Crisis on the Planet of the Apes hands-on preview

Crisis on the Planet of the Apes

Movies based on video games don’t really have the best track record. You can essentially say the same thing about the reverse as well. Video games based on movie IPs are typically made as cash grabs for certain movie studios. Sadly, you can tell that there wasn’t much effort in the production of the game. Yet FoxNext is trying to change that mindset with Crisis on the Planet of the Apes.

Set between the events of Rise and Dawn, Crisis on the Planet of the Apes puts you in the body of an ape named Specimen 139. Crisis uses two motion controllers which substitute as your character’s hands. Not to mention, the game uses ape-like movements in order to truly feel like you’re an ape. So you want to walk? You move your arms back and forth as you would an ape. Want to jump? You swing both your arms in the air. It’s nuanced movements like these that immerses you in this world.

But this isn’t a game where you can freely walk anywhere. You’re on a set course where at certain points you’re going to have to point at a marker, hit the trigger, and then start the motion of walking.

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When it comes to climbing walls and swinging across pipes, it’s going to take some practice. However, if you’ve ever played Uncharted or Assassin’s Creed then you’ll get used to the climbing mechanics quickly. Though fair warning as you may get a bit dizzy as you take your first climb in the tutorial. Swinging across pipes will remind you of swinging across monkey bars. So the movements will all feel natural.

After some time, you’ll get to the next part which the shooter aspect of the game. Here is where you get to put all of those FPS skills to good use. Crisis implements a cover-based combat system similar to Gears of War. Thankfully, to save the stress on your legs, you don’t necessarily have to crouch the entire time. You use one of your hands to move around cover while your other hand shoots the gun. If you want to switch weapons, all you need to do is “grab” the weapon off your back.

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Also, the combat system prevents you from camping. You have a limited amount of ammo so you’re going to need to switch from cover-to-cover to get more ammo. The combat system allows for some fast-paced and intense playthroughs.

With a limited library of good VR games out there, Crisis on the Planet of the Apes aims to be one of the games that’s a “must play” for VR owners. Keep in mind that the game will last around 2-2.5 hours for experienced gamers but for a $15 price tag, it might be worth the purchase on whatever VR system you own.

Check out the launch trailer below!

Five years since its outbreak, the Simian Flu has wiped out half of humanity and left other primates…evolved. Now at the crossroads of two species’ destinies, you are an ape with advanced intelligence, captured and held prisoner in a heavily guarded scientific facility as mankind desperately searches for a cure. Your mission: confront human aggression as you climb, jump and shoot through the chaos of an apocalyptic world to escape with your fellow apes and return home to Caesar.

Crisis on the Planet of the Apes is now available on the PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift.

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