Fingers-on with ‘Panther VR’ Stealth Motion Gameplay – Highway to VR

Wolfdog Interactive, a studio you may know from VR Dungeon Knight and Skyworld, launched a Kickstarter marketing campaign for his or her subsequent recreation: Panther VR. We went hands-on with an early pre-alpha construct of this stealth-action recreation.

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In Panther VR you’ll develop into a Panther Agent after being recruited by a world secret group of grasp thieves who work for the best bidder. The builders promise a sandbox the place you’ll be able to select the way you play. Go silent and stealthy or go gun blazing, it’s as much as you. The missions you tackle are randomly generated and limitless in a number of pre-build places. The sport is at present crowdfunding on Kickstarter.

We had the possibility to check out a pre-alpha demo of the sport, so on this article and video, I’ll share my first impressions.

Within the demo, I used to be in a position to play by one 15-minute mission. I already had two weapons at my disposal: a two-handed rifle, and a handgun with a silencer. I additionally had entry to 2 devices, a grappling hook and a remote-controlled car. You open your stock by holding a button, and should you let the button go after hovering your arm on the merchandise you need, you’ll equip the merchandise. This spatial interface permits for fast-paced motion.

The primary a part of the demo confirmed what the stealth mode is like. In a single space, I needed to discover a solution to transfer from one door to a different. In between, there have been cameras and guards. I may both take them out utilizing my gun or attempt to sneak in stealthily. I selected the latter.

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There have been a number of decisions to take down guards. I may stab them with a screwdriver that would kill them or hit them at the back of the top with a wrench after which drag their our bodies out of sight to keep away from elevating suspicion. I additionally had the choice to distract them by throwing objects that I discovered round me. If a guard detected me, the detection degree raises. I may then select to cover behind a counter or in a locker to attend till the detection degree was regular once more.

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Completely different goals wanted varied devices too. I needed to deploy my drone on wheels for one in all them. I gained management over the drone by holding a pill with two arms after which utilizing the controller’s thumbsticks to drive it round. On the pill’s display, I used to be in a position to see what the drone’s digital camera noticed. Utilizing it to drive by a small vent right into a locked room I may hack a router to open the door to finish the target.

The second a part of the demo was extra action-packed. After opening a vault, I needed to defend the world from waves of armed safety forces till I used to be in a position to escape. Whereas I ran to the extraction level, I encountered extra safety forces and the fight activated bullet-time at particular places, making me really feel fairly cool as I shot the guards in gradual movement.

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Even in its pre-alpha state, the sport already reveals a excessive degree of polish. So it seems promising to me, and I’m excited to see extra. On the time of this writing, the marketing campaign has raised almost 80% of its funding aim on Kickstarter with two weeks remaining.

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