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  • Summary: The definitive VR stealth experience, Espire 1: VR Operative drafts players as drone operators of the future. Players become “Espire Agents” and use cutting edge Virtual Reality hardware to remote-operate the Espire model 1 from the safety of their “Control Theatre.”
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Oct 7, 2020
    94
    Espire 1: VR Operative is not a mechanically perfect game. Sometimes, the controls can feel a little clumsy in the way that many VR games tend to do, and I wish you could find more handgun ammo to make that class of weapons more useful. With so many VR titles that feel like glorified tech demos Espire 1: VR Operative has some real meat to it, and for most of your time in the game, you will feel like some sort of shadowy, robotic badass. Use all of the mobility and stealth at your disposal, and you will find that Espire 1 sets a pretty high bar for what a VR game can be.
  2. Nov 22, 2019
    80
    Espire 1: VR Operative is unquestionably the best expression of the stealth action genre we’ve seen in VR yet. The small touches of polish go a long way towards selling the immersion and opening your mind to the creativity on display to complete missions and the inventive VR-focused mechanics make it a pleasure to play actively in a roomscale space. While a larger budget, more time, and overall more resources could have elevated Espire 1: VR Operative to the status of being a landmark VR game that pushes the boundaries and redefines the genre even further, it’s still extremely good and certainly worth playing.
  3. Nov 25, 2019
    70
    Espire 1: VR Operative excels in delivering some familiar stealth combat in a new, more immersive package, albeit with a few hiccups along the way. In addition to its superhuman acrobatics, you may find Espire 1 a serviceable Metal Gear-style game, although it is still somewhat rough around the edges due to stupid AI, a standard but forgettable story, and a general lack of haptics and solid world geometry that might otherwise have sent this high-flying stealth combat game yet higher.
  4. Dec 30, 2019
    70
    Espire 1: VR Operative is good for those new to VR wanting to experience what the platform has to offer without getting easily motion sick. But for those wanting to play a serious stealth title with incredible gameplay mechanics, the unmistakable bugs and annoying enemies may make you want to put down the controllers.
  5. Dec 9, 2019
    65
    Espire 1's VR stealth is brimming with neat ideas, but the end product is slightly less than the sum of its parts.
  6. Dec 14, 2019
    60
    Espire 1's jank gets in the way of the gameplay far too often to be really enjoyable. There's better action shooters in VR certainly, but I guess we'll just have to keep waiting for a good stealth one.
  7. Dec 4, 2019
    59
    Good ideas and a charming presentation are held back by bugs, AI problems as well as technical and control issues.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 24, 2020
    10
    Smooth first person shooter that combines stealth, action, and a pretty involving story line. This game tries to initiate with the in gameSmooth first person shooter that combines stealth, action, and a pretty involving story line. This game tries to initiate with the in game speech recognition; being able to say "freeze" is damn cool, isn't perfect but works well. Great game with loads of replayability and polish. Expand
  2. Jan 24, 2020
    9
    Cool game for the combat and stealth. With voice commands you are able to stop your enemy dead in their tracks, a cool addition that should beCool game for the combat and stealth. With voice commands you are able to stop your enemy dead in their tracks, a cool addition that should be developed further. A fun immersive game! Expand
  3. Jan 25, 2020
    8
    A retro, fun VR game in means of ways with creative level design, maps, and vast load of content and freedom. You're able to use a vast set ofA retro, fun VR game in means of ways with creative level design, maps, and vast load of content and freedom. You're able to use a vast set of cheats if you feel the need, multiple difficulties, and a nice selection of challenges with a pleasantly thought out story. Not perfect but polished and a real heafty game. Expand