Latest AR & VR reviews

Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset review: The best WMR headset?
3.5 stars Asus Windows Mixed Reality Headset review: The best WMR headset? By Adrian Willings

Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) is Microsoft's route into virtual reality (VR) experiences for Windows, without the need for an ultra-fast and expensive PC setup. There are a variety of third-party headset options, of which the Asus Windows Mixed Reality... Read more

The Solus Project review: A space survival VR adventure that'll sends chills down your spine
4.0 stars The Solus Project review: A space survival VR adventure that'll sends chills down your spine By Adrian Willings

Many of us dream of going to space, blasting off through the atmosphere in a spacecraft destined for other worlds. Though that might not be a possibility for most, even within our lifetime, it doesn't mean we can't daydream of the adventure. With the... Read more

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Arizona Sunshine review: Now with even more zombie slaying madness
4.5 stars Arizona Sunshine review: Now with even more zombie slaying madness By Adrian Willings

Set in the barren landscapes of a post-apocalyptic America, don't let Arizona Sunshine's title confound: this is a VR zombie shooter for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift set in the baking heat of Arizona state.Like many other zombie game narratives before... Read more

Skyrim VR review: Better in virtual reality?
4.0 stars Skyrim VR review: Better in virtual reality? By Adrian Willings

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was originally released way back in the hazy days of 2011. Since then it's seen a few different iterations including a re-released enhanced edition, a portable version designed for the Nintendo Switch and now an outing into... Read more

HTC Vive review: An experience that’s out of this world
4.0 stars HTC Vive review: An experience that’s out of this world By Adrian Willings

We've dabbled in VR many times before, even as far back as the beginning of the 90s with W Industries' Virtuality system. More recent years have given us mobile-based devices, such as Samsung's Gear VR and Google Cardboard, but such devices are essentially... Read more

Star Wars Jedi Challenges initial review: 2-player Lightsaber duels and more
Star Wars Jedi Challenges initial review: 2-player Lightsaber duels and more By Stuart Miles

We aren't sure about you, but we've always wondered what it would be like to have a proper Lightsaber duel. Or maybe play a game of Holochess.Thanks to the joys of augmented reality, you can now do both. Lenovo and Disney have partnered to create an AR... Read more

Killing Floor Incursion review: A zombie-slaying VR adventure
4.5 stars Killing Floor Incursion review: A zombie-slaying VR adventure By Adrian Willings

Zombie games lend themselves well to virtual reality. Having flesh-eating monsters gnawing at your heels is far more believable than it is on a disconnected screen. As a result there are a lot of zombie-based VR games from which to choose.We're already... Read more

Oculus Go review: Affordable VR for the masses
4.0 stars Oculus Go review: Affordable VR for the masses By Adrian Willings

Oculus has been promising standalone virtual reality for some time. No wires. No separate computer.Now that promise is a reality, with Oculus Go. The best VR headsets to buy 2018 Oculus Go standalone VR headset: Release date, price and everything you... Read more

HTC Vive Pro review: The best VR experience, bar none... if you can afford one
4.5 stars HTC Vive Pro review: The best VR experience, bar none... if you can afford one By Adrian Willings

The HTC Vive is considered by many to be the leading virtual reality device on the market. And from 5 April 2018 things get even more exciting, as there's a new and more advanced option available: the HTC Vive Pro. As the Pro namesake suggests, the updated... Read more

Knockout League review: Arcade-style VR boxing is a smash hit
4.5 stars Knockout League review: Arcade-style VR boxing is a smash hit By Adrian Willings

Virtual reality games naturally lend themselves to experiences that require you to move around in a virtual space. Knockout League goes even further: as an arcade-style boxing game, this is one experience that teeters on exhausting.But is it a smash... Read more

The Invisible Hours review: A voyeuristic VR delight
5.0 stars The Invisible Hours review: A voyeuristic VR delight By Adrian Willings

Imagine what life would be like if you could watch a movie from any angle you wanted. If you could follow every character at any point and stick with them even if they weren't part of the main action. Then on a whim, you could fast-forward or rewind time... Read more

A-Tech Cybernetic VR review: Space-based mutant slaying
3.5 stars A-Tech Cybernetic VR review: Space-based mutant slaying By Adrian Willings

A-Tech Cybernetic is yet another game that proclaims to be "built from the ground up for VR" for a more polished virtual-world experience.It features a storyline that thrusts you onto a futuristic biomedical spaceship that's been overrun by hordes of... Read more

Shooty Fruity review: A VR experience with plenty of juicy bits
4.5 stars Shooty Fruity review: A VR experience with plenty of juicy bits By Adrian Willings

Virtual reality games often give you the chance to escape reality. Whether it's a case of disappearing to an unfamiliar environment, or a familiar one with the chance to experience something that's new and different. Shooty Fruity is, at first glance,... Read more

