ILMxLAB Debuts New Star Wars Experience for Oculus Quest

ILMxLAB’s virtual experience, “Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge,” launches today in the Oculus Quest store for $25. Critical buzz is that it is levels above ILMxLAB’s previous VR series, “Vader Immortal,” a classic story in three episodes. The new VR experience excels at immersing the user in the Star Wars universe with the freedom to play and interact in a multitude of ways and have numerous exciting experiences, including chatting with bartender Seezelslak, played by Bobby Moynihan. former cast member of “Saturday Night Live.”

The Engadget reviewer notes that he “spent several minutes just drinking in the atmosphere, like the porgs strewn throughout, and the out of place ‘50s era jukebox.” In the persona of a Droid technician, the user has “to rely on less civilized guns and accessories, like remote droids and thermal detonators.” “Think of it like ‘Rogue One’,” he says. “You’re stepping into the shoes of someone who doesn’t normally star in a Star Wars film.”

The “fairly linear hallways” in the game make it “not the truly open Borderlands-esque experience [the reviewer] was hoping for, but the game is still a pretty compelling VR experience.” One upside is the “variety of ways” to wipe out enemies, as well as using the jet pack “to perch yourself on high spots.”

The reviewer played the game with an Oculus Quest 2, and says that, although you can play it on the original Quest, using the Quest 2 is “a far brighter and more colorful game than ‘Vader Immortal,’ and the headset’s improved resolution made everything look sharper.” Sound design and score by “Battlestar Galactica” composer Bear McCreary, “genuinely made me feel like I was starring in my own Star Wars film … and an eventual appearance by C-3PO (voiced by Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 cemented the experience even further.”

He adds that, “for most players, the highlight of the game will be the Temple of Darkness, the story Seezelslak ends up telling you once you collect his drink ingredients.” In this 15-minute story, the player is in the role of “a Jedi padawan who lived during the High Republic era … [and] eventually needs the help of Yoda himself, voiced by Frank Oz.”

ILMxLAB senior producer Alyssa Finley reported that the company will release more stories under the title.

Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge Is a Tiny Game That Feels Huge, The Verge, 11/19/20
‘Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge’ Review – Beautiful but Basic Shooter with Story DLC, Road to VR, 11/19/20

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