A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Sportsmanship and teamwork are important elements of the game. Players will need to work together and communicate to score goals.
Positive Role Models
Players don't interact with any non-player characters outside of the occasional computer controlled bot. Any real interactions take place between live players, which can result in a range of experiences.
Players are represented by robotic mechs as opposed to people. But players do have some customization options available to personalize their mechs.
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Ease of Play
Though the main controls are easy to pick up and play, there are a lot of nuances to learn. It can be difficult to gauge distances, which can make steering rocket punches or activating certain special abilities difficult. Movement can also get chaotic during matches.
Violence & Scariness
The game adds extra meaning to a "full contact sport," with rocket powered punches, explosions, and more. That said, teams are made up of robotic mechs instead of humans, so there's no blood or gore, and characters knocked out simply respawn after a few seconds.
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While there's no profanity baked into the game, its online nature and built-in voice chat could still expose players to offensive language from others.
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Products & Purchases
The game follows the free-to-play model, offering some cosmetic options and a Season Pass as separate purchases via the in-game store.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ultimechs is a free-to-play, virtual reality, sci-fi themed sports game, available on the Meta Quest, HTC Vive, and Valve Index virtual reality platforms. Players pilot robotic mechs on a futuristic field, wielding rocket powered fists to knock an oversized ball through the opposing team's goal. Online play include full voice support, which, while helping with communication in matches, could also expose younger players to offensive language from other players. There's a combative element to matches, with players able to directly and indirectly attack opposing mechs, but there's no blood or gore and defeated players simply respawn on the field after a few seconds. Finally, players should be aware that, using the free-to-play model, players can earn new items through gameplay or by paying money via the in-game shop.
Is It Any Good?
What would you get if you took Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, set it up on a foosball table, and then toss in just a smattering of Rocket League style for good measure? Whatever it is, it's likely close to what you'll experience in the VR world of Ultimechs. It's virtually impossible to play Ultimechs and not immediately get Rocket League vibes from the game. In both, players maneuver around an open soccer-like field in a frantic attempt to knock an oversized ball through giant goals. Both are also easy to pick up and play, but manage to still rely on skill, physics, and more than a little luck to score. But there are a number of differences that keep this Ultimechs from simply being a VR version of Rocket League.
The most obvious difference is that, instead of driving remote controlled cars, players control large robots armed with guided rocket powered fists that they use to punch the ball (or each other). Each of the three available mechs also comes with a unique special ability, ranging from a lightning fast precision punch to a defensive barrier to an area of effect explosive. Movement is much different too. Instead of freely running around the field, players instead teleport between pre-positioned pads scattered around the field not occupied by another mech. It's a little jarring at first, but also par for the course with movement in most first-person VR games. Plus, it adds a surprising layer of strategy to matches. Ultimately, Ultimechs brings futuristic team sports fun to VR with a unique, but familiar, rocket powered punch.
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