Did you ever play one of those stand-up shooter arcade machines that had a pressure pad on the floor? It killed your knees, but it allowed you to duck down behind allies to reload, or use your riot shield to protect you from enemy bullets. I thought it was a neat idea at the time and clearly I wasn’t the only one, as someone is now using the Oculus Rift and a Razer Hydra controller to do the same thing.
The man behind it, is Teddy Lipowitz, who sounds like the bad guy in a Willy Wonka sequel, and since not many of us have access to a Rift yet, he was kind enough to put out a video of him using the set up to play a short shooter sequence, where he’s ducking behind cover, leaning around corners and gunning down enemies.[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSoj9EU7pWs’]
The game is one of his own creation, with clear inspiration from Gears of War and Halo and while it’s a bit of a meat grinder, it serves its purpose of showing off the technology behind it very well.
Perhaps the most interesting parts are that this hardware configuration lets you blind fire over cover and that it gives a very good sense of being under heavy fire and not being able to do much about it. Thank god the enemy plasma shots are so slow.
KitGuru Says: The more I see of the Rift in action, the more I want one. I may have to dip into my wedding funds to get one… don’t tell anyone.[Thanks PCGamesN]