50 Days Of PS VR #34: ‘Eagle Flight’ Is A Soaring Adventure For PS4

by Jamie Feltham • September 9th, 2016

Only 34 days left before the launch of the PS VR! We’re counting down to the release of Sony’s VR headset on October 13th by highlighting one game a day for its anticipated release. Today we’re soaring through the streets of Paris with Ubisoft’s Eagle Flight

Turns out that, most of the time, the apocalypse is a bit of a mess. It’s nothing but a sea of bland browns, rusted rubble, and zombies that want to eat your skin. We might spend hours wandering around these barren wastelands using weapons made of scrap and trading in parts, but if we were stuck in them for real, it would be a pretty depressing situation.

Eagle Flight, refreshingly, isn’t like most apocalypses. Its depiction of a post-man Paris is a lush, thick jungle of fascinating sights and tropical sounds. As you soar above its peaks as a majestic eagle, deer gracefully dart through the streets in packs, and elephants bathe in canals without a care in the world. The silent gliding of your wings cutting through the air creates the perfect atmosphere; Eagle Flight is a delight of a videogame.

Ubisoft’s upcoming first-person flier is one of VR’s most promising early games. It’s the first game to take the publisher’s established formula of creating a compelling open world and then litter it with challenges and events to complete, as well as a full multiplayer mode. Though flying could be troublesome for queasy VR players, the game cleverly avoids simulation sickness with a slightly restricted field of view that makes a world of difference.

Control-wise you help steer with head movements, that make slight but meaningful turns. It doesn’t take long to pick up and you’ll soon be diving through gaps in cathedrals and winding around towers. What might first be a vomit-inducing ride has been refined and optimized to the point it’s become a surprisingly smooth experience.

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On the single-player side, you’ve got races, collectibles, and arena events to take part in, the latter of which has you battling other animals with sonic screeches.

Meanwhile, multiplayer offers a host of different modes, most of which will again have you firing off shots at the enemy. If you can master the control scheme then you’ll be weaving through the streets, expertly dodging incoming fire as you take down targets. It’s surprisingly easy to feel pretty powerful.

Eagle Flight hits PlayStation VR this November, and we’re very excited to get our hands on it.

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