Become a secret agent in Twisted Pixel’s VR game, Defector (preview)

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I am inside a bathroom of an airplane and putting on a contact. This isn’t just any regular contact. It’s actually a high-tech gadget that can bring up important information via the HUD. Once I feel ready, I walk out and see men in suits all around me. I have no doubt in my mind that they are all dangerous men. I walk around, surveying the area, and I go up to one of them and decide to slap him around a bit. He is annoyed. I then try to reach my target in first class, but I was blocked by a bodyguard. He wants to search me for weapons. I wasn’t too keen on him frisking me, so I slapped his hand out of the way. He says I can’t meet his boss if I’m not searched, so I decided to slap him in the face. Well, that didn’t turn out well and he pulls out a gun and unloads on me. I died.

Thank goodness this was just a VR game titled Defector.

There are games that allow you to become a secret agent like the classic GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64, and then there are games that really make you feel like a secret agent. That’s where Twisted Pixel’s Defector comes in. It’s an upcoming first-person VR game where you will shoot, fight, and use high-tech gadgets to complete your mission. Of course, my actions above is the complete opposite of what a secret agent should be doing, but I had to test how much freedom I had in the VR environment. Once I decided to play the part, I really felt like a secret agent.

The game features dialogue choices, and your questions and answers will decide whether or not a character will comply. Other choices will change the course of the game. For example, you can decide if you want to parachute out right away, or you can stay and fight until the last minute. The two routes have different experiences, and this will definitely add to the game’s replayability.

Indeed, there are aspects of the game that will seem familiar for those who have shot a gun in VR. To fire, hold the controller toward your target and press the trigger to fire. When reloading, you will have to mimic the motion like reaching to your side to grab a clip and then inserting it into the gun. The fighting mechanic is also fun since you have to actually punch and block. (Just make sure no one is near you.)

Later in the demo, I was able to fire an automatic rifle, go up against fighter jets, and drive a car out of an airplane. All in a day’s work for a spy.

Defector is looking very promising, and the final game will feature different locations and missions. From what I’ve played so far, it’s shaping up to be the ultimate spy simulator.

Defector will be available for the Oculus Rift in 2018.

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