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Wanderer looks amazing and has launched - reviews and impressions

RuneSR2
Level 15

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The trailer just arrived:

 

 

According to the devs:

“While Wanderer is an ambitious effort in delivering a feature-length game for VR, our team is confident the graphics, gameplay and story will offer an exciting prospect for VR gamers,” notes M Theory and Oddboy in a statement.

Wanderer is going to be a three-part series, with M Theory and Oddboy partnering with Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) on the first instalment. But it’s not a PlayStation VR exclusive, the studios have already confirmed that SteamVR and Oculus platforms will be supported."

https://www.vrfocus.com/2021/04/epic-time-travelling-adventure-wanderer-arrives-in-q3-2021/

 

The game is inspired by one of my favorite TV shows, namely Dark:

 

 

The action adventure game is out for Rift and SteamVR in the summer 2021 - some screenshots:

 

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RuneSR2
Level 15

Just a nice shot from Wanderer, which shows one problem to solve - but not really a hard one: when passing through the waterfall, the torch won't be lit anymore - and you need the torch to be lit:

 

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I guess 50% of my enjoyment of Wanderer is simply to be present in these magical worlds. And that goes for many other VR games too - and amazing graphics matter a lot for immersion.

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RuneSR2
Level 15

A new 90% rating by Gaming Nexus - the reviewer used a Quest 2:

 

"Any fan of puzzle or adventure games is going to have a blast pondering Wanderer’s mysteries. Wanderer requires some insane leaps of logic and intuition, which makes it incredibly satisfying when everything clicks and the pieces slide into place. It doesn’t hurt that the game is one of the best-looking VR games I’ve seen, either. The fantastic worlds, the amazing puzzle design, the spectacular characters; all combine to create a VR experience that frankly restores some of my faith in the medium. Wanderer is not to be missed."

 

Read the full review here:

 

https://www.gamingnexus.com/Article/7518/Wanderer/

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RuneSR2
Level 15

Wanderer just got two patches, and the game is close to perfect now, I had some problems losing sound when starting the game, but all works perfectly now. Changes include:

 

- Fixes softlock in watch tutorial.
- Fixes not being able to drop specific objects in some areas.

- Achievements added.
- Seated mode and player height adjustment.
- Fix controller stick input not registering.
- Added bindings for Vive Cosmos.
- Ensure Vive Wands don't appear prior to controller detection.
- Improvements to snap turn and rotation issues on Oculus and Index controllers.
- Controller based locomotion steering
- Fix grab crash when entering and leaving certain levels.
- Improvements to some watch interactions (more to come).
- Ensure the tutorial can't be overridden whilst in progress.
- General fixes to VHS tapes.
- Fixed fatal crash with Spanish Shield.
- Fix ability to locomote off boat and trigger exit.
- Improve hint dialogue.
- Improve visuals on Mayan spin puzzle.
- Fixes to inconsistencies with scoring on dart game.
- Fix the frog key disappearing.
- Ensure giant frogs don't appear in Woodrock without tripping.
- Fix to locomoting whilst holding fixed grabbables.
- Narrative variables being reset when the game is completed and a new game is selected in the same session.

 

Source: https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1599560?updates=true&emclan=103582791469876306&emgid=3127189...

 

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Just another image to show the ultramersion texture quality in Wanderer - often even better than Alyx or similar. Click on the image to enlarge 

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RuneSR2
Level 15

The game is now 15% off:

 

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1599560/Wanderer/

 

- and a new patch 1.07 arrived a few days ago:

 

  • Added English subtitles.
  • Changed locomotion to no longer bounce players back.
  • Updated 20 Jump St achievement to be obtainable.
  • Added new watch skin.
  • Adjusted placement for 5 Temporal Shards to make them obtainable.
  • Probable fix for Buckler (shield) so it no longer disappears when re-entering level.
  • Fixed recovery issues on some items.
  • Fixed issues with main narrative stopping.
  • Fixed issue with some players getting stuck or falling from raft.
  • Increased dead zone on thumbstick slightly to alleviate some players' control drift issues.
  • Removed subtle white outline for some headsets after time travelling.
  • Changed UX around items returning with you to the apartment if introduced to a new scene.
  • Fixed ability to achieve Deja Vu achievement.
  • Added more respawn areas so objects don’t get stuck in certain places.
  • Fixed bug where if player inserted item into inventory while half pressing trigger it could cause a crash when getting the item out.
  • Amended some minor spelling mistakes.
  • Fixed some locomotion issues in certain places.
  • Fixes some recovery issues on certain scenes.
  • Fixes a particular antiquity fragment becoming available before it should be.
  • Fixes issue where players would lose hands if holding certain objects and time travelling.
  • Fixes issue with watch being un-grabbable for some players at certain points.
  • Fixes issue with certain objects being thrown in levels that would prevent players from continuing.
  • Fixes softlock with specific item being used on another puzzle and becoming unavailable.
  • Fixed some duplication issues with certain places and objects.
  • Potential fix for Temporal Shards going missing.
  • Fixes issue with some collectible items going missing.
  • Fixed issue where Steam users would start on the floor.
  • Fixed issue that could cause a crash when starting a game on Steam.
  • Added experimental support for Vive Cosmos controllers

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RuneSR2
Level 15

Note that the devs have pulled the native Oculus driver support from the Steam version:

 

According to the devs: "We decided to remove the Oculus SDK from the SteamVR version, as it was causing problems for some people. I haven't actually checked if there is any performance difference through the SteamVR version. We might check this at a later point. If there is a difference we can start uploading a second version on a beta branch so people can use the Oculus SDK if they want to."

Some are now experiencing a massive performance drop - and it may be about 30%:

 

"Ever since the devs changes things and removed Oculus support from the Steam version of the game, the performance sucks now on Quest 2. Why did you folks do that? The problems people were experiencing was there own fault with the way they launched it through Virtual desktop. This was established and i was totally ignored. My review will go negative because of this move."

 

More info here: https://steamcommunity.com/app/1599560/discussions/0/3186864020206564440/

 

If you buy the game in the Oculus Rift Store, native Oculus drivers are included - but for now beware of buying the Steam version if you plan to use an Oculus hmd. 

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RuneSR2
Level 15

The biggest patch yet has just launched - full finger tracking with the Index and much more 😍

 

 

More info here:

 

https://store.steampowered.com/news/app/1599560?updates=true&emclan=103582791469876306&emgid=3218396...

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