From Free Lives, the studio that created the maniacally cartoonish games Broforce and Genital Jousting comes a new gory title specifically for VR. And Gorn is as unapologetically over the top as their previous games.
Gorn is a gladiator simulator that exists for pure, gruesome glory and you won’t find any deep meaning here. So if you’re not into swinging maces and decapitating big cartoonish brutes then this game is not for you. But if you are, then make sure you’re ready to put your gladiator shoes on and clear some space because you will ruin your controllers with this game. Gorn is now available on Early Access on Steam for $14.99, for both HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
We got to give Gorn a try and it was a hilariously garish experience. So check out my gameplay video below (played on HTC Vive):
Let’s start off with saying that Gorn is one of the best battle games I have played in virtual reality so far. The game’s physics is just as wacky as it’s characters and I definitely had a fun, if breathless, time in Gorn.
Using hand-swinging locomotion I nervously made my way to the big brown door in what looks like a dungeon and pulled the lever. I then found myself in a sandy arena with a crowd of garishly big headed men all staring at me with big protruding eyes. Or well it looked like it since most of them looked a little cross-eyed. The king above me states that I should salute him to show I’m ready and as soon as I do my opponent starts advancing. A big brute of a man with teeny legs – someone definitely skipped leg day – he swings his mace in my direction and I can feel my heart giving a little jump as I try to duck while giving him a good swing of my own.
Nothing is sacred in this game as limbs get torn off, ribs are exposed and I can see half of the brute’s skull is exposed. But he’s still going! Luckily a good beheading saw him going down and staying there this time. I have won and the crowd cheers while they throw coins onto the bloodsoaked ground. As with any good gladiator, my viciousness has been rewarded. But I wouldn’t say I was a particularly good gladiator because I died quite a few times in Gorn. So while becoming a killer for sport is definitely not a future employment option for me, I still enjoyed the carnage very much.
It’s Gory, Garish and Absolutely Fun
Say what you will, but desperately whacking bald headed guys on steroids somehow led to a very invigorating feeling – not to mention the great workout I was getting from swinging my mace like I was at an 80’s disco. Yes, it was violent and extremely gory, even unapologetically so. So if you’re going to protest that this type of violence in VR gaming is unacceptable then go right ahead, but I seriously doubt the guys over at Free Lives will care.
In Gorn you can go absolutely ballistic in round after round as the game rewards you for doing crazy things like killing a foe with his own severed arm. As for the physics, don’t expect anything resembling reality in Gorn. Clearly, the developers decided to steer straight into the flaws of game development rather than avoiding them, since you’ll see stretching limbs and absurd weapon movement in this game. However, it definitely works in adding to the comedic aspect of the game since the opponents sometimes get themselves into inexplicably horrific, yet laughable situations.
So if you’re looking for a roaring good time with big, goofy characters and chaotic confusion in a free for all brawl then make sure to check Gorn out. It’s out on Steam now for Rift and Vive at a 25% launch discount.
Developer: Free Lives
Publisher: Devolver Digital
Release Date: 10 July 2017