Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR for the Oculus Quest is a light-hearted shooter, where you follow a story as it unfolds. The game offers three chapters with different characters and settings as well as over 30 levels to explore as you go through the story.
The graphics are pleasing to look at; they offer cartoonish visuals with plenty of color and smooth 3D models. The sound is equally as good, the narrator’s voice is high pitched but will always remain enthusiastic even during his most fearful moments; where he will shiver and quake in his boots.
The gameplay throughout Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR just works well for this type of game. Movement is controlled with the joystick, opening doors or picking up objects are done using a button on the left controller, and shooting is mapped to another button on the right one. Ammunition for your gun isn’t limited in any way so feel free to fire away with reckless abandon. The game does offer ammunition crates however if you need more bullets for your revolver or grenades for your grenade launcher during any given level, but be aware that these are few and far between.
And while there are no enemies with unfair amounts of health nor boss fights with stages lasting longer than necessary, Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR still manages to be mildly challenging on some levels. There were only a few times where I felt particularly inclined to yell out something along the lines of “Screw you developers!” as I was killed by a bunch of rats that apparently were all super mutants or something.
The story leans more towards humorous than serious and the characters, while all children so maybe they aren’t too bright, still manage to be interesting and not annoying at all. The cartoonish visuals also help with this and there’s plenty of humor throughout the game both in cutscenes or just during gameplay. There were quite a few moments where I had to stifle laughter as well as one point where I actually burst out laughing because it came completely unexpected.
One chapter is entirely dedicated to shooting down waves after wave of enemy planes which was surprisingly fun and probably my favorite part of Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR.
The game does feel a bit short during the first playthrough, especially since you can’t die at any point in time or your progress gets reset. And while there are bonus levels available after the credits have rolled, I still felt like there could have been more to it considering how much effort was put into making various stages for each different level. But if you’re looking for a simple shooter that’s easy to pick up and just have fun with then this is definitely something you should check out in VR.
Guns’n’Stories: Bulletproof VR offers an enjoyable little story in cartoonish visuals with light-hearted humor spread across three chapters with over 30 levels total featuring different settings and characters where you shoot down waves of planes or fight through hordes of rats. While the game leans more towards funny than serious and offers no difficulty settings, it still manages to be somewhat challenging on some levels and never gets too frustrating even when dying from simple mistakes due to having been hit by an enemy from off-screen without being able to react fast enough.
The gameplay works well for what this type of game is trying to achieve with movement controlled using a joystick, opening doors or picking up objects done via a button on the left controller, while shooting is mapped to another button on the right one. There’s also no limit on ammunition so feel free to fire away without restraint. The story consists of mainly humorous parts throughout which helps keep things light-hearted and there are plenty of humorous moments to be found throughout the game in cutscenes or just when playing.
There were a few times where I had to stifle a laugh and there was even one point where I burst out laughing because of its unexpected nature. The short length of the story, however, along with the lack of any difficulty settings does make it feel a bit lacking but if you’re looking for a shooter that’s easy to pick up and just have fun with then this is definitely something worth checking out in VR.
Pros: Light-hearted humor done well not annoying at all characters are interesting without being annoying shooting works well throughout gameplay controls work very well levels offer different settings and enemies overall length feels right for what this type of game is trying to achieve
Cons: story feels a bit short doesn’t get too frustrating even when dying from simple mistakes lacks any difficulty settings can feel a bit lacking due to the length and lack of difficulty options
Rating: 7/10 -Good