A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is a frantic, fun, and very tongue-in-cheek shooter with no real positive or negative messages. You're just in it to "recall" faulty equipment, which means blasting rogue robots into scrap, with more points dished out for doing so in skillful or outrageous ways.
Positive Role Models
The game's story and style doesn't lend itself to much in the way of character development. Your character is basically a hired gun with an endless supply of ammo, while the robots don't tend to stay in one piece long enough for any backstory.
Ease of Play
While the action is intense, the game is pretty simple to play. All players really need to do is grab a gun and shoot. When you run out of ammo, just toss the gun away and grab another from your belt or back. Some moves, like catching enemy bullets, are more challenging, but can be pulled off with timing and practice.
Violence & Scariness
The game is non-stop action, complete with plenty of mechanical destruction. Aside from shooting robots, players can get close and literally tear an enemy robot apart limb by limb. Defeated robots explode into scrap metal and disappear. While taking damage, the edges of the screen turn red with apparent blood smears from your character.
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Products & Purchases
The game features cross-buy support, meaning that players who buy the game on the Oculus Rift or Oculus Quest won't need to buy the game again for the other system.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Robo Recall is a downloadable sci-fi first-person shooter available for the Oculus Rift and Oculus Quest virtual reality hardware. Players take on the role of a corporate agent sent out to destroy swarms of defective robots running rampant through the city. The game focuses on tongue-in-cheek humor, never taking itself too seriously while the bullets are flying. There's a lot of destruction, with robots getting blown up and ripped apart into scrap. The edges of the screen occasionally show red "blood" to represent damage to the player. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.
Is It Any Good?
If there's one thing we've learned from science fiction movies, it's that when robots rebel against their creators, it's never good for humanity, but in this game, it can still be a heck of a lot of fun. Robo Recall is a bright and colorful world with a surprising amount of detail. When you step up close and grab hold of one of your robotic foes, you almost want to stop and admire the workmanship. At least until you remember that it's trying to kill you and you rip it apart and knock its head off with its own leg. That's the sort of goofy humor that permeates the game from start to finish. Even though the robots are programmed to kill you, that doesn't stop them from firing off a quick one-liner before they're dismantled. It's the tongue-in-cheek humor and personality, along with its fast-paced gameplay, that keeps it from feeling boring or repetitious.
Robo Recall is probably best described as a wildly chaotic sci-fi shooting gallery like you've never seen before. After all, when's the last time you shot a pistol until it was empty, then threw the empty gun in a bad guy's face? Of course, you never really run out of bullets in the game, as a fresh set of guns is always holstered at your sides and ready to grab without the delay of reloading. It's little things like this that keep the flow of the action going at a constant pace. It's also fun to try and come up with ways to chain moves together for big combos, or to pull of seemingly impossible tricks like snatching enemy bullets out of the air and hurling them back at the attacker. The only awkward bits are the navigations, which is handled by pointing and teleporting to new locations. After a while though, even that becomes second nature, allowing you to hop quickly from ground level to rooftops and back to best fend off the frenzied robot swarms. Sure, you'd never actually able to pull off most of the things you do in Robo Recall, but the fact that you can just somehow feels right here. It's a crazy sort of comic book-like world, and, thanks to VR, you get to live in it.
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