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Rediscovering old Oculus gems: Arktika.1 is an amazing AAA game - awesome graphics and gameplay!

RuneSR2
Level 15

Short intro to one of the very few Oculus AAA VR games:

 

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Trailers:

 

 

 

Some screenshots:

 

Click on one of the above images to enlarge - or many great details may be hard to see.

 

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Great textures! - check the gun and the hand etc.

 

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Impressive opponents - with lots of polygons 🙂

 

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Graphics are jaw-droppingly beautiful

 

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Awesome monsters - and nicely animated in-game

 

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She does look pretty 😍

 

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Intense gunfights

 

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Great environments

 

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Just another example of detailed environments

 

The game is here:

https://www.oculus.com/experiences/rift/682000918570174/?locale=en_US

 

Note that according to Oculus, Arktika.1 isn't your usual low quality and short indie title, but an AAA experience:

 

"Using the newest version of the 4A Engine, ARKTIKA.1 delivers the most impressive visuals ever seen in VR, along with the immersion and world building that 4A Games is known for, in a full AAA package. Experience a post-apocalyptic vision of the future like never before; in full VR."

 

I couldn't agree more.  And with a high-end gpu, today this game shines like never before. Using my RTX 3090 and extreme amounts of super-sampling this may easily be one of my favorite VR games.

Valve Index & Oculus Rift CV1, Asus Strix OC RTX™ 3090, i9-10900K (5.3Ghz), 32GB 3200MHz, 8TB
"Ask not what VR can do for you, but what you can do for VR"

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RuneSR2
Level 15

Btw - some more shots - SteamVR res 300% - and the game is still solid 90 fps (using medium in-game graphics setting, but High and Extreme seems to add some super sampling):

 

Hands and weapons - detail (texture quality)

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Weapons can be upgraded - and I do love shopping! 😁

 

Real-time shadows and lighting

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Dynamic shadows are limited for your own character - but like in Alyx you get hands and weapons, see the shadow on the ground

 

Environments:

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Ground textures are highly detailed - and environments have a high polygon count

 

Opponents and npcs

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Her face is too long - she does not look like that in-game. Quality is not like Olivia in Lone Echo, but not bad either

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Zenbane
Level 15

I thoroughly enjoyed this game when it was first release. The developers did a great job. However, this is not a AAA Package.

 

AAA titles in this genre would be something like the Metro series or Doom Eternal. Arktika simply can't compare. Granted, it is unfair to compare it because Arktika had significantly less development time than a true AAA package.

 

At best, we could say that Arktika is "more AAA" than the slew of demos and early access titles across SteamVR. But being "more AAA than a demo" doesn't make it AAA.

 

AAA titles are very few and far between in VR:

  • Chronos
  • Asgard's Wrath
  • Mage's Tale
  • Lone Echo

 

Arktika is fun, but not a full fledged AAA title.

RuneSR2
Level 15

Btw, made much the same post on Oculus Subreddit - and it has been upvoted more than 500 times:

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/pr5ft7/rediscovering_old_oculus_gems_artika1_is_amazing/

 

Great to see such a strong interest in the awesome old - but original - AAA Oculus games!

 

Btw, these games may not be new - but it's first with the new high-res lcd hmds with close to no SDE, and with high-end gpus (like a RTX 3080) that these games truly shine, especially a game like Arktika.1 which has high-res textures. I still need that RTX 5090 Ti to get Stormland flying, lol. But I do love that game using the CV1, which has no TAA blur. 

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@RuneSR2 wrote:

Btw, made much the same post on Oculus Subreddit - and it has been upvoted more than 500 times:

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/oculus/comments/pr5ft7/rediscovering_old_oculus_gems_artika1_is_amazing/

 

Great to see such a strong interest in the awesome old - but original - AAA Oculus games!

 


Looking at the reddit comments, it seems that others do agree that while Arktika one looks and plays nice, it is certainly not a AAA game:

 

"It looks good and plays well, but the lack of free movement does hold it back and some aspects of it feel a bit rushed and shallow."

 

"Was pretty good, but the gameplay is very much limited by the location based movement system."

 

"I loved it back in the day but it's totally outdated now. With full locomotion it would be a blast but teleportation-only these days is a big no. Still a very fun game, though and a good game for new players who have never played VR before."

 

 

I have to agree with those comments. It's a nice looking game that was fun for its time. But it was not built for AAA caliber, and today there are just far too many better options. This is more of a "starter game" for newcomers.

