"Downward Spiral: Prologue" Preview, Trailer

Downward Spiral: Prologue, set for release on April 1st for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift on Steam, is an action adventure VR title that take place in an anti-gravity environment. This title (from 3rd Eye Studios Oy LTD), serves as the first installment of the Downward Spiral Anthology Series.

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I was given the privilege to try the title before release. In this title, I was put into the suit of an astronaut, and I find myself in a spacecraft that’s far away from Earth. There is no power to the generator, and the first order of business I have to do is to restore the power. Navigation is done by grabbing and pulling the environment (there are railings to facilitate movement). After opening a hatch, I find myself in a control room or sort, with a power switch at one side of the room. The switch restore the power to the spacecraft, and at this point, I have access to 2 different items: an light glow stick and a pistol-like weapon. Holding the touch pad allow me to select the item to equip with my hand. After toying with the switches, I was ambushed by an floating orb, which I promptly take down with the weapon.

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For the rest of the game, I also gained access to a handheld portable jetpack, which propel me in the direction I want. This enable easier navigation and allow me to move without having to rely on the environment. When held down, the jetpack can give a slightly larger boost. The entire spacecraft is rather immersive, as you also see floating items all around.

The title left me hoping for more, as I realized how polished this title is. According to the menu before the main game, this game will have multiplayer co-op mode, as well as Death Match. Graphics setting is rather limited but simple: you get to choose between Low, Medium or High.

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This title ends with a cliffhanger, with more to come in the future. Downward Spiral: Prologue will be releasing on April 1st for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive with motion support. According to the developer, the rest of the episodes will tie with each other, forming a larger plot. Check out the screenshots and the trailer for the game below: