Sparc Review: Enter the arena and sweat your tail off

Sparc - Game Cover

Virtual reality is still really young in the gaming world. Although Resident Evil VII is an incredible game, it’s not for everyone. Even racing games is a genre for a niche audience. Yet CCP Games has put together a sports game that appeals to everyone: Sparc.

The disc wars scene in Tron: Legacy is the easiest comparison to Sparc‘s concept. Two players square off against each other to try and hit their opponents with a ball. You can bounce the ball against walls and ceilings or use the ball as a single-use shield. If you hit them then you get a point. However, if they dodge and you hit their strike zone then your ball grows and moves faster the next time you throw the ball.

The only problem is that you will need a large open space and a dimly lit room in order to play. Thus, if you set up your PlayStation VR in your small bedroom or apartment then playing this game will be a tad difficult. You’re going to need a large open space in order to dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge the opponent’s ball.

By the same token, throwing the ball accurately is just as important. However, throwing the ball is frustratingly tough at first. But once you get the hang of it then playing the game will be a lot of fun. With this in mind, know that you’re going to want to stretch both your arms prior to playing.

Sparc - Arena Lobby (Post Match)

When you’re in the heat of battle, you do the motion of throwing the ball really hard. If you’ve ever seen MLB pitchers then you know that they ice down their shoulders after a lot of pitches. You can say the exact same thing here. After a couple of games of dodging and throwing, my arms began to get sore. Also, I began to sweat a lot underneath the headset. This game is definitely a workout for those that do not workout.

Thankfully, the tracking in the game is phenomenal. It’s able to accurately track your movements so that you’re able to successfully dodge in this game. A lot of the best matches you’ll ever encounter is when you’re dodging and throwing the ball right afterward. The game is so incredibly fast that it’s a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, Sparc only has a few game modes. There is a novice, advanced, experimental, and a challenges mode. At the present time, novice mode is by far the most active of all the modes. Advanced and experimental mode will take some time in order to find opponents. Challenges mode is the only single-player mode in the entire game.

If you’re looking for a multiplayer challenge then you might want to look elsewhere. Considering that the community is small at the moment, you’re more inclined to stick with novice mode just to play with people.

Sparc - Gameplay

That being said, the Sparc community is very friendly. There’s something about hanging around the arena together that makes everyone so cordial. In my experience, it’s a very inviting online space.

As far as the graphics are concerned, everything looks generic. Yet there are certain graphical details that are incredible to look at. For instance, the glove guards glow and pulsate in the 3D space. In addition, the balls are easy to locate even as they whiz quickly towards you.

Overall, Sparc is an absolutely fun virtual reality game. It’s just unfortunate that there are a minimal amount of features in the game. However, if you’re just looking for a game that’ll give you a workout or a fun virtual reality game to play then Sparc is your game. I just hope that the community grows bigger so I can compete with other players again and again.

Rating: 4/5 atoms

This review is based on a retail copy of the game provided by CCP Games.

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