Vindicta is a first-person shooter VR game that released on Early Access on Steam for HTC Vive. The game, created by Game Cooks, is available at $29.99 but is 33% off if you get it while the Steam Summer sale lasts.
Vindicta uses a unique combination of walking/shooting and climbing to immerse you in the character of Agent V. During the game you get to show off your great aiming skills to get headshots as you infiltrate an evil corporation called UB Industries. Apparently, the owner of the company has turned to the darker side and started building a robot army with which he plans to take over the world.
Check out our gameplay video of the first level below:
Jump, Hop and Skip Your Way Through UB Industries
Vindicta makes use of arm-swinging and trackpad (not teleport as I mistakenly said in the video) locomotion. I definitely preferred the arm-swinging as it felt more natural and I felt more badass when I was running and shooting at the same time. But that doesn’t mean that it’s perfect – yet. I did experience a strange glitch at times where I would swing my arms but I would stay in the same place. Which let me tell you can be quite frustrating when you’re being shot at from all sides.
Currently, the game only has a single player mode with 5 levels which should take you anywhere between 6 to 8 hours to complete – depending on how proficient you are when gunning down the robots. Me? Well, I died a number of times and had to learn to dodge better, so it took me quite a while to finish the game. What worked in the end with Vindicta was to keep moving – which is a tactic I employed throughout the game to stay alive – because the bullets the robots fire are much slower than your own.
When we met up with the studio at E3 last week, however, they did reveal that they’re planning a multiplayer mode, which will be “rolling out soon”. I can’t imagine how fast paced and crazy the multiplayer mode is going to be, but I’m curious to see how they will implement it. Apparently, they’re looking at a deathmatch type scenario with two teams of four people.
It’s a Very Polished Early Access Title
Even though Vindicta is an Early Access title, I definitely enjoyed the game and it was one of the better FPS/wave shooter types of VR games I’ve had the pleasure of playing so far. The game is also very polished, more so than some full release titles I’ve seen. Vindicta uses a scoring system where you gain points depending on how efficiently you kill your targets – so getting as many headshots as possible is the best tactic if you’re going for the high-score, obviously.
As for the enemies, in the video you’ll see there are quite a number of different enemies in Vindicta, including mechanical spiders, drones and ‘normal’ robots. There was also a lot more that wasn’t shown in the video, like beetles that explode acid in your face and wasp-like robots that try to temporarily blind you. Vindicta also tries to make use of the unique capabilities of the VR hardware to make you feel like you’re actually there – whether it’s climbing up a ladder or crawling through an air vent that could decapitate you at any moment. Which is the type of gameplay elements that make an FPS just a tad more interesting than point, run, shoot and repeat. It’s something that I personally want to see more of.
What do you think of Vindicta? Leave a comment below and let us know! If Vindicta sounds like something you would like, then make sure to check Vindicta out on Steam while you can still catch the launch discount.
Developer: Game Cooks
Publisher: Game Cooks
Release Date: 20 June 2017