Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or someone who can’t craft a diamond sword to save your life, I’m sure you’ve had a go at virtual reality (VR), or at least have heard of what it is.
With the release of the latest Oculus Rift, VR gaming has been all the craze. But to be able to immerse in VR with friends is taking it to the next level.
Hailing all the way from Australia, Zero Latency was Singapore’s first VR free-roaming, multi-player gaming arena.
And although we already had a chance to try it previously, this time they’re back with more roaming space and even more zombies in their latest game, Outbreak Origins.
You can’t miss the arena located on the highest floor of Suntec City, just a few units down from Golden Village. Trust us, you’ll know it when you see it.
The interior looks equally as futuristic as its exterior, but don’t get too hyped just yet — this is only the waiting area before the fun starts.
As with our previous visit, you’ll have to register a waiver form for those aged 18 and above. In the process, you get to choose your player name too, which will be what everyone else sees you as in the game.
On a side note, I was impressed with the fact that they had an “N/A” option when choosing our genders — look at us being an inclusive society and all.
After the registration, we moved into the next space to suit up and be briefed.
We were briefed about the gameplay, boundaries and zombie killing stuff. Don’t worry if you’re a VR virgin or bad at shooting (like me), the staff at Zero Latency will walk you through everything you need to know.
Each game can accommodate up to eight players, and it’s recommended to max that out for the best experience.
These fancy backpacks here are actually the Alienware PC that you’ll have to carry around (you’ll forget about its weight soon enough, and for the boys, this has definitely got nothing on NS).
Of course, the very essence of recreating the VR experience lies in the OSVR HDK2 headset that you’ll be donning. For my bespectacled readers, try to come wearing your contact lenses because eyewear is strictly not allowed.
If not, you can always rely on their built-in eye focus tabs.
To top off your gear, Razer headsets will have to be put on for in-game communication (in all honesty, it’s just screaming in your ear half the time).
It’s me! All suited up and ready to kick some zombie ass. I was feeling pretty confident before heading into the gaming arena (I don’t think my smile would’ve been that wide if I had any idea of what was coming).
As you can see, the grid-marked arena is pretty huge, giving players more than ample space to roam freely during the game.
For this game, we were split down the middle into two teams of four, and left to fend for ourselves separately before being reunited again in the later half.
I won’t be giving out too many spoilers, but let’s just say you can expect lots of zombie shooting, walking up precarious ramps almost in mid-air and going on a wild helicopter ride.
Some zombies will charge towards you faster than others, so pick your battles wisely. You don’t want to be caught up in a swarm of flesh-eating entities; it’ll be very hard to kill them off that way.
What can I tell you about the helicopter ride? My only advice is to get a good grip and hang on tight, you’re gonna need it. This is a new feature, which was not in the previous game.
Also, check out the floating special weapon in yellow at the back — walk towards it and grab it for an advantage in tackling the monsters to come. Oh, and bonus points for headshots!
Here’s the other four of us desperately trying to defend our base from the hoard of zombies trudging our way. (I don’t think you actually have to stoop so low to attack, I was just being extra.)
Just a little more action for your viewing pleasure.
Aaand… our mandatory victory group picture after the game.
After leaving the arena, our results were shown on the screen outside. (Read: I wasn’t looking forward to being shamed for my bad shooting.)
Clearly, I’d be the first to die in a zombie apocalypse (my player name is Ice Bear, if you haven’t already guessed it). But I mean, compared to my gamer guy friends who make DOTA their nightly affair, you have to cut me some slack right?
I think we did pretty well to have emerged 10th in our team rank, and kudos to the top three players for tanking the game for us. As for finding the cure… you’ll have to come and experience it for yourself!
Price: S$69 per pax