What happens to a football player when his performance with scoring header goals start to become sub-par? Well, he gets sent to football rehab of course.
Headmaster VR represents just that solution to all football coaches’ problems. When their players aren’t performing well then they can simply send them to jail, ahem, rehab so the good ‘doctor’ can set their heads straight. Towards the oncoming ball in front of the big scary goalie. Headmaster VR released for PSVR last year and then came to HTC Vive and Oculus Rift this September. It’s available on Steam at a $19.99 price tag. I got to give the game a try using the Vive.
Check out my gameplay video below:
Admittedly the first thing I noticed in Headmaster VR was that the scale felt very off. So not only did everything on the field seemed too big, and it seems I was bigger myself and it felt like I was hovering in the air the whole game through. But luckily it wasn’t that big of a distraction. Especially since my focus quickly shifted to the balls sailing straight for my head. No hands were used during this game. Not even once. So begone controllers!
The ball physics in Headmaster VR is well done, which is to be expected since it’s the main feature of the game. However, it was frustrating to get the ball where I wanted it to go. Sometimes it felt more like plain luck than any skill was the cause when I did score a goal where I had been aiming. So while I found the gameplay in Headmaster VR very challenging, I’m no football (or sports games for that matter) fan in the least, which could have added to the overall difficulty of the game. Plus, I’m exceptionally terribly at aiming with my head, apparently. So the point here is that while I found Headmaster VR challenging, you might find the game quite a bit less challenging.
Anyway, the goal here is to score as many points as possible so that you can earn enough stars on each level in order to make it to the exams. Once you pass the exams you’ll be released from this strange place – supposedly. It’s as simple as that, really.
Come Fix This Carl
Headmaster VR sports some good voice acting and a well-scripted narrative. To be honest, the funny commentary by the guy who’s running the football rehab as well as some of the other story elements, like secret messages from Carl (the tech guy/lackey) made this game much more interesting to me. Not to mention the creative take on header goals! From trying to break a pînata to exploding balls and even bowling. The developers certainly went all out creative with this one – even though the general gameplay premise stays the same. Simple football be damned and let the wacky antics commence!
To be honest, I’m not a big sports fan (yay sports!) and I generally avoid sports-themed games religiously. So my enthusiasm upon entering Headmaster VR was nigh upon zero. However, even I could appreciate the simple fun that this game offers as well as the comedic part of it. So if sports games are generally not your forté either, don’t just skip over this game. Because it does actually offer a good time. Well, mostly because you wouldn’t really be able to experience this type of gameplay outside of VR – or at least, it wouldn’t be as much fun.