Colosse – The Brief

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What could possibly go wrong?

This is the time that people have to experiment with VR. There are lots of free titles out there that anyone can get their hands on that all explore slightly different aspects of the tool. Colosse is one of these tech demo pieces. It is short, but is it sweet?


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This is not really a game. There is no interaction with what is around you. You do not play the role, or take the place of a character in the game. Instead you are a spectator. The developers do tell players this on their Steam page. They describe it as a:

“a real-time virtual reality storytelling experience”

I think to an extent this is an accurate description. It is much more about the story it tells (even though it only takes 5 minutes) than about any kind of influence. As pretty as this is, the lack of inclusion of the player at any point in the story makes it seem much more like watching a 360 video in youtube than it does being in a living space. You can move within a specific region, but that region is set by the developers. It will never move. In essence all you are doing is watching events unfold around you.

 

This is not to say that the animation or short story is not pleasant. It is just that it is not a very encompassing experience. For those that have a VR headset, like the Vive, I would certainly recommend jumping into Colosse. It is just that you must remember that you cannot expect huge things. Just enjoy the feeling that is VR.


 

Julian has been involved in the games industry for more than a couple of years now, from working in retail to developing board games to judging Magic: the Gathering tournaments Australia wide. Now as a writer for OK Games he likes to explore niche titles that try to approach gaming from a different perspective. Now all he needs to do is start finishing all those games in his Steam Library...