High Noon VR: Virtual reality meets the Wild West
3.0 stars High Noon VR: Virtual reality meets the Wild West By Adrian Willings

Yeehaw! High Noon VR is here, offering up a serving of Wild West showdowns with a VR spin. Draw 'em, pardner.The idea of grabbing a couple of six-shooters and strapping on our cowboy boots to blast some pesky varmints was immediately appealing. But in... Read more

Duck Season review: Let's game like it's 1989
4.0 stars Duck Season review: Let's game like it's 1989 By Adrian Willings

If you didn't gather from our previous review of Duck Hunt-styled Duckpocalypse, we've got a thing for nostalgia-inducing virtual reality games that take an old format and breathe new life into it. Especially ones featuring ducks and virtual lightguns.On... Read more

Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400
Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream initial review: Capable, phone-free VR for under $400 By Mike Lowe

When it comes to virtual reality there are a few options: go down the fully-formed route, with PC powering everything, like HTC Vive; opt for a headset that requires a phone to be slipped in to act as the processor and screen, such as the Google Daydream... Read more

L.A. Noire The VR Case Files review: Criminal investigation has never been so much fun
4.0 stars L.A. Noire The VR Case Files review: Criminal investigation has never been so much fun By Adrian Willings

The original L.A. Noire was released back in 2011 - by Rockstar, well known for the Grand Theft Auto franchise - which, in this fast-moving world, feels like a lifetime ago. When launched it was the game to show-off just what was possible with facial... Read more

Raw Data review: The robot uprising is coming
4.0 stars Raw Data review: The robot uprising is coming By Adrian Willings

The year is 2271, the seemingly innocent Eden Corporation is in the robot creation business - and business is booming. Things aren't as innocent as they seem, however, as a leak reveals a sinister plot in the corp's latest product line, which is where... Read more

GORN VR review: Hilarity and brutality abound
4.0 stars GORN VR review: Hilarity and brutality abound By Adrian Willings

The wonderful thing about virtual reality is that it opens gaming up to a whole world of possibilities and experiences that aren't possible elsewhere. Sure, gaming has always done that in one dimension, but being wrapped entirely in a game's environment makes... Read more

Doom VFR review: Harder than Hell
3.5 stars Doom VFR review: Harder than Hell By Adrian Willings

Doom is a staple of the gaming world. A series that essentially kick-started the first-person shooter (FPS) genre and an utter nostalgic classic. The first version of Doom was released way back in the hazy days of 1993, but like all good things, it's... Read more

Kingspray Graffiti VR review: A breath of paint-fumed air
4.0 stars Kingspray Graffiti VR review: A breath of paint-fumed air By Adrian Willings

You'll find plenty of examples of incredible artwork from all over the world that were created with a humble spray can and a few hours graft. Of course, in most countries around the globe, this sort of painting will get you locked up. For some, that's... Read more

Acer Windows Mixed Reality review: Good enough to bring VR to the masses?
3.0 stars Acer Windows Mixed Reality review: Good enough to bring VR to the masses? By Adrian Willings

Microsoft is making gentle waves into the world of Virtual Reality (VR) with Windows Mixed Reality, a supposed middle-ground between Augmented Reality (AR) and the VR experience we already know and love.After creating some excitement with Microsoft Hololens... Read more

Giant Cop Justice Above All review: Give a big hand for VR's creative god game
4.0 stars Giant Cop Justice Above All review: Give a big hand for VR's creative god game By Adrian Willings

Giant Cop: Justice Above All is a refreshing experience that stands out from the wave shooters that typically dominate virtual reality gaming. In the game, you play a giant police officer who towers above the streets of Micro City, laying down the law... Read more

Dead Effect 2 VR review: An action-packed sci-fi joy that's rammed full of content
4.5 stars Dead Effect 2 VR review: An action-packed sci-fi joy that's rammed full of content By Adrian Willings

A half-broken spaceship, darkly lit corridors and a mass of undead monsters baying for blood. Sounds like a recipe for a fantastic VR horror game with a touch of cliché, right? That's pretty much what Dead Effect 2 VR is all about.With RPG elements... Read more

The Wizards review: Conjuring up some spellbinding VR escapades
3.5 stars The Wizards review: Conjuring up some spellbinding VR escapades By Adrian Willings

Deep down inside we've always wanted to be a Wizard, but were never really able to pull off the long majestic beard and robe look. Being far too old to dress up as Harry Potter, we have instead achieved our wizard spell-casting dreams by leaping into... Read more

Superhot VR review: Virtual reality's most frustratingly enjoyable game
4.5 stars Superhot VR review: Virtual reality's most frustratingly enjoyable game By Adrian Willings

Bullet time is dead, long live bullet time.Since the days of Max Payne - which was the first game to feature bullet time, the Matrix-style super slow-mo action - a multitude of other games designers have tried to a create a gaming delight by including... Read more

