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DOOM VFR Launches on PlayStation VR and HTC Vive

The long-awaited virtual reality (VR) exclusive DOOM VFR is no available for PlayStation VR and HTC Vive throughout North America and Europe. Developed by Escalation Studios in conjunction with Bethesda Game Studios, DOOM VFR is a visceral VR rendition of the familiar first-person shooter (FPS) genre that the original DOOM helped to popularise.

DOOM VFR screenshotDOOM VFR makes significant adaptation of the traditional DOOM formula to allow for the limitations of modern VR. While the immersive nature of the videogame is second-to-none, the control mechanics are undeniably limiting. As such, one aspect that has seen significant changes is the videogame’s melee system.

What’s better than shooting demons on Mars? Bashing their heads in with the might of your own bodyweight, of course. DOOM VFR may not feature the same horrific glory kill animations as 2016’s DOOM, but the mechanic still exists in a new form, as can be seen in a new gameplay video below.

VRFocus recently delivered a review of DOOM VFR, stating “It’s true that the visual quality has suffered dramatically and the control systems could be seen as far too awkward by many, but the fact that DOOM VFR pushes so hard against the VR grain makes it well worth any PlayStation VR owner’s time and money.”

DOOM VFR screenshotDOOM VFR is the second of three VR titles from Bethesda Game Studios launching this year, with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR having launched to critical acclaim last month and Fallout 4 VR arriving later this month. However, DOOM VFR is the only title in the line-up that stands as an original title; DOOM VFR is a standalone release that is tied to DOOM in setting only, whilst The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR and Fallout 4 VR are essentially VR adaptations of traditional PC and console videogames.

DOOM VFR is available now with a suggested retail price (SRP) of £19.99 GBP, a remarkable price point considering both The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR and Fallout 4 VR are offered at full retail price. Worth of note however, is that, at the time of writing, Amazon is offering the videogame for £14 on PlayStation VR and £12 for HTC Vive.

You can watch VRFocus grabbing a Berserk power-up and executing numerous demons in the short video below, and be sure to stay right here for more details on Bethesda Game Studios’ other VR titles.