Hands-On: Superhot VR’s Forever Update Makes a Great Game Even Better

by Joe Durbin • March 7th, 2017

Like most people that have played it, I only had one complaint after completing Superhot VR for the Oculus Rift: I wish there was more. Well, get excited people because more is almost here.

According to a message from Superhot Team, Superhot VR’s “Forever” update will be available in just a few weeks. The update is slated to hit Oculus Home on March 7th and will offer new achievements, new trials, and an endless mode to an already stellar VR experience. The additional content includes:

Endless Mode: Select a battleground and survive for as long as you can.

Headshots Only: Test your aim where only headshots take out enemies.

Time Trial: Race against your best scores in both in-game time (slowed down) and real-time.

Don’t Shoot: Try to complete the game without shooting.

Hardcore Mode: Get hardcore with faster enemies and less reaction time.

10-minute challenge: That’s right, just 10 minutes to complete the game.

Don’t Die: Any death restarts the entire game.

We had the chance to try the new Superhot VR Forever Update for ourselves and I think I can sum it up for you in one word: Wow.

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In order to unlock the new modes you’ll have to complete the initial campaign comprised of multiple adrenaline pumping levels. Once you’ve done so, you’ll have access to a new startup menu for the game that takes the form of a slightly schizophrenic room filled with 90’s-looking computers and enough cryptic post-it notes to satisfy even the most skeptical conspiracy theorist. On the desk of this nightmare computer room is a series of floppy disks. To access each new game mode you pick up the correct floppy and insert it into the correct terminal.

In general, Forever brings a very welcome UX makeover to a game that, in its original form, offered very little in terms of choice. All you could really do is play the campaign over and over again. In Forever, however, you get to start every session in this new beginning hub which provides much more control over how and what you end up playing. There is also a new menu pyramid that will pop up in between levels that lets you boot back to the main menu or select a different stage.

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Most of the new modes test one specific skill: accuracy (headshot only), speed (speedruns), endurance (don’t die), etc. There are also achievements that you can earn for especially skilled, or silly, accomplishments. These are all fun in their own right but the most exciting, and addictive, addition that Forever brings to Superhot VR is endless mode.

In endless you select one of several different battle grounds, take a deep breath and survive as long as you can. Endless takes the absolute best part of Superhot VR — making you feel like a complete badass — and turns it into a never-ending experience. You’ll be dodging bullets, grabbing weapons, nailing kills; it never stops feeling good and endless mode will never ask you to stop.

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Endless mode is also incredibly challenging. Most levels set a goal of at least 80 kills and even after playing for an hour my record was only 27. Laugh all you want. You try it and see how you do.

Forever is one of the more significant post-launch updates we’ve seen for a VR game and it takes a game that was already incredible and makes it unforgettable. The one thing we were desperate for was more of this game, and now they’re giving us an infinite amount.

Life is good.

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Superhot VR is available exclusively for the Oculus Rift on Oculus Home and requires Oculus Touch controllers as of today, March 7th.

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