GORN Review

GORN is a ludicrously violent VR gladiator simulaton. Featuring a unique, fully physics driven combat engine, GORN combatants will be able to creatively execute their most violent gladiatorial fantasies in virtual reality. Savagely strike down an infinite supply of poorly-animated opponents with all manner of weapons – from swords, maces, and bows to nunchuks, throwing knives, massive two-handed warhammers or even your blood-soaked bare hands.

The GORN character generator is a great addition to the game

GORN’s combat engine is physics-driven in order to facilitate the most emergent interactions possible within VR. Opponents will react realistically when struck on vulnerable points such as the head, arms or legs. Injured limbs will affect movement and blocking ability until treated by a healer. Combat is bloody and brutal yet responsive and fair.

GORN’s opposing gladiators are not smart. The premise of the game is that you will fight nameless, faceless masses of enemy gladiators, although there is a random chance that one of them will be an arena boss like Minotaur or Thalissar who fights more intelligently and has better combat skills

The best way I can describe Gorn is as a VR Punch-out!!. You enter the colosseum and find yourself surrounded by slow-witted but beefy men.

The Gorn Arena mode has modes ranging from barehanded to Dual Wield katanas, each with its own benefits and disadvantages. The character generator included with this game allows for the perfect mix of playstyle and weapon choice.

I am not able to comment on the multiplayer aspect of GORN, but I did get hands-on time at PAX East 2018 in an early Alpha state; it was extremely fun, even though the motion controls weren’t quite up to snuff (the demo was made using Oculus Rift motion controllers). Despite its current flaws, it’s already excellent fun – I personally cannot wait until the finished product is available!

GORN is currently available on Steam Early Access for HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality. A PlayStation VR release is planned for Spring 2019. It retails for $24.99 USD on Steam, with a 25% discount until April 27th .

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