Sairento VR review: Fast-paced ninja action with a shuriken serving of role-play
4.5 stars Sairento VR review: Fast-paced ninja action with a shuriken serving of role-play By Adrian Willings

There's something incredibly alluring about the ninja lifestyle. Skilled in the art of swordplay, capable of dispatching multiple enemies and then disappearing into the shadows. Armed to the teeth with all manner of weaponry. Light-footed and nimble... Read more

Space Pirate Trainer review: A fantastically exhausting VR shooting gallery
4.0 stars Space Pirate Trainer review: A fantastically exhausting VR shooting gallery By Adrian Willings

Space! Pirates! Training! What could be more fun than that? Well, Space Pirate Trainer, but of course.We're not really sure where the pirates come into the equation, though. But the lack of swashbuckling, pieces o' eight, barrels of grog and peg legs... Read more

Operation Warcade VR review: Reinventing the arcade experience for virtual reality
4.0 stars Operation Warcade VR review: Reinventing the arcade experience for virtual reality By Adrian Willings

Years ago, before the days of modern personal computers and way before the rise of Xbox and PlayStation, people used to get their gaming fix by visiting their local arcade. A pocket full of change and a few spare hours could bring endless joy.Operation... Read more

Google Daydream View (2017) review: New looks and lenses, but no new tricks
4.0 stars Google Daydream View (2017) review: New looks and lenses, but no new tricks By Elyse Betters

Mobile VR is the most affordable way to experience virtual reality.You can go ultra cheap with the £15 Google Cardboard headset, which works with most iOS and Android phones, or you can spend a little more on the £80 Samsung Gear VR, which works with... Read more

Google Earth VR review: Now with virtual reality Street View
4.0 stars Google Earth VR review: Now with virtual reality Street View By Adrian Willings

We've always been big fans of Google Earth. It's just so incredible to be able to virtually go anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home.So when we discovered that Google Earth had a VR version - including Street View - that was compatible... Read more

Front Defense review: The VR first-person arcade shooter for HTC Vive
4.0 stars Front Defense review: The VR first-person arcade shooter for HTC Vive By Adrian Willings

Front Defense is a fast-paced arcade-style shooter set in the final days of World War II. Developed by HTC's first-party team, Fantahorn Studio, the game is a virtual reality shooter created specifically for the HTC Vive. Backed by the people who actually... Read more

The Brookhaven Experiment review: Virtual reality monsters in your living room
4.5 stars The Brookhaven Experiment review: Virtual reality monsters in your living room By Adrian Willings

The Brookhaven Experiment is an intensely dark, atmospheric wave-based VR shooter for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.The game's story centres around an experiment gone wrong, which has torn a hole through the fabric of reality and let monsters and demons... Read more

Duckpocalypse review: Duck Hunt reimagined for virtual reality
4.0 stars Duckpocalypse review: Duck Hunt reimagined for virtual reality By Adrian Willings

We don't generally take the time to review cheap and cheerful games, but Duckpocalypse is something special that hit us right in the nostalgia zone. It's like a smart reboot of gaming classic, Duck Hunt, but with a twist - it's in VR.Ok, so it's not technically... Read more

EVE Valkyrie review: Virtual reality space battle fun without the motion sickness
4.0 stars EVE Valkyrie review: Virtual reality space battle fun without the motion sickness By Adrian Willings

Space and virtual reality is a heady and exciting mix. After all, who hasn't dreamt about flying through space blasting laser-cannons? Which is exactly what EVE Valkyrie brings to (virtual) life - from the comfort of your living room sofa.EVE Valkyrie... Read more

Rick and Morty Virtual Rick-ality review: It's time to get schwifty
4.5 stars Rick and Morty Virtual Rick-ality review: It's time to get schwifty By Adrian Willings

Wub-a-lub-a-dub-dub! From the creators of Job Simulator comes Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality. If you're fans of the series like we are, then you can imagine the sort of shenanigans Rick and Morty in VR presents. And we're happy to report the hilarity... Read more

Royole Moon review: The 3D 'Virtual Cinema' experience, minus the popcorn
3.0 stars Royole Moon review: The 3D 'Virtual Cinema' experience, minus the popcorn By Adrian Willings

The Royole Moon is an interesting piece of hardware. It's a headset that purports to offer a 'virtual 3D theatre experience' in an immersive mobile device that's suitable for use anywhere, anytime. It's not a virtual reality headset, as such, despite... Read more

Dell Visor preview: A Windows Mixed Reality headset that will be hard to beat
Dell Visor preview: A Windows Mixed Reality headset that will be hard to beat By Mike Lowe

The theme at this year's IFA show - the largest technology show in Europe - is all about Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft's dive into easy-to-setup virtual reality experiences, which will debut from 17 October when a Windows 10 update arrives.And manufacturers... Read more

