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One of the things we've been seeing a lot lately is how VR has been tying into movie universes -- mostly sci-fi and action films. And, the hot new John Wick: Chapter 2 has a tie-in VR experience called John Wick Chronicles.
John Wick Chronicles is a small $19.99 first-person shooter based on the movie of the same name. It puts players in the role of titular character John Wick, the former top-gun assassin. It takes place in the Continental Hotel, a supposed safe haven for assassins of the trade.
The game uses disembodied floating hands to represent Wick, but players will still get to see all sorts of fancy weapons in those disembodied hands as they make their way through the hotel.
Much like other arcade shooters in the past, such as Time Crisis or Lethal Enforcers or Virtua Cop, you'll have to think fast and react even faster in order to avoid being gunned down. Wick has the ability to dodge, much like Razing Storm or other games in the Time Crisis series, so players will have to pick their shots and take cover to avoid being killed.
It's nice that developers Grab Games, Big Red Buttons and GamecoStudios decided to make sure that John Wick Chronicles was a tactics-based shooter instead of just an on-rails arcade shooter. The extra option to hide and take cover gives the game a bit of replayability as opposed to just playing whack-a-mole with guns.
Graphically the game isn't bad looking at all. The models look good and the environments are highly detailed. Based on the footage popping up online the game has fairly solid shooting mechanics and the gunplay looks solid.
I do kind of wish that the hands weren't disembodied, though. Also, there's no real way to see how much ammo is in the gun and reloading is done like Virtua Cop where players simply aim off-screen. It is pretty neat how you can use your second hand to guide your gun arm. There is no reticule on-screen so you'll have to actually use the motion controllers to manually aim based on your own peripheral vision, which is pretty cool.
It's not surprising that StarBreeze would publish the game given that they also helped make Payday 2 a smash hit. This isn't to say that John Wick Chronicles is going to be the next Payday, I mean it's a single-player VR game and it's fairly linear and doesn't have a fraction of the content as Overkill Software's long-running shooting heist game.
However, speaking of Payday, for people who pre-ordered the game you'll receive a free John Wick playable character in Payday 2. It's a cool little nod to Starbreeze's other published game. You can pick up a copy of John Wick Chronicles right now from over on the Steam store for $19.99, exclusively for the HTC Vive.