A chance encounter leads to a Force fuelled virtual reality adventure in Vader Immortal Lightsaber Dojo. But did it live up to the hype?
I went to Dave and Busters for my sister’s 20th birthday and enjoyed watching her have fun and win various games. I didn’t want to take up most of her game “money” but I did play a few games. Then it was time to cash in the points. While waiting I noticed a game in the corner of the store that I did not see until that last moment. The Force called to me and I approached. It was the VR game Vader Immortal Lightsaber Dojo. I NEEDED to play.
The VR headset would not allow me to use my glasses so my vision was a little blurred. But honestly, I never felt so immersed in Star Wars like I was actually wielding a lightsaber! I take back everything I say about VR being primitive. We are quickly getting to full immersion. I worked Qui-Gon Jinn’s saber and was pretty clumsy. I kept turning the blade on and off and had difficulty batting away the blaster bolts the Stormtroopers were firing at me.
I guess I need more training. However, the experience was just amazing. I also used a blaster and fired Force lighting from my hand to fry a few droids. It was invigorating. Also while swinging the blade and firing the blaster, I understand why Stormtroopers miss a lot and why Jedi can die. Hitting a target with a gun is hard and lightsaber dueling involves a lot of strength and reflex. Yes, it’s silly to compare VR to what a real gun or lightsaber would be like, but the whole concept is the same.
I had so much fun with Vader Immortal Lightsaber Dojo and advise everyone to invest in VR technologies. You really are transported to another universe and I forgot that I was playing a game at some points.
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!