VR games that get the balance between world-building and gameplay perfect are scarce (I’m looking at you, Half-Life: Alyx). Many VR titles feel more like a proof of concept with a focus either on their immersive world or gameplay loop.
Given the choice, I’d choose being transported to a fascinating world any day.
When I’m not playing VR titles, I especially love playing science fiction games. Mass Effect sits as one of my favourite games for the way that it lets me experience a distant 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. Some VR titles have come close, but not quite nailed the feeling of actually being in the future.
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. It’s perfect. Oh, and it’s free.
Aircar is relaxing. There are no health bars to manage, no floating arrows hovering above distant objectives, and no obnoxious number of collectables to look out for. There is just a city to explore at your own leisure, with raindrops pit-pattering on the glass as you navigate through the neon-lit buildings.
I’m excited for more VR games to create similarly gorgeous sci-fi worlds with this level of freedom to compliment their main stories and gameplay.
If you own a VR headset, you should absolutely check Aircar out. It’s a great distraction from the usual gaming grind with a beautifully realised futuristic setting.