Strategy games have seen a comeback in a big way with VR. I think it’s because the battle becomes so much more engrossing when you can see the units and buildings around you. Or in the case of popular strategy titles like Brass Tactics, Skyworld, and now newly released League of War: VR Arena – on a tabletop in front of you.
Originally a mobile game, developer Munkyfun announced that they will be releasing a VR version of the game back in August this year. Now the game is finally here, as a Playstation VR exclusive. The game arrives on the PlayStation Store today at a $19.99/€23.99/£18.99 price tag.
Check out the trailer below:
What makes League of War: VR Arena instantly attractive is its social element. No, not just against opponents online as per the usual, but actually against the friends and family in your living room. Because this arena-based arcade wargame not only features the classic player versus AI campaign mode, it also features a unique head-to-head mode. This mode allows a VR player to play against a non-VR opponent in the same room, playing on the TV using the Social Screen feature. Though you’ll certainly want to play through the campaign mode as well because that’s how you earn customization options for your squads.
True Squad Goals
As for the gameplay itself, League of War: VR Arena functions much the same as any other tabletop strategy game out there. One player places and aims units directly on the battlefield with the goal to destroy the opposing army’s towers and base. There are five spawn pads in the game for each player, and each pad spawns a different squad unit. The different unit types available in the game includes infantry, tanks, recon, choppers and artillery. Each unit costs energy and time to spawn though, so this is where you step in, general, and decide what tactic with which units will change the tide of the battle.
“League of War: VR Arena gives players two great ways to engage in strategic, tabletop-style combat commanded by virtual generals: as a single player game in Campaign mode, and in head-to-head Arcade battles with a human opponent on the couch next to you via innovative use of the Social Screen,” said CEO and Co-founder of MunkyFun, Nick Pavis. “Player feedback has been tremendous with VR players and Social Screen players both having a great time.”
Everything in League of War: VR Arena happens in real time, which means you’ll have to make some quick decisions during the fast-paced gameplay. If you want to win that is. So it’s time to rally the troops and ready the helicopters because things are about to get explosive.