Game Info:

Naked Sun VR
Developed by: Door Z Studio
Published by: Door Z Studio
Release date: July 17, 2018
Available on: HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Valve Index
Genre: On-rails shooter
Number of players: Single-player
ESRB Rating: Not rated
Price: $5.99

Thank you Door Z Studio for sending us this game to review!

Naked Sun is an on-rails shooter that takes place in the 23rd century. Androids have turned against their human creators and declared war on them. Your character whose codename is Blackbird, is a hybrid with a human brain inside of a machine body. Your goal is to reclaim Mexico City from the hostile AI robots guarding it. You are humanity’s last hope.

Upon launching the game, you can play the tutorial, story, or arcade mode. I highly recommend going through the tutorial so you can learn how to switch your gun mode, deploy your shield, and use the rocket launcher. The guns you wield have two firing modes, a more powerful 16-shot mode and a rapid-fire 60 round mode. I preferred the rapid-fire mode. You have an unlimited number of reloads (infinite ammo) but you will lose time reloading so you’ll have to coordinate that and pay attention to your remaining ammo levels. The shield is handy, but lasts for a limited time before you can redeploy it. The same can be said about the rocket launcher which has a cool-down period.


Strong Points: Fun on-rails shooter that has three difficulty levels and an arcade mode with online leaderboards
Weak Points: Short story mode that can be completed in less than an hour
Moral Warnings: You’re shooting down robotic enemies 

Once you’re familiar with your weapon layout, it’s time to jump into the action. The story mode is rather short and can be completed in less than an hour. The Arcade mode is endless and your goal is to kill the most and survive the longest to earn a respectable place on the online leaderboards. Both the arcade and story modes offer three difficulty levels: Easy, Normal, and Hard.

The enemies are all robotic so there is no bloodshed. You’ll be shooting down robots with and without shields as well as various flying drones. All of the enemies will be spraying bullets your way so keep that shield deployed when you’re under heavy fire. Thankfully, your health bar replenishes if you don’t take damage for a bit. There are only a handful of enemies, but there’s plenty of them to keep you on your feet.

Naked Sun VR
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 78%
Gameplay: 13/20
Graphics: 8/10
Sound: 8/10
Stability: 5/5
Controls: 5/5

Morality Score - 94%
Violence: 7/10
Language: 10/10
Sexual Content: 10/10
Occult/Supernatural: 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical: 10/10

There are two boss battles and they both are the same flying drone-like device with Gatling guns and rocket launchers. You can only do damage when the weapons are deployed and ready to fire so you have a short time window to attack before you have to block bullets with your shield or shoot down incoming rockets. After you beat the boss the first time, you’ll know what to do when it returns later in the game. It’s a shame that there’s not a lot of variety in enemies or much gameplay here.

The on-rails gameplay works well in VR and I did not experience any motion sickness while playing this game. The Unreal engine was used and the visuals look good. The explosions and physics look and function as expected. I like how you can use the environment to attack the enemies. For example, if a bunch of enemy robots are standing on a bridge you can shoot down the support beams and knock them all down into oblivion. Timing is key otherwise you’re just destroying the environment.

It's a shame that this game is rather short. The asking price is $5.99 and I have seen it as low as fifty-nine cents during a Steam sale. It’s definitely worth the sale price and hopefully more content will be added to make it well worth the retail price.

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