Jump into a colorful world where cargo delivery is as much a sport as NFL racing and you can bet your grandma’s dentures that it’s just as much fun too.
From Virtual Arts, a software Company creating both content and technology for Virtual Reality, comes a new title called Cargo Racing VR. This will be their first gaming title for VR, but the experienced content team comes from the now defunct Sony Guerrilla Cambridge, which gave us titles like LittleBigPlanet, and RIGS for PSVR. This virtual racing game is now available on the GearVR at a $2.99 price tag on the Oculus Store.
Check out the trailer below:
Cargo Racing VR is an easy game to just pick up and play, and I think this game will probably be more universally loved by kids than adults. This is due to the simple game mechanics, which, while fun to try to master, isn’t particularly hard. The gameplay in Cargo Racing VR involves you driving a beach buggy-like truck across a race track that starts out as a simple straight line and then evolves into a twisting lane with lots of turns and surprises. The goal is to get your little truck from the start to the finish line as fast as possible, without dropping any cargo. So even though it’s simplistic in nature, the game is addictive and I spent a good while trying to beat my best time scores on various levels while keeping as much cargo as possible.
The actual driving in Cargo Racing VR is done by the little truck itself and I only had control over its speed, pushing the GearVR button to accelerate and letting go to slow down. Though it also works with the GearVR controller if you’re inclined to use that. So all I had to do at turns, for example, was release the button to go a little slower in order for the truck not to fall off the side of the track as it’s turning. That’s about the gist of the control this game lets you have.
Delivering All My Cargo! Woot Woot!
At certain points I would have liked to be able to have some control over the camera angle since there were times when it felt a little clunky. Plus it felt pointless to be able to play the game in 360° since all I would do was stare at the track anyway and sometimes look around me at the environment or to see what the track will be like further along.
There are 9 race tracks currently available in the game, though the studio has said that they’re working on adding more. Even so, you can already get about half an hour of gameplay out of it if you don’t replay any of the tracks.
Overall, I’d say this game is good for the novelty of it and would be great to play with your kids (or don’t it’s your choice, really) as well as other people who are new to VR and you just want something fun and competitive that you can pass along and play. Cargo Racing VR did have a few particularly challenging obstacles and the race tracks never felt exactly the same which is great. The game also has custom paint jobs and rewards to unlock. So it certainly does have replay value – especially if you’re extremely competitive like me and you want to reach the top of the global leaderboards.