Acting as Epic’s first flagship VR title and free with the Oculus Touch, the arcade robot smasher Robo Recall is now available to download. With deadly malfunctioning robots rampaging through the city, it’s up to the player to shoot, smash and shut down these metal menaces through whatever means necessary.
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As is the case with most VR shooters, Robo Recall has players teleporting round environments using the Oculus Touch, shooting at incoming robots and trying to rack up as high a score as possible. There is clear Bulletstorm influences in Robo Recall, as players get special multiplers for performing flashy kills like throwing a bullet back at someone’s head or killing a robot with their stolen weapon. Much like Bulletstorm, Robo Recall’s tongue is firmly in its cheek so be prepare for a fair share of one-liners as you destroy wave after wave of android.
If you get close enough, you can actually pick up robots and use them as a weapon. You could simply grab two robots and slam their heads together, pick up a robot and chuck it into a crowd of its mates or even fling a robot high into the sky and then juggle it with a hail of bullets. Robo Recall wants you to be creative with your kills, so channel your inner action hero when trying to raise that high score.
Certain elements of Robo Recall just make you feel cool like the ability to fling your gun at a robot, having it bounce off its chassis and then return to you, fully loaded. You don’t even have to technically reload in Robo Recall, you just drop your current guns and grab new weapons from down by your hips.
Getting a high score in a mission unlocks upgrade stars, which can be used to attach laser sights or bigger magazines to weapons in your arsenal. Once you have selected your upgrades in the upgrade menu, you quickly test it on a VR shooting range before heading out to blow up more robots. Epic have tuned everything to work in VR and the team behind Robo Recall have had a hand in making the new VR editor coming to Unreal Engine 4.
If you have an Oculus Rift and a Touch, Robo Recall is free to download so you have no reason not to give it a whirl. It’s not very long, with only nine total missions but the thrill of achieving higher scores and trying out more badass techniques should keep players occupied for a fair while.