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Xion - awesome and original retro shooter

RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 1,162
Wintermute
edited October 2018 in Games and Apps
A few days ago this game arrived:



https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/1868957053126430/

Intro according to the devs:
"Xion reVives the arcade and shoot'em ups of the 90's in a refreshing and unique rogue style and destructible voxel landscape setting!  Blast your way through multiple randomized levels!  EVERYTHING is destructible!  Design and build your own ship!  Defeat the big bad end-bosses of each level!" 


The game should perform just perfectly on most rigs:

    RECOMMENDED:
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 4590 or AMD FX 8350 or greater
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or better
    • Storage: 100 MB available space

Note that right now the game's just $10 in the Oculus Store, but $15 on Steam - maybe the game will be 50% more expensive in the Oculus Store shortly... $10 is a great price. 

My review from Oculus Store:

"Awesome game - perfect performance
Great retro shooter, but still very original. You've never tried anything like this before! In another review it said that this game felt like being inside a Commodore 64, and that's a nice description, but it's probably more like a Commodore Amiga, although none of these classic machine even remotely had the power to make a game like Xion. I was worried due to another review stating poor performance, but I could in absolutely no way reproduce this problem. Using Oculus Tray Tool this game performed at a perfect 90 fps even when forcing super sampling 2.0! And that was using the "beautiful" cpu preset and no anisotropic filtering and no MSAA. Then I tried to more or less max out the game by adding 4xMSAA and forcing anisotropic filtering - and whoa - I still got 90 fps with 30 to 40 % headroom! (Remember I'm still forcing super sampling 2.0.) It may make good sense - this game is voxel based, and you can shoot the terrain too. Thus this game may be cpu intensive (I've got a i7 7700K, 16GB 3200Mhz), but it's in no way GPU intensive - the game should work flawlessly on lower end rigs (I'm using heavily oc'ed GTX 1080). Actually few games are as optimized on the Rift as Xion. The game is great fun. You build your own ship and then shoot nearly everything that moves. Your right hand is your ship, so your ship follows your hand movements exactly. The left hand is used to monitor your health and to pick up items. The game works so much better than the great old arcade machine thanks to VR. Congrats to the devs for producing this flawless gem! PS. Should I criticize one thing, then it would be great with an option to change hands - I'm left handed :-)"

I rated the game 4 stars for the gameplay + 1 star for the awesome performance. 

I did read this review, which for days kept me from purchasing the game: 
"The bad. Serious performance hit on my machine 6600K, 16GB, 1080Ti. The first level is fine but it starts going downhill from there. Lots of stutter and dropped frames with default graphical settings set to "fastest". By the 3rd game is barely playable. Other games worked fine and tried rebooting but the stutter remains. Perhaps a memory leak or something as the start of the game seems fine. I'll check back after updates to see if this gets fixed."

As I've written in my review I could reproduce no of those problems - in fact, Xion is one of the best optimized games on the Rift. 

Some screenshots that don't do the game much justice - you simply cannot show VR as flat 2D images, sadly:











Building your ship:


Your ship (ok, not in the first level ;-)


Boss fight (large tank in the background, not easy to see):


Paradise Decay has made a nice review of the game:


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"Ask not what VR can do for you – ask what you can do for VR" ;-)

Comments

  • KlodsBrikKlodsBrik Posts: 800
    3Jane
    I haven´t come across this title before.
     Seeing how much it looks like zaxxon, brings back sweet c64 memories .... Easy purchase. Downloading as I write this !
    Be good, die great !
  • KlodsBrikKlodsBrik Posts: 800
    3Jane
     Just played throug the first level to try it out. F1 starting in 10min. if it wasn´t for that I would have kept going !

    Definately feels like a fast paced retro shoot em up. I love how one have to navigate through the enviroment using your whole body ( at least to get the best view of things ). Nice feel to how powerups are delivered, and it feels rewarding getting as many enemies as possible.

     So far this game deserves more than the low rating it got so far!

    Will get back into this game soon for sure !
    Be good, die great !
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 1,162
    Wintermute
    edited October 2018
    KlodsBrik said:
    I haven´t come across this title before.
     Seeing how much it looks like zaxxon, brings back sweet c64 memories .... Easy purchase. Downloading as I write this !
     
