I love music-based games. Guitar Hero and DJ Hero used to be really fun, but these days I’ve been playing music-based games in VR with such games as Beat Saber and Moon Rider. While both these games are pretty physical in nature, some players would much prefer a game that isn’t quite as physically tolling on their bodies so we get a game like the new Avicii Invector: Encore Edition to play with. Published by Wired Productions and developed by Hello There Games, Avicii Invector: Encore Edition is a musical and visual experience featuring the music of Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, famously known as AVICII. While AVICII is no longer with us, this game continues AVICII’s vision of bringing new ways to experience his music.
Let’s start with the obvious. Avicii Invector: Encore Edition totally works in virtual reality. There are some VR games that have no business being in VR and those that just don’t work well in VR, but Avicii Invector: Encore Edition isn’t one of those. This is a game that showcases just how good a VR experience can be and it does so beautifully. The game does a wonderful job fully immersing you into the gameplay as well as the music that is the heart of the experience.
In Avicii Invector: Encore Edition, you fly a ship across Avicii’s music scores. Think Guitar Hero, but instead of strumming guitar chords, you’re flying a ship over the buttons and movements you need to perform. The ship is reminiscent of something you’d see in Star Fox except that the ship and everything around it is covered in brightly colored shades of neon. This of course is the perfect atmosphere for Avicci’s music. It’s even more impressive in VR as you watch the entire landscape move by you. That’s something you just can’t experience playing this game on television and playing it in VR just makes it grander.
Now, as I had pointed out above, Avicii Invector: Encore Edition isn’t as physically tolling as other music-based rhythm games in VR. You don’t have to swing your arms around or punch blocks. Instead, you just need to press a series of buttons or joystick movements when they tell you to. It’s actually pretty simplistic and not quite as challenging as some other games are. However, that doesn’t make it any less fun and I do appreciate the fact that even if you’re really terrible at this game, the music still continues along to the end.
And that’s kind of what I really like about it. It’s more laid back than some of the other games and doesn’t keep you from enjoying Avicii’s music and the atmosphere and experience this game brings you.
So should you pick up Avicii Invector: Encore Edition on the Meta Quest 2 platform? Well, if you have a form of this game already on other consoles, it’s basically the same except for now being more immersive and in virtual reality. It would be up to you if you want to experience it more fully than ever before. However, if you’ve never played this game before, this version of the game I believe is the best version of it due to the experience. I should note that not everyone can handle fast-moving VR, especially if you get motion sickness, but I had no issues at all with this, which isn’t usually the case. So yeah, this game is pretty good and one that I’ll definitely keep in my library as a showcase for my friends so they can see how cool VR can be.
Disclaimer: Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.
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