RuneSR2
Level 15

The game continues to be totally amazing - but it does have a somewhat slow start. I'm now about 40% through the game, and I'm starting to see why Oculus and 4A Games call this an AAA game. When it comes to shooters, not sure anything but Alyx and Stormland come close (ok, Arizona Sunshine isn't bad too). 

You do need a very fast gpu to enjoy Arktika.1 in all its glory - I could easily use something faster than the RTX 3090. The game does look great using Index res 300% and Medium details, but for the Extreme setting a gpu twice as fast as the RTX 3090 would not be wasted (the Extreme setting increases super sampling, so maybe going from Medium to Extreme using SteamVR res 300% will increase my res to maybe 400-450% which would explain the great performance reduction using Extreme). 

 

The shield is quite awesome, makes you feel like one of the Combine soldiers who have similar shields:

 

(All images are direct screenshots showing the game like it appears using Index res 300%)

 

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One shield in Arktika.1

 

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Here the shield is activated - can be upgraded to lower recharge rate and to increase battery life

 

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Fire fight - gun in left hand, activated shield in right hand

 

Weapons and the like can be upgraded much like in Alyx - maybe Valve did steal that idea to be used in Alyx. Also you only have hands like in Alyx - and Arktika.1 like Alyx has many horror elements. 

 

Here's an example of environments from Arktika.1:

 

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A broken plane in the background

 

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Nice lights and shadows

 

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More great illumination 

 

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A fun scene - the mannequins are standing still 😉

 

Objects and npcs look awesome too:

 

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Npcs have great details

 

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Check out the details on the record player - and the reflections

 

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Devs paid much attention to details - check out the textures on this broken plane

 

Few VR game have impressed me more than Arktika.1 - and I'm happy I waited playing this game until I got the RTX 3090. Using a high-end gpu for this game is a total game changer. My rating of this game would be 95% right now, but need to play it more.

Valve Index & Oculus Rift CV1, Asus Strix OC RTX™ 3090, i9-10900K (5.3Ghz), 32GB 3200MHz, 8TB
"Ask not what VR can do for you, but what you can do for VR"

RuneSR2
Level 15

Just wanted to share my new gun - this game is awesome! It shoots some plasma arrows, works great 😈

 

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- and following the drone was fun (picture below). There's quite a lot of variation during the levels - I'm 60% through the game, it's still 9/10 🙂

 

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@RuneSR2 wrote:

When it comes to shooters, not sure anything but Alyx and Stormland come close (ok, Arizona Sunshine isn't bad too). 

 


Arizona Sunshine is a significantly better shooter. Any shooter that allows free-form movement instead of Teleportation is going to provide a better overall shooter experience.

 

Considering how old Arktika is at this point, it is going to be hard to convince anyone who isn't a VR newbie that this is a full-fledged AAA experience.

 

You have to remember that many gamers judge games based on mechanics, features, plot, and character development. Not just graphics.

 

Arktika certainly "felt" AAA at the time of release; but that's only because there were hardly any decent games available.

 

As many people said in the reddit link you provided... Arktika is decent for newcomers. Vets may get bored quickly. Especially since many of the levels function as mere wave shooters. And there are plenty of better wave shooters available for VR; with Space Pirate Trainer still being the best.

RuneSR2
Level 15

This was mindblowingly awesome - so the girl:

 

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- she's so incredibly detailed you can even see the tiny arteries in her eyes 😮 (Click to enlarge the screenshot)

 

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This is the attention to detail the devs put into the game - and details people just rushing through the game might never notice. 

 

I'm taking it slow - enjoyed some more volumetric lights today, looks awesome right?

 

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More light, textures and effects:

 

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 - and the environments are simply stunning, like:

 

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Many objects in Arktika.1 are destructible - thus you can shoot chairs, icicles and much more. Maybe a better shot of the record player, lol - but check the attention to details again:

 

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Btw, even if some parts of this game is quite dark, you're never alone in the dark 😂 

 

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@RuneSR2 wrote:

This is the attention to detail the devs put into the game - and details people just rushing through the game might never notice. 


 

The biggest issue is that this is Teleportation-only, so it's hard to truly appreciate all the attention to detail when you cannot walk around and explore freely.

 

A very good looking game. It's a shame that after all these years the Devs didn't update the content to bring it up to par with current AAA VR standards.