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  • Summary: ARKTIKA.1 is a highly immersive, action-packed, first-person shooter designed exclusively for Oculus Touch. Nearly a century in the future, the world has fallen into a new ice age in the aftermath of a silent apocalypse. Only the equatorial regions remain habitable, yet pockets of humanityARKTIKA.1 is a highly immersive, action-packed, first-person shooter designed exclusively for Oculus Touch. Nearly a century in the future, the world has fallen into a new ice age in the aftermath of a silent apocalypse. Only the equatorial regions remain habitable, yet pockets of humanity survive in small numbers all over the planet, hanging onto existence in the resource-rich territories to the north and south--resources that everyone wants to control... Protect the colony in the wastelands of old Russia from raiders, marauders, and horrifying creatures. Be the savior. Expand
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 10, 2017
    100
    So is Arktika.1 that ground breaking VR experience all the promotion material would have you believe? On the one hand no not really, it’s a good looking single-player FPS that’s a VR version of Metro when being really cynical. However, should Oculus Rift owners buy Arktika.1, then that’s a definite yes. There’s a good eight hours of gameplay on the easiest setting, with the hard difficulty just making progress all that more brutal. 4A Games has created a highly refined, polished videogame that’s a joy to play from start to finish.
  2. Nov 8, 2017
    80
    In some ways, ARKTIKA.1 feels like a step backward for 4A Games. Puzzles can be a chore to play through and the story doesn’t come close to matching the studio’s previous efforts. Despite these issues, there’s a ton of fun to be had in teleporting from cover to cover, blasting off bandits and monsters with cool guns. There’s little reason to revisit the campaign after one playthrough, but while it lasts, it’s a blast.
  3. Jan 11, 2018
    80
    Arktika.1 does not revolutionize the kind of shooter on rails but adapts it in a perfectly successful way to Virtual Reality.
  4. Oct 10, 2017
    70
    Arktika.1 is caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, it’s an extremely polished shooter with a longer-than-average campaign (for VR) and a structure closer to more traditional entries into the genre rather than the many wave-based alternatives available on headsets. On the other, its repetitive missions, unbalanced weapons and upgrade system and limited locomotion eventually took their toll, resulting in initially exciting levels with diminishing returns. The search for VR’s shooter king continues.
  5. Oct 24, 2017
    70
    While Arktika relies heavily on familiar mechanics, it definitely uses the unique powers of VR to create a shooter with a tense atmosphere and exciting gunplay. The mix of excellent graphics and surprisingly intense battles makes this one of the more enjoyable action games available on Rift.
  6. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 16, 2018
    60
    The highly entertaining gunplay is unfortunately undermined by a weak story, annoying puzzles and unnecessarily restricted gameplay. But fans of the genre will probably enjoy it anyway. [Issue#282]
  7. Oct 13, 2017
    57
    While the visuals of this postapocalyptic action are crisp and immersive, the AI as well as the unimaginative attack patterns make this a rather dull shooting gallery.

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  1. Oct 15, 2017
    10
    A rich VR experience with ever gorgeous visuals from 4A games. Mechanically its not much different from other VR game out there. But visuallyA rich VR experience with ever gorgeous visuals from 4A games. Mechanically its not much different from other VR game out there. But visually breathtaking with a captivating campaign. A bit too good looking for a 30 dollar VR game I'd say. Buy this game and support a brilliant developer like 4A games. Expand
  2. Oct 15, 2017
    10
    RoboRecall was good. Arktika 1 is better. At least in my opinion. I've always been fond of the looks of the Metro games and this is right upRoboRecall was good. Arktika 1 is better. At least in my opinion. I've always been fond of the looks of the Metro games and this is right up that alley (makes sense, same developer). Not only is it more atmospheric, it also has some horror elements thrown in for good measure. Using shadows and light in creative ways to change the mood and feel of the different locations and how you handle them. For instance, the more open boss-like areas are always well-lit. While the tunnel passages are dark and gritty, with enemies to match. It gives the game great diversity.
    I love the gun customization options. You could argue that the game is a bit on the easy side. But to be honest, that is how I like it. I just wanna feel like a bad-ass! Touch controls are really well implemented. Puzzles are also quite good, although a bit on the easy side. But I guess that's to be expected. It is a shooter after all. But easy as they are, they are quite creative in how to let the player manipulate the surroundings.
    My only real gripe is with the teleportation system. There's no other option than that. No free locomotion. I caught myself wanting to move all the time, but you can't. Or, rather, you can, but only to the few fixed teleport locations. It's not that it doesn't work, because it does, it's that I miss the freedom to explore. In other words, there absolutely no exploration in this game. And that's a bit sad.

    Looking over the existing VR games, this is definitely one of the gems. If you buy this and Lone Echo, you are set for many, many hours of fantastic VR gaming.
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