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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action/Adventure
Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Three One Zero
Release Date: March 28, 2016

About Tony "OUberLord" Mitera

I've been entrenched in the world of game reviews for almost a decade, and I've been playing them for even longer. I'm primarily a PC gamer, though I own and play pretty much all modern platforms. When I'm not shooting up the place in the online arena, I can be found working in the IT field, which has just as many computers but far less shooting. Usually.


PS4/XOne/PC Preview - 'Adr1ft'

by Tony "OUberLord" Mitera on June 19, 2015 @ 2:00 a.m. PDT

ADR1FT is an immersive first-person experience that tells the story of an astronaut who wakes up floating amid debris of a space station, with no recollection of what happened.

Adr1ft is a game that is capable of grabbing your attention and keeping hold of it.  You are an astronaut who wakes up in a space station only to find that the station is damaged and shattered. The crew is either dead or missing, and the situation is critical.  As you float through the station you will piece together what happened via crew audio and computer logs, repair station systems, and ultimately get home safely.

The movement system really embraces the thought of movement in zero gravity.  You can propel your suit forward, and your momentum will simply carry you there without having to continue to do anything more.  You can also freely rotate to the left or right as well as ascend or descend, which can help you get oriented in the environment.  Finally, there is always the option to click in the left stick, which will slowly return you in the "correct" orientation, and you can pull and hold both triggers to cancel all movement and stay still.

The game is called a first-person experience by the developers, and it's not hard to see why.  It's a narrative experience that is expected to take up to three hours to complete.  As you explore the system, the pressure is on since your suit only holds so much oxygen.  You can replenish this supply by finding and using the glowing green oxygen bottles in the environment or by using oxygen stations found in parts of the station.

Though I started playing on a basic setup, I later switched to the Oculus Rift to check out the game from that perspective.  In this version, moving your head in real life moves it inside of your spacesuit in the game, which is separate from your suit's visor.  You can float in one direction while your body is facing another and your head is looking in yet another.  Given the freedom of movement, it's a lot to wrap your mind around at first, but the fact that you physically have to move your head to read text updates on the left part of your visor or the oxygen display in the bottom right certainly made things feel a bit more real.

Adr1ft initially launches this December for the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.  It will be compatible with all VR platforms once they are released, including the Oculus Rift, Sony's Morpheus, and Valve's VR platform.  Pricing is expected to be in the $20 range, which seems fitting given the scope of the game.  Still, it offered some pretty tense gameplay, and as far as the VR experience went, I'm curious to see how the final game turns out.

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