I still don’t own a PlayStation VR headset yet, but if there is one game out there that could convince me that it is a necessity, it’s Ace Combat 7. I’ve been a fan of the series since the days of the PlayStation 2, and Bandai Namco has made all the right moves to put it back on its feet after a rocky decade.
And surprisingly, it might be VR that actually puts the franchise over the top. I’ve never considered VR to be a “be all, end all” approach to game design, but there isn’t a series out there better suited for it. Sitting in a cockpit, flying above the Earth, beautiful images flying around you, but none so complex that the VR has a problem rendering them.
This latest video will show you what I mean. Bandai Namco brought the game to Taipei Game Show and showed off more of what the VR can do. Naturally, it doesn’t have the full effect without a headset, but you can use your imagination to fill in the gaps.
Becoming an ace pilot once again
The Ace Combat series has always succeeded in making players seem like they are their own pilot, never turning to a faced protagonist or an avatar to get the job done. This is one case in which VR can help improve the artistic goals of the game rather than just the technological ones.
In Ace Combat 7, you are the pilot, more so than ever before. The game will release in 2017 for the PlayStation 4.