Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Intense, gory VR shooter lets you splatter alien bug hordes.

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Positive Messages

This is an online action game with a focus on cooperative and competitive play, but the resolution of conflicts is handled with the barrel of a firearm.

Positive Role Models & Representations

You assume the role of robotic bounty hunters looking to destroy menacing aliens and earn a quick buck at the same time. You don't play as one main protagonist, and while there are campaign missions, much of the focus is around online co-op and PVP (player versus player) action instead of character development.

Ease of Play

Easy to pick up, simple to learn. Players can use Oculus Touch controllers or a mouse and keyboard for the Windows version. Both work well, though there were a couple of technical glitches to contend with.


Violence is constant in the game. You can shoot and kill alien creatures as well as other human players. Alien blood and gore is shown as you blast the monsters that constantly come at you in waves with your arsenal of weapons.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gunheart is a downloadable action shooter with role-playing game (RPG) elements for the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Players join with friends or other players online to become customizable robotic bounty hunters looking to make money by killing alien creatures. Players will use high-tech firearms and explosives against aliens and human opponents (in their robotic forms) in almost constant battles, and blood is frequently shown (even if the blood is alien in nature). Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.

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What's it about?

GUNHEART is a virtual reality (VR) action shooter where you and a team of players assume the role of robotic bounty hunters looking to kill some nasty insect-like aliens for cold, hard cash. The money that you earn with each kill can then be used to buy all kinds of upgrades. Before each mission against these creatures, you'll hit the Bent Horizon club, a Star Wars cantina-like space bar. Here, you can take on missions by yourself to sharpen your skills in either Campaign or Challenge modes, and earn some coin to beef up your abilities. You can also hop into an online arena and meet up with other players for co-op or PVP (player vs. player) competitive matches across huge battlegrounds on Planet Fortune (free-for-all or team-based options). Both PC and VR gamers can play together, with drop-in and drop-out support, and local mode, if you prefer.

Is it any good?

Despite some technical issues and relatively few mission types, this shooter is really, really fun -- especially if you play in virtual reality. What's more, Gunheart lets players easily switch between standing or seated options, motion tweaks, and other choices to make actions like strafing, jumping, and teleporting a fluid experience. Action game fans will enjoy the combat against a nonstop onslaught of nasty enemy creatures -- most of which have wings to fly, which adds aerial hazards to track during matches. Players will also find enjoyment in buying gun (and rig) mods, seeing how these boosts all play out during heated skirmishes. Much of the enjoyment with the game and your equipment is through trial and error: It's gratifying when you've toyed with perks and mods to inflict even more damage, especially when playing with friends together in co-op mode.

Also enjoyable is the game's Horde mode, where you're tasked with taking down 15 increasingly difficult waves of enemies across three open battlefields. Just as you can tweak your firepower, enemies also get new modifiers to make them even tougher. Seasoned players may also test their skill at Lone Wolf mode, if they like deathmatch-style experiences. Fusing VR and PC play, Gunheart is a ton of fun. Its biggest problem now is the fact that it has a lot of technical issues, like random bugs and glitches that pop up during play. It also has very long load times that feel out of place compared to the fast-paced play. But if you can tolerate lots of patches to the game in an attempt to fix these issues, you may find yourself loving Gunheart's intense combat, huge levels, and wide selection of weapons and upgrades.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Gunheart affected by the virtual reality of the game? Do the headsets make the violence seem more realistic? Would it be intensified if you were attacking people instead of aliens?

  • Do you have more fun playing by yourself or with others? What's the appeal to playing alone or multiplayer?

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