Desert Bus VR

Dinosaur Games and Gearbox Publishing have recently rolled out a free-to-play version of the game Desert Bus... for VR headsets. It's based on the 1998 mini-game featuring Penn and Teller, and sees players making an eight hour roadtrip from Arizona to Nevada. And that's awesome... right?

The game sees players taking the wheel of a commercial passenger bus while traveling at only 45mph while moving from one state to the next. The game's VR traveling title is currently available on the Steam store as a free-to-play title that offers room-scale experience for anywhere between one and up to four players.

The game also features all the ups and downs of traveling in a bus, including having to restart if you find yourself broken down by the side of the road.

The ability to join with three of your friends to venture from Tuscon, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada could prove to be a ridiculous bit of fun.

So what exactly do you do in the game? Well, it's more of a VR miscellaneous title, allowing players to move around the bus and examine the other passengers, check out some of the junk in the driver cab or just soak in the scenery.

One of the most significant elements of Desert Bus is the "Desert Bus for Hope", which is a charity drive that ties into the game's streaming culture, where those who tune into the streams can pledge donations toward the Desert Bus for Hope 2017 campaign charity drive.

The reviews for the game range from meme-worthy to meme-tastic. Really, if you're interested in any kind of honest feedback it's far and few between. A lot of the user reviews quip about the cumbersome controls for the steering wheel, for the constant crashing, and the fact that there isn't much to the game other than just driving the bus.

Nevertheless, some people seem to enjoy the ridiculously silly VR title given that there aren't any other games out there quite like it.

Many other VR games focus on competitive PvP shooting, or PvE shooting, similar to Robo Recall or Rigs or Until Dawn: Rush of Blood for the PlayStation VR. In this case, Desert Bus VR is a casual game that's similar in ways to Job Simulator.

Given that this title is free-to-play you really don't lose much by giving it a go. It's a rather small title, requiring only 700MB worth of space. However, you will need a hefty GPU, at least a GTX 970 or an AMD Radeon R9 290.

If you can muster the requirements you can give this odd game a go. It supports both room scale and sitting positions, so if you want to explore the bus by walking around if you have an HTC Vive or the Rift bundle that comes with the motion detectors, you can definitely do so. Alternatively, you can use either the motion controllers, the keyboard and mouse, or a gamepad to control the bus. You can grab a digital copy right now from over on the Steam page or check out more user reviews to see if it's your cup of tea.

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