Shooting gallery games are nothing new to the Virtual Reality scene. Since it’s earliest inception designers felt the best way to deal with motion sickness was to simply have the player stand in the one spot and allow enemies to come to them.
While this might seem a little odd for a game like Serious Sam which typically finds the hero running all over a map picking up loot and fighting enemies, for a game about shooting guns in the Wild West, thematically at least this makes perfect sense.
Further to that, shooting gallery games have been around since the 80’s with legendary titles such as Shootout, Cabal, Duck Hunt, Operation Wolf and ultimately more advanced titles such as Time Crisis and House of the Dead. Many of us can attest to shoveling plenty of coins into an arcade cabinet at the local parlour or pub while shooting at the screen with a light gun. Duck Hunt is arguably one of the most played shooting gallery games of all times.
With a plethora of shooting gallery games already on PC VR, any new title entering into the market has to bring something fresh to the table in order to stand out. Already my collection of VR titles on Steam includes several very generic shooting gallery games that I’m highly unlikely to return to.
So what does Guns’N’Stories: Bulletproof do that those other games rotting in my steam library don’t? Well for one, it’s not using generic Unity assets which makes for a nice change. It’s also had several layers of polish applied to the game, making sure that the visuals, lighting, audio, music, voice acting and more are all at a high standard. It has a storyline, a storyline that is actually pretty cool, humorous and you want to listen to and watch unfold.
You play the part of Grandpa, telling stories to his grandson (often with embellishments and shenanigans thrown in for good measure) about his time as a gun slinger in the Wild West. As the story progresses things get wilder, stranger and more hectic.
We passed the headset around here at the Pixel Pop office and everyone who played the game had a thoroughly enjoyable time with the game. Much like those shooting gallery games at the arcade we loved so bad in the 90’s, Guns’N’Stories: Bulletproof just has all the right elements to make you want to keep coming back to play the game a little more.
Guns’N’Stories: Bulletproof is currently an Early Access title on Steam and while in many cases this can mean a bug filled, glitchy mess, in this case it feels more like the developers Mirowin have really polished the mechanics and are now simply adding more content. At only $9.99 USD (~$12.78 AUD) it’s a solid investment if you are looking for an enjoyable VR experience for your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift that you’ll keep returning to.
I recorded some video of the game in action and this will definitely give you a better feel for the game –
Guns’N’Stories: Bulletproof VR is available as an Early Access title on Steam now – http://store.steampowered.com/app/685690/GunsnStories_Bulletproof_VR/
Reviewed On: Intel i7-6700k, Nvidia 1070GTX, 32GB DDR4, HTC Vive.