Re-imagining the Retro for VR gaming

VR gaming is here to stay, and it’s not likely to go away. Now if only developers can reimiagine some of the old games for this style of play!

Star Wars (Atari 1983)

Faster than R2D2 projecting an image of Princess Leia, the idea to bring this franchise to VR arrived sooner than later. Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: X-Wing VR Mission can be considered to be a spiritual successor to the original vector graphic arcade game. Rogue One: Recon – A Star Wars 360 Experience is another example, but players have yet to find a game to recreate the fabulous Trench sequence (Battle of Yavin) from A New Hope. The arcade game, Star Wars: Battle Pod thankfully fulfills that niche and offers a lot more in an arcade cabinet sans headset! (i.e. no 3D)

The thrill of experiencing this classic moment is a must. While vector graphics will be out and a fully rendered environment is in to make the experience feel real, the big question many fans will have is if this idea is even in the pipeline? Outside of this need, the crowds are rejoicing for Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, an augmented reality game where fans can enjoy fighting Kylo Ren with Luke’s original lightsaber. Actually, that’s Anakin’s first lightsaber …

Author: Ed Sum

I'm a freelance videographer and entertainment journalist (Absolute Underground Magazine, Two Hungry Blokes, and Otaku no Culture) with a wide range of interests. From archaeology to popular culture to paranormal studies, there's no stone unturned. Digging for the past and embracing "The Future" is my mantra.

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