Update: The 1.0 version update that launched on June 4th fully supports cross-play across the available platforms.
VR continues to receive new and fantastic video game releases each and every year. One of those games that came out last year as an early access title was Gunheart, a video game that we didn’t initially give our thoughts on but it has recently come out with a brand new update which adds new content along with some slight overhauls.
We won’t dive too deep into Gunheart since the title did already make an initial release back in July of 2017, just shy of a full year. This is a video game developed under Drifter, which is a studio that hosts a number of veterans from the video game development industry. According to their official website, players will find that the game was created by the same hands that helped bring out other franchises such as Gears of War, Call of Duty and Halo.
Gunheart is an arcade style FPS title which puts players together as they take on the role of a bounty hunter forced into slaying down alien bug-like creatures while collecting money along the way. Of course, there is a wide variety of weapons that you can equip and modify as you go through the campaign and mission levels.
Visually, the game is rather pretty, you’ll find yourself looking at the environments as you progress through the game’s missions. Likewise, the title does offer rather simple gameplay mechanics and an easy campaign to allow players the ability to drop into a game session with ease if they wish to dive in and play in short spurts.
However, as we made mention, the game has been out for a year but has recently received a big update. This update adds a ton of content to go through along with some slight changes to the mechanic which will make revisiting Gunheart worth it if you already own a copy of the video game.
Thanks to a press release that was sent over, we got a quick heads up as to what we can expect with this update. Players will find that there is a brand new game mode known as Horde and that essentially is the wave-based system in which players will have to try to survive a series of enemies for as long as possible. The longer you stay alive the more difficult the enemies become.
Speaking of enemies, Drifter did revamp the enemy mechanics a bit where you’ll find that they can spawn closer to you forcing players to stay on their toes. This will make it an even harder challenge for those who opt to jump into the new Lone Wolf mode where players can go through a mission completely by themselves in a harder difficulty than the Elite mode. With that said, Lone Wolf mode will only be unlocked when players gain three stars for a mission.
This update also means that players can tweak their robotic bodies as well. Overall, the updates are like upgrades to help with controls along with other abilities and attributes. Speaking of the robotic bodies you’ll be tossed in when you fire up Gunheart, players will now be able to customize the color of the body in order to give their protagonist a bit more personal style.
Before the movement system for this VR, title relied mainly on the teleportation technique that is present in several VR games. Drifter has updated their movement sets to help in not only navigating a bit easier but also improve the environments in order to avoid players being stuck in a specific area.
This is still very much a solid arcade style FPS VR video game and it has only gotten better with this new update. Again, much like how we made mentioned earlier, we suggest giving this game another go if you already purchased a copy when it was in its early access stage. However, if you have yet to try out Gunheart, the game can be purchased for $29.99 on the HTC Vive, Windows MR, and Oculus Rift. As for PlayStation VR players, the game is slated to come out sometime for your platform later within the year.
Full Disclosure: A copy of the game was provided for purposes of this article.