Lenovo Explorer preview: The best-fitting Windows Mixed Reality headset yet
Lenovo Explorer preview: The best-fitting Windows Mixed Reality headset yet By Mike Lowe

If there's a theme at this year's IFA show - that's the largest technology show in Europe, if you're not in the know - then it has to be Windows Mixed Reality, Microsoft's dive into easy-to-setup virtual reality experiences.Lenovo had previously announced... Read more

HTC Vive Tracker preview: Turns baseball bats, guns and more into VR controllers
HTC Vive Tracker preview: Turns baseball bats, guns and more into VR controllers By Rik Henderson

2016 might not have been the year of virtual reality everybody had previously predicted, but it set the stall for future innovations. And unlike failed attempts in the past, this time it does seem that VR is here to stay.One of the best headsets available... Read more

Battlezone review: Arcade fun for PlayStation VR
4.0 stars Battlezone review: Arcade fun for PlayStation VR By Steve Boxer

So PlayStation VR has arrived, offering a cheaper-than-PC means of experiencing the joys of virtual reality on PlayStation 4. But like every new item of gaming hardware, it's in dire need of a so-called killer app: a game which is an abdolute must-play.Battlezone... Read more

Star Trek: Bridge Crew delayed until 2017, this is what you’re missing
Star Trek: Bridge Crew delayed until 2017, this is what you’re missing By Rik Henderson

Ever since we first caught a glimpse of Star Trek: Bridge Crew at E3 in June, we've been extremely excited by the communal VR game. And recently we got to spend a lot more time with it, playing in different crew member roles and trying to complete the... Read more

Sony PlayStation VR review: Virtual reality for the masses
4.0 stars Sony PlayStation VR review: Virtual reality for the masses By Rik Henderson

We can't count the amount of times someone has said 2016 would be the "year of VR", ourselves included if we're being honest, but we're 10 months in now and it's been anything but.Unavailability, price hikes and the reliance on expensive PC equipment... Read more

Oculus Rift review: The VR revolution begins here
4.0 stars Oculus Rift review: The VR revolution begins here By Rik Henderson

Our first dalliances with virtual reality (VR) were with Virtuality, a system created by W. Industries back in the early 90s, and it blew our minds at the time.The graphics were basic and blurry, the headsets cumbersome and heavy, and a session with a... Read more

Batman Arkham VR preview: Find out why the PS VR game was best of E3 2016
Batman Arkham VR preview: Find out why the PS VR game was best of E3 2016 By Rik Henderson

We’ll come out with a bold claim right from the off, not only was Batman: Arkham VR the last game we saw at this year’s E3 before its doors were shut, it was also the best. Of the whole show.That’s a personal opinion, of course, and it doesn’t... Read more

PS VR Aim Controller preview: Playing Farpoint with Sony's new gun-shaped controller
PS VR Aim Controller preview: Playing Farpoint with Sony's new gun-shaped controller By Elyse Betters

At the start of the E3 gaming expo 2016, Sony announced a first-person shooter called Farpoint, compatible with PlayStation VR and a new controller called PS VR Aim. This is no SNES Super Scope, though, as we found when playing the game ahead of launch.The... Read more

Fallout 4 VR: What it's like playing Bethesda's open-world epic in virtual reality
Fallout 4 VR: What it's like playing Bethesda's open-world epic in virtual reality By Mike Lowe

Here's something we didn't expect at the E3 gaming expo this year: to be playing Fallout 4 in virtual reality. But it wasn't a dream, it actually happened - and it might become a reality for all players in the near future.Bethesda - the studio behind... Read more

OnePlus Loop VR headset preview: This is the free VR headset for the OnePlus 3 launch
OnePlus Loop VR headset preview: This is the free VR headset for the OnePlus 3 launch By Chris Hall

When OnePlus said it was giving away free VR headsets, the internet blew up and soon stock had vanished. Fortunately we were at the front of the queue and now we've had our Loop VR headset delivered. It would be selfish not to share, so here it is, the... Read more

Microsoft HoloLens preview: An augmented vision that's still very much in the future
Microsoft HoloLens preview: An augmented vision that's still very much in the future By Stuart Miles

Microsoft HoloLens is the company's stab at delivering what it believes is the next big thing. Rather than go down the virtual reality route favoured by Oculus, HTC, Samsung, Google and others, Microsoft believes augmenting our reality is the future.But... Read more

Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic
4.0 stars Mattel View-Master review: A virtual reality rethinking of a classic By Chris Hall

Virtual reality, or VR, is very much the hot topic in 2016. With VR systems appearing all over the place, Mattel has reinvented the classic View-Master as its own pitch into this futuristic entertainment space.Originally launched as a stereoscopic toy,... Read more