    Maybe it's a bit like Zaxxon - maybe not so much the CBM64 version, I vote for the Sega version  ;)



    Level 2, especially the boss, got me thinking of R-Type. Love how some enemies in Xion are flying right next to your face - like you could reach out and grab them - that's what you get in VR, never had that feeling in pancake games!
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    "Ask not what VR can do for you – ask what you can do for VR" ;-)
  • KlodsBrikKlodsBrik Posts: 800
    3Jane
    Hehe ... I meant to write "remind me of Zaxxon" :P
    IO, Delta and R-Type for that matter .... I will get nostalgia trips playing this game for sure ! 
    Be good, die great !
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 1,162
    Wintermute
    edited October 2018
    Hmmm, yes, gotta write to the Xion devs to let them know that their game needs some proper music  o:)



    Nothing is better than Hubbard!  <3

    Looking at that video, the road from Delta to Xion has been very very long  :D
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    "Ask not what VR can do for you – ask what you can do for VR" ;-)
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 12,413 Power Poster
    Very fascinating. I just bought Sacralith but still haven't been able to load it up. I'm a bit behind on gaming. Xion will have to wait a bit longer before it gets in my Library. But very nice reading the community feedback on it!

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  • KlodsBrikKlodsBrik Posts: 800
    3Jane
    I want Sacralith as well ... lol  @Zenbane If you could see my backlog of games I´ve bought and haven´t played yet plus all the games I´ve only scratched the surface on, you would be embarrased by me :lol:

    Thing is, I really want to play em all, but rarely have the time, or im just to tired due to work.
     I will get through all of them eventually !

    Got this as I could tell from the video that I would be able to have quick 10min. sessions now and then.

    Be good, die great !
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 12,413 Power Poster
    Sacralith is the only title on my Backlog. I got caught up way earlier this year, but as soon as I buy a game that I won't touch the same day I buy it... I put myself in a purchasing Time Out lol

    Also, I have my GO which I tend to buy apps for once a month. I just completed Augmented Empire on GO and it was fun as hell. That is actually why I haven't loaded up Sacralith, on top of the fact that the approaching Holiday Season is keeping me quite busy.

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  • DoctoriDoctori Posts: 15
    NerveGear
    RuneSR2 said:
    KlodsBrik said:
    I haven´t come across this title before.
     Seeing how much it looks like zaxxon, brings back sweet c64 memories .... Easy purchase. Downloading as I write this !
     
    Maybe it's a bit like Zaxxon - maybe not so much the CBM64 version, I vote for the Sega version  ;)



    Level 2, especially the boss, got me thinking of R-Type. Love how some enemies in Xion are flying right next to your face - like you could reach out and grab them - that's what you get in VR, never had that feeling in pancake games!
    Wow, this brings back memories... holy cow !!!! Those red fuel containers. I forgot about that game but seeing those red containers really sparked a great nastalgia moment for me...
  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 26,156 Oculus Staff
    Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing.
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  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 26,156 Oculus Staff
    edited October 2018
    RuneSR2 said:
    KlodsBrik said:
    I haven´t come across this title before.
     Seeing how much it looks like zaxxon, brings back sweet c64 memories .... Easy purchase. Downloading as I write this !
     
    Maybe it's a bit like Zaxxon - maybe not so much the CBM64 version, I vote for the Sega version  ;)



    Level 2, especially the boss, got me thinking of R-Type. Love how some enemies in Xion are flying right next to your face - like you could reach out and grab them - that's what you get in VR, never had that feeling in pancake games!

     I remember playing this, I think on a friend's Atari. Really amazing back then, thanks for the video.
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  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 1,492
    Project 2501
    WHY MUST YOU TEMPT ME!!!  DARN YOU!!!!!!! :D

    I'll pick it up on my next payday which is on Thursday.  Looks like a lot of fun.

    You can also play a similar type game on The Lab on Steam.
  • vanfanelvanfanel Posts: 180
    Art3mis
    I was the reviewer that mentioned poor performance. I really wanted to play more of the game but unfortunately I had to refund it as I tried everything I could but couldn't stop the performance drop on my system. Since I didn't see anyone else with the problem I wasn't sure if my issue would ever get resolved. I'll monitor their updates and if they can identify my issue on their side I'll gladly pick it up again because it really is an awesome game!
  • KlodsBrikKlodsBrik Posts: 800
    3Jane
    @vanfanel , an update just came out today:
    Maybe someone else who had stutter ingame can confirm it´s now gone?

