As a VR gamer, I’ve found that occasionally gameplay comes second to the feeling of being within a real world. As cool as gameplay can be within some VR titles, bland, uninteresting and undetailed worlds sometimes make my time with them fleeting.
In addition to being a VR gamer, I’m also a huge fan of science fiction and Mass Effect sits as one of my favourite games for allowing me to experience living in an imagining of the future when alien species stand together.
As fascinating as I find space (and as much time as I’ve sunk into Elite Dangerous with my VR headset), I’ve been searching for a game to make me feel like I live in a futuristic world, even if for a few moments. Enter Aircar.
Aircar is described as being a “simple immersive flying game built for VR” where you can “[p]ilot an aircar through a futuristic cityscape.” And that’s exactly what it is. There are no enemies to fight, no oppressive government regime to overturn, and no sidekick annoying you through your earpiece.
It’s just you, your aircar, and a small city to explore. That’s it. And, it’s perfect. Oh, and it’s free.
I’ve never really understood the appeal of games like Euro Truck Simulator, but I can see glimpses of why people like these sorts of simulators having experienced Aircar. I found it strangely relaxing. No health bars to manage, no floating arrows above distant objectives, no collectables to look out for. Just a city for me to explore at my own leisure.
I’m excited for more VR games to offer this level of freedom alongside their main stories. Completing tasks gives a sense of purpose and is a way of measuring the amount of time invested in a title, but also having the freedom to dial down the challenge and just exist in the world would provide complementary experiences.
If you own a VR headset, you should absolutely check Aircar out. It’s a great distraction from the usual gaming grind, without stepping away from a beautifully realised futuristic setting.