sets in, especially if there is no real answer comes to why you want to get even hell necessarily those third star. The same can be said about the various collectibles. Finding feathers in inaccessible places and fish out of the water is nice, but it does not last forever. At its best in multiplayer

At the time that the single player portion of the game ‘fun factor’ which begins to lose, the multiplayer can help. As mentioned, probably the strongest aspect of the game, and the reason that we are much more positive about Eagle Flight now you might think. In this mode, up to three players playing against another team of three players play a game of “capture the flag”, but in Eagle Flight style. Somewhere on the map spawns a prey and both teams should get to see grab prey and bring their own nest. Failing that, you score a point, and logically win the team with the most points.
dogfights

The additional layer is that you can shoot each other out of the sky, in the manner as explained on the previous page. Help teammates, giving each other cover, and make good use of the shelter that lets you layer on the ground is essential. And then Eagle Flight at best. When you go at top speed through the streets of Paris and “feel” the presence of enemies, the tension rises. When you notice that your daredevil feats were too much for your pursuers, give it a kick. The best kite wins in many cases, and that’s nice. The dogfights that arise with the “screech-attacks” provide fine action.

Eagle Flight

Yet there are also noticing things on the mode, to start the matchmaking. Whether it is because the servers are not working properly, or simply because there are few people in the game or after the release bought: we could not find very often no matches. That’s a problem for a game that only really fun when you play against other gamers. Once you are playing, then it can happen that you have no chance immediately after a run scored for the next point. The reinstatement of the prey happens almost immediately and then the middle of the map. Good chance that you will get from your opponents who were closer to the center never close from your nest, and the nest is of course on the other side. A small delay in the respawn of the prey would have been solved. Perhaps an idea for a patch?
May it be an ounce more?

All in all, the multiplayer is definitely nice. And after ten jars that still the case. Yet each time, although slowly come the realization that there must be had more. A leaderboard tournament form, maybe some other types of games than just saying ‘capture the flag’ game just more content. It now remains with the individual pots against random opponents, and that is unfortunate. The feeling that more could have been done with very fine gameplay dominates quite a bit, especially with the not too tender price of four decades in mind.
Conclusion

Eagle Flight is the first Mon-only game we give a full review on this way. That entails a problem, because what is the reference? Where is the bar for a VR game? And forty euro Eagle Flight takes much or little for a VR game? That leaves now difficult judge. Fact is that Eagle Flight is one of the first full VR games is that we see come to market. At the same time Eagle Flight one of the best VR games that we played so far. Like a bird flying through Paris is nice. That Paris looks somewhat simple and that the field of view is not optimal, is unfortunate, but no big deal. The game offers little because content is more annoying, and the same may be said of the matchmaking, which regularly fails to arrange a game. So has Eagle Flight, despite the high fun factor that has the game, yet also some problems that are a too high valuation in the way. Then Ubisoft has delivered one of the best VR games at the moment. Put something more content in a possible successor, and the future looks very nice.
pluses

Technique works well
Flying is fun
good learning curve
Tension in multiplayer

Negative points

Audiovisual some simple
Singleplayer quickly boring
Not much content
Matchmaking works moderately

final Verdict
Price for publication: € 39.99
Available from: € 36.94
Tested version: Eagle Flight, Playstation VR

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