Despite the surprisingly solid narrative and pulse-pounding adventure that it created, when I reviewed Farpoint from Impulse Gear on PlayStation VR (PSVR) using the PS Aim Controller I noted that the cooperative multiplayer segments were my favorite parts of the game. Shooting down alien creatures with a friend by my side in VR feels great and the large maps encourage exploration with a liberating sense of freedom.
In a world where so many VR games are just repetitive wave-based shooters it was nice to play something that at least felt like it had unique ideas for how to create a shooter in VR. Now at E3 2017 Impulse Gear and Sony are pulling the curtain back on the upcoming DLC for Farpoint called the Cryo Pack.
We got the chance to go hands-on with the new missions and came away excited for the new content and optimistic about what it could mean for the future of Farpoint. If the game continues to receive solid updates like this then it could easily etch out a corner of the VR market as a game worth coming back to.
The demo I played took place on one of the new winter-themed cooperative multiplayer maps. As opposed to the brown and yellow deserts of the core game, the snow-streaked landscapes were a welcomed change of pace.
All of the controls were the same and I was outfitted with the standard assault rifle as well as my trusty shotgun to mow down my enemies. The first thing I noticed is just how vertical the new map I tried was. Snipers remained perched at the edge of cliff faces ready to take me down in just a few shots if I’m not careful.
I only got to try one of the new maps, but the brand new player skin did look nice as well from what I could see on my character’s body. The blue and white aesthetic blends in well.
Unfortunately due to a networking issue I was not able to try the map with a partner so I was forced to tackle the mission on my own as a lone wolf. This proved problematic since it was designed to be played with a friend. I got farther than expected, but wasn’t able to finish. The developers tell me that these new maps will have special environmental effects such as the snow making it difficult to see as you progress farther and higher up the mountain.
Additionally, both of the new maps and all of the existing cooperative maps are being brought to the single player Challenge Mode by way of this update too.
In summary, the Cryo Pack introduces two new cooperative multiplayer maps, a total of six new single player challenge maps, a new player character skin, new trophies, and new toys to play around with in the lobby menu.
The Farpoint Cryo Pack releases later this month on June 27th. What do you think of Farpoint’s co-op mode? Let us know down in the comments below!