    It really is an enjoyable game ! :):smile:

    Be good, die great !
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 1,162
    Wintermute
    KlodsBrik said:
    @vanfanel , an update just came out today:
    Maybe someone else who had stutter ingame can confirm it´s now gone?

    It really is an enjoyable game ! :):smile:


    Awesome - I did contact the devs some days ago about my settings not being saved - great to see it has been fixed. In case of other problems, maybe the best way is to contact the developers here:

    https://steamcommunity.com/app/644420/discussions/0/1735463620081005859/
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    "Ask not what VR can do for you – ask what you can do for VR" ;-)
  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 1,492
    Project 2501
    $12.00CDN well spent.....and 4 hours of my "productive" life spent.  LOL!!!!

    Great fun....I really hate those big white ships with the blue plasma cannons though.  LOL!!!

    Hey @RuneSR2 ...I managed to beat all your highs scores!  Woohoo!!! :D
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 1,162
    Wintermute
    edited October 2018
    Hey @RuneSR2 ...I managed to beat all your highs scores!  Woohoo!!! :D

    Congratulations!  :'( :D (I must have been distracted a lot by the Oculus Tray Tool Performance HUD, heh)

    Actually I've only played the game online once or maybe twice - the other times were the 1-life mode  B)

    Anyway, new patch is working OK - you can now save, but your settings aren't loaded until you click on "Options". I've informed the devs.

    Playing 1-life mode, the game crashed when I was game over - never did that before (tested it twice, same result). The online mode where your game is saved seems to work.

    Performance is the same I think - I got the usual 90 fps + 20 to 40 % headroom using ss 2.0, 4xMSAA, anisotropic, max res textures and best (beautiful) voxel detail level. 

    Yeah, the bosses are awesome - Xion bosses levels 2-3 remind me of the big spaceship in R-Type (stage 3, those were the days!):


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    "Ask not what VR can do for you – ask what you can do for VR" ;-)
  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 1,492
    Project 2501
    It had a couple annoying bugs. The machine gun turrets are WAY too loud and when you put your guns on your ship they start blasting away and won’t stop until you press the trigger to stop them. 
  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 26,156 Oculus Staff
    This was one of my favorites on Sega Saturn.


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  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 1,162
    Wintermute
    Maybe I worry too much - but it's been more than 2 weeks since Xion launched, and there're only 9 reviews in the Oculus Store. Maybe people don't like such shooters, or maybe these 9 reviews cover everything so no one wants to write another review - and maybe very few persons have tried this amazing game. 

    If you like old retro-shooters and don't know how to spend this Saturday - give Xion a try  B) 

    Maybe we're just too few users with way too much VR content to share. I can see than many of the new apps and games are very slow to pick up reviews, maybe I should give Attenborough's Hold the World a try later...  o:)
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    "Ask not what VR can do for you – ask what you can do for VR" ;-)
  • RuneSR2RuneSR2 Posts: 1,162
    Wintermute
    edited November 2018
    Xion is just $ 4.99 on Steam today:

    https://store.steampowered.com/app/644420/Xion/

    Personally I think it's sad to see devs having to more or less give their awesome VR games away for free - I don't know if the price is that low in the Oculus Store (it just say "Purchased" when I check the store page). Do support the developers if you like this sort of games! I own many $20+ VR games that impressed me far less than Xion. 
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  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 1,492
    Project 2501
    It is a great game. 
  • Rob_In_PhoenixRob_In_Phoenix Posts: 290
    Nexus 6
    Wow, Minecraft meets Zaxxon.  A cool combination.  I believe I have Zaxxon for my C64.  Another reason to get that thing set up and running again.
  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 1,492
    Project 2501
    Goodness please don’t compare Minecraft to this. Unlike Minecraft THIS IS A GOOD GAME. 

    The blocks are supposed to be pixels. 
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 12,413 Power Poster
    Digikid1 said:
    Goodness please don’t compare Minecraft to this. Unlike Minecraft THIS IS A GOOD GAME. 




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  • Digikid1Digikid1 Posts: 1,492
    Project 2501
    Zenbane said:
    Digikid1 said:
    Goodness please don’t compare Minecraft to this. Unlike Minecraft THIS IS A GOOD GAME. 




    LOL. I just hate Minecraft with a passion. It amazes me how crappy games are adopted by so many people. It boggles the mind. 

    /on topic

    Has anyone beat the game yet?
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