Onward is a first-person sim style shooter that is designed for VR. At the time of writing it is still in early access, so you can expect frequent updates. Mind, that you will need an appropriate virtual reality headset such as an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive to enjoy it.
Onward can be downloaded from Steam. To start downloading, click on the link below the review.
VR and first-person shooters should be a match in heaven, but very few have managed to make it work. Onward is a VR first-person shooter that is more sim based than most other FPS games and this is what makes it stand out.
While there is a lot of action in Onward, it is not what you would call an arcade style game. This is a real thinking person’s shooter and that I feel is going to be a huge part of its appeal. You can play in 5 vs 5 matches or you can go against the AI. There is a real strong teamwork aspect of this game so communication can be key to winning a battle.
One thing that the develops have done that is really cool is the way they have tried to make each battle feel different. There is a day/night cycle, weather effects and each battle is not just a case of kill, kill, kill. You will have actual objectives to complete as you play which adds to the strategy and also makes you have to think about what you do more.
One example of this is the way the game looks. First of all, there is no HUD or crosshairs to help you out. This makes playing the game take a little while to get used to and it also means that your aim has to be much more accurate.
Reloading your gun is one of the scariest things in the game! It is done in a more realistic way so it takes longer. So you need to find some cover or hope that an opposing player does not pick you off while you are reloading. Some may hate this, but the realistic reloading is another way that Onward forces you to be more strategic in the way that you play.
Onward is most certainly a multiplayer game. Those looking for an in-depth single player first person story like Call of Duty WWII or Battlefield will be disappointed. This is all about the online and Onward if you ask me is at its best when you are playing with real people who you can communicate with. I think that they could have added some kind of narrative to it so there was something to do in single player.
They could have also had more in the way of progression. I am talking about moving up ranks so that your victories feel like they mean more and more guns, skins and so on to unlock for your character.
Onward is a very challenging game and one that requires some real time invested to get the best out of it. That though is one of its strengths. If you want a more realistic, team-based VR first-person shooter, Onward is hard to beat. It is the kind of game that I feel you will either get super into and love or find too hard.
- Dynamic weather effects are really cool
- Challenging combat
- Graphics are quite good
- Lost of strategy
- Is one of the better sim FPS VR shooters out there
- The learning curve is high
- Not much in the way of progression