Seeking Dawn is a surprisingly large and ambitious VR game from the developers at Multiverse. While w had some mixed feelings about it in our review that went live earlier this week, there are some really strong positives to this shooter that will resonate with a lot of people. For starters, it offers a heft campaign with solid co-op gameplay and lots of areas to explore while gunning down dangerous aliens.
It’s also a pretty tough game with intricate crafting and survival systems. So now that Seeking Dawn is finally out into the wild that means thousands of intrepid space marines are about to embark on their journey. But it’s dangerous out there, so take this list of tips!
There Are Lots of Options In The Settings
Once you get through all of the intro calibration steps you can open up the full Settings menu and really dig into the options. In addition to offering both full trackpad/joystick locomotion there’s a teleport system as well. You can tweak your rotation settings (incremental or smooth) as well as the rotation and movement speed.
On top of movement options you can customize the HUD opacity (a lot of people found it intrusive or claustrophobic, but I personally liked having the helmet in my FOV because it was more immersive.) The point is that it’s a pretty customizable experience and you can really tweak it to be good for your tastes.
It’s Better With Friends
Like most things, Seeking Dawn is better with some friends. The title supports up to four players in co-op and has a really great drop-in, drop-out system so that you can leave your game lobby open while you play and let people join you at-will. Plus, when you pick a save file, you can choose to either load it in single player or multiplayer, which means all of your progress carries over in your game between modes.
The in-game animations for your co-op buddies need some work in terms of tracking arms and legs and not having players look like distorted aliens, but at least the netcode and gameplay is good. Certainly helps make the more tedious parts of the game (and there are plenty) feel less monotonous.
Within the first hour or so of Seeking Dawn you’ll find two resource gathering tools — one that lets you break up rocks for ore and one that lets you chew up trees for wood. As soon as you get these, if you have the patience, I’d recommend immediately backtracking through all of the zones you’ve explored already and grabbing as many resources as you can.
The reason I say that is because eventually you’ll hit a point where you need something particular and if you don’t happen to have it already, it’s a huge pain to find specific resources. There is no map system to tell you where resources spawn at all or which zones to search in, so it can be frustrating if you didn’t preemptively stockpile.
Stay Mobile During Combat
Combat in Seeking Dawn can get pretty intense. By the midway point of the game many of the enemies are extremely aggressive and fast. In the GIF above those are some of the nastiest creatures you face in the first half of the game and they are extremely difficult to take down if you don’t land a critical hit on their unarmored faces.
If you were diligent about crafting new weapons and armor then combat never becomes too much of a challenge. There is decent weapon variety but it would have been nice to find more actual loot in the game world instead of needing to craft everything from raw materials. While fighting enemies you need to make sure that you stay mobile and continually move around, strafe, and kite them so that you don’t get overwhelmed.
Build Crafting Stations ASAP
Finally, as I just alluded to, traffic is a huge part of the game in Seeking Dawn. Hey your main base you get the ability to create crafting stations that let you make weapons armor food ammo and other resources.
If you stockpile resources well then every time you visit your base you should be able to craft quite a lot of things at your different stations. You want to stay on top of resource gathering so that you can have all the stations available quickly because otherwise the late game gets very difficult with how scare some resources become.
Seeking Dawn is now available on Vive, Rift, Windows VR, and will be coming to PSVR at a later date. For more on Seeking Dawn you can watch our hour-long livestream and read or watch our full review here. Let us know what you think of the game down in the comments below!