Ever heard of aliens and zombies in a football game? Well, now you have. Because Turkish developer Codemodeon has released the early access version of their game Header Goal VR. And like the name suggests, it’s not so much a football game as it is.. a headball game?
VR sports is picking up, as we had the first basketball VR game released this month and now it’s soccer’s turn. But instead of a Fifa-esque experience, you’re transported into the story of the up and coming soccer player, Axel Rix. He is the newest star player for the England National Football Team, but something (likely inexperience) caused him to lose his team’s last few matches because of missed head goals. After media pressure causes him to have a breakdown he gets kicked off the team. So, in a bid to save his career, he starts a training regime to improve his heading technique and that’s where you come in.
As you can see, the game mostly consists of you hitting goals or objects using your head and a soccer ball. The goals themselves count towards score points, but in order to get a high score, you need to hit the goals in a certain order as well. The game has different levels that get harder as you progress. Later levels include spinning and moving goals/objects as well as goalies. Also, there’s some form of storyline interwoven with the different levels. Apparently, some things go awry as the story progresses, including an alien invasion and zombies. It will definitely be interesting to see how aliens and zombies fit into a soccer game.
Header Goal VR is Available on HTC Vive and Oculus Rift
Header Goal VR is available at a 10% discount (lasts until 29 November) on Steam for the HTC Vive. That means the game will cost you about $6.67 instead of the normal $7.42 price tag. It’s also available for Oculus Rift users at a higher $9.90 price tag. The early access version has 10 chapters that include different levels (they haven’t made it clear how many levels there will be per chapter). But the developers said that after early access they will be adding two additional chapters with 10 new levels each and features like a new zombie theme and endless mode.
-Story Based Gameplay
-Physics based, natural and realistic heading dynamics
-Fully dynamic lighting
-Destroyable, breakable objects
-Unique and challenging levels
-Easy to Learn, difficult to master game dynamics
-Multi-Language User Interface
-Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Support
This game looks like an interesting take on the soccer genre and early access reviewers have given it a virtual thumbs up. Header Gear VR should make for a good abdominal workout at the very least. So if you’re into soccer (and heading particularly) then give this physics-based game a try.