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Crytek's Climb VR virtual reality game is currently available on the Oculus Store as an Oculus Rift exclusive. The new app sees players donning their headset and climbing around various objects and locations. The new launch trailer showcases the beautiful and terrifying challenges players will face.
Shacknews spotted the launch trailer for Crytek's new first-person climbing game where players take on the role of disembodied hands climbing around various canyons, valleys, cliffsides and mountains.
The trailer covers some basic rock climbing, where it appears as if players will have to put their floating, disturbing looking, disembodied hands on certain areas to climb up the surfaces. Speaking of those disembodied hands... I wasn't the only one thoroughly put off from seeing the lack of arms on display. What made it worse is that in the multiplayer mode when you see other players climbing around, it's just hands... no actual bodies... just hands.
There have been some technical explanations as to why there are just hands on display in The Climb, but at the end of the day it looks vastly inferior as a first-person experience when compared to games like Mirror's Edge or Dying Light.
Anyway, there will be leaderboards for players to attempt to climb up by climbing as fast as they can through the different levels.
The Climb features three different locations, the Alps, Bay and the Canyon. Each one is inspired by various real life locations and landscapes across the United States, with the Canyon obviously taking strong inspiration from the Grand Canyon in Arizona.
There are also a number of visual delights sprinkled throughout the experience to give gamers a very eventful reward for their climb, ranging from seeing jets flying overhead, to seeing a crowded concert down below, or experiencing a fireworks display. It's not all just endless rock climbing.
However, if you do want to experience endless types of rock climbing, The Climb does feature an endless practice mode with a procedurally constructed rock face for players to exercise their skills on. Additionally, there's a Tourist Mode, so you can just soak in the sights with your Oculus Rift headset without worrying about falling to your death or racing against time to top the leaderboards.
I imagine anyone suffering from a fear of heights or anyone who easily succumbs to vertigo will want to steer clear of this game, but those looking for a challenging rock climbing title might enjoy Crytek's foray into extreme sports for the Oculus Rift.
The Climb is available right now, exclusively for the Oculus Rift. Some gamers are a little miffed that this isn't available for the HTC Vive but I'm sure there will be patches, hacks and software updates made available from within the community that will ensure that the game will have compatibility with the Vive. You can pick up a digital copy of The Climb for $49.99.