EVE: Valkyrie – Welcome to the next life – Review
Finally after attending 3 conferences last month I found some time to play EVE: Valkyrie on my Oculus Rift with the lowest priced Asus PC.
The ships in EVE: Valkyrie
You can choose between 3 different ships classes in EVE: Valkyrie:
The Fighter is designed to be a rookie-friendly ship that is deadly in most combat situations
The Heavy is intended as a mobile weapons platform whose primary role is to control an area of space.
The Voice – Sounds kind of familiar…
Rán Kavik, stalwart leader of the Valkyrie pilots, has been brought to life by the voice of critically acclaimed actress Katee Sackhoff, who has been featured in some of the biggest entertainment franchises of all time, including Battlestar Galactica, Riddick, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Katee is currently starring in Longmire.
I personally will always remember here a the thought Starbucks in the latest Battlestar Galactica series – even if I never full got over the fact that Starbucks is a woman compared to the classics. What was wrong with Dirk (Faceman) Benedict? Anyways, great performance Katee!
The Review and my Experience (Single Player)
As a Wing Commander and X-Wing fan I am biases if it comes to this subject and therefore probably entitled to write about space simulation games.
Obviously this is not a hardcore space simulation like, for example Elite Dangerous, but defiantly great fun if you just looking for an excuse to blow things up.
Making use of the HMD is great and gives you finally the freedom of looking around and searching for targets in your area. Also aiming at targets and locking missiles to those guys is too much fun. With this real sense of freedom and speed when using the speed acceleration probably.
While I was making a tight turn with reducing speed and looking further in the same direction thought the Cockpit I got Butterflies in my Stomach. This sensation is so cool! I could imagine real Jet Pilots having this as well, I guess with a bit more G-Force, but it defiantly works for me without possibly passing out like in real life.
This new kind of moving the head into one direction, while flying in another is a huge paradigm shift for most traditional FPS gamers, I would say. I exclude those people who use Head-trackers for hardcore simulations…
Only downside was that I had to register with an email before I could play the game. So while in VR mode, I had to take to Oculus off, and register on my monitor, then confirm my email, and then finally I could play the game again in VR mode. This happens luckily only once.
New game mode Carrier Assault
Experience the next level of space dogfighting with Carrier Assault, part of the first free content update for the multiplayer virtual reality game EVE: Valkyrie. Take down the enemy team’s fighters and cripple their defenses to infiltrate and destroy their Carrier. Your team will need tactics, coordination, and nerves of steel to win the day and take home the spoils of war.
Also can feel like Luke Skywalker and have a trench run like experience with getting inside the Carrier and blowing up the Reactor! So, may the Fork be with you!
It is defiantly a richer experience then it’s little brother Gun Jack, but obviously this is a different type of game.
I am sold! Where do I get it?
Well, you can buy Eve: Valkyrie on the Oculus Store now for 39.99 USD.
Or if you get an Oculus with a PC bundle you get it for free.
Some trailer to get you into the (space) mood if you are still waiting:
Some gameplay footage from last year, just to compare…
Here are the system requirements for EVE: Valkyrie and the latest Oculus:
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970/AMD R9 290 equivalent or higher
- Intel® Core™ i5-4590 equivalent or higher
- 8GB RAM or more
- compatible HDMI 1.3 video output
- 3 USB 3.0 ports plus 1 USB 2.0 port
- Windows 7 SP1 64-bit or later