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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sprint Vector is a downloadable, fast-paced first-person virtual reality (VR) game about a fictional game show in the future. Players must race, jump, climb, drift, and fly at high speeds to win these rounds against the computer or up to eight online players. Gamers will need to move their arms and head in real life, too. There's some mild fantasy violence, such as blasting a fireball out of your suit or someone taking a spill, but it's not bloody, gory, realistic, or excessive. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content. Parents should be aware, too, that virtual reality equipment makers don't recommend VR experiences for kids under 12 due to the potential impact the technology may have on younger players' physiological development.
What's it about?
SPRINT VECTOR welcomes you to "Sprint Vector Championship Intergalactica," a futuristic game show, starring you, that fuses the physical thrill of extreme sports with neon-colored courses, obstacles, and competitors. This is a fast-paced racing and platforming game that has you run, jump, climb, drift, dodge, and fly at extreme speeds -- with up to eight players. It's available for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR, and requires motion controllers -- you'll need your body to play this game, such as swinging your arms to gain speed and momentum, holding your arms outstretched in front of you, or aiming to use a nitro speed boost, or a weapon such as a mine drop, to thwart competitors. At the start of the game, you'll be introduced to Mr. Entertainment, the personality-filled robotic host of these games, who teaches you the mechanics of controlling your character on a practice course. Later on, you can also sharpen your skills in an open lobby of sorts, between games or if you're waiting for more opponents. While there are a few different modes to choose from, your goal in these intense head-to-head matches is to make it to the finish line before anyone else. Scale towering pyramids, leap across giant chasms, or plunge into alien ruins -- all while watching out for your fellow sprinters.
Is it any good?
If you own a VR headset and are a fan of speed and racing, this futuristic game show is a blast. While the controls take some getting used to and might make players feel a little nauseated, Sprint Vector is well worth the $30 price. In terms of content, there are a dozen race tracks to tackle, each one full of obstacles, shortcuts, weapons, and power-ups. Just like other arcade racers like the Mario Kart games, you'll do what it takes to win the race, so you'll need to use the nitro boosts and power-ups on the track as necessary (but try not to look behind you to see if you did any damage, as you may lose your footing!). On top of that, there are nine challenge courses that put your sprinting prowess to the test. You simulate running by moving your arms quickly beside you to gain speed and take on the specific challenges across these courses. It's truly a blast to fly, aim, and shoot with your glove, climb walls, and dodge obstacles -- all at the same time. It's crazy fun, and your arms may get tired after a while.
Multiplayer is fun and frenetic, with only the odd noticeable slowdown when there was a lot of action on the screen at the same time. This mode's biggest issue is that there aren't many gamers playing it close to its launch, so full multiplayer matches aren't easy to get into. The graphics are fun, including the colorful environments, special effects, and look of each of the eight different contestants you can assume the role of (each with multiple skins to choose from), plus the upbeat and catchy soundtrack is also worth noting. Sprint Vector is a refreshingly fun and super fast-paced VR game you should try out if you own a PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, or Oculus Rift. It's not an easy game to master, but you'll impress yourself with how good you'll get if you stick with it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about screen time. Since Sprint Vector is in virtual reality, does it make it even more immersive to the player? Will kids get addicted to being in a virtual world? Will they take the recommended breaks players are supposed to take?
Talk about competition. Can virtual sports provide the same kinds of thrills and excitement as real sports?
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