The only thing better than watching John Wick, is being John Wick – John Wick Chronicles Review [HTCVive]
If you don’t know about John Wick, then you’re missing out one of the grittiest, baddest, revenge movies ever made. There’s also a sequel which I still need to watch. But with the sequel, Lionsgate teamed up with Starbreeze to also bring us a game. Not just any game either, a John Wick VR game that lets you be John Wick! I’m so excited I used to correct italicization. The game is John Wick Chronicles and is available now on Steam VR for the HTC Vive.
John Wick Chronicles lets players become the feared assassin, John Wick. Players play as John Wick throughout a number of different missions where you take on an insurmountable amount of enemies as they approach you from all sides. There’s no real overarching story, you basically go to different places and have to take on hordes of enemies. It’s in no ways deep, but it’s strangely satisfying.
The gameplay is where the game shines. If you don’t like moving around, you will not like this game. But if you like the idea of actually being the badass you control your characters to be, this is the game for you. You have to duck and move around cover to prevent from dying, then pop up and out to take out your enemies. It’s a much more interactive Time Crisis type game. Basically, Time Crisis but 360 degrees, and instead of a pedal to get into cover, you have to physically get into cover. I’m personally a huge fan of games like this, and John Wick Chronicles nails it perfectly.
VR is the perfect medium for John Wick Chronicles. If you’ve seen the training Keanu Reeves, who plays John Wick, went through, this is probably the closest and cheapest way to attempt it. I’m not saying that this will make you remotely appear like an action star, but in terms of the physical energy required, this is as close as most of us will ever get. The graphics and sound are fully enveloping and really help place where you are and where the enemies are. If you hear a shot to your right, chances are if you turn right an enemy will be there. The game is so enveloping you sometimes think you can walk around the entire level when actually you’re limited to a square of space. What I really loved about the game is that the aiming felt like I was personally aiming down sights. This is where I found shooting games on the Wii really failed. In games like Time Crisis where the screen doesn’t move, it felt like you had to use a thumbstick to get to where you wanted to shoot. In games that had more fluid movement and aiming like an FPS game, the Wii would feel like a point and shoot game that could not be correctly calibrated. John Wick Chronicles is the exact opposite. The aiming is nearly perfectly in tune with how you would aim in a paintball match. There is something not quite perfect, but it is in no way a hindrance. If anything, it might be I’m not a good a shot as I think I am. The one downside is the connected wire, but that is a limitation of the technology and not the game.
John Wick Chronicles, like the movie, is simple but perfectly executed. The game does not have a larger deeper story, it’s simply kill or be killed. The gameplay is screen shooting games evolved! Or an FPS game broken down to the bare minimum. But the medium is what makes it a perfect fit for the game and the property. John Wick Chronicles is a heart pounding, adrenaline pumping, light-gun shooter that will have you work for each kill. Once you get the hang of it, it’s oddly rewarding, especially when you start doing the cool different shots from movies. I see a huge market for VR experience of famous shootout scenes coming to market in the near future because of this game. John Wick Chronicles gets a 9/10
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