Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series - Episode I
By David Chapman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Immersive untold chapter in epic Star Wars lore.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The story explores more of the lore behind the planet Mustafar, as well as giving some extra insight to Darth Vader's character. Fate has seemingly chosen you to fulfill some greater purpose, but you're driven more by a need to survive as opposed to a sense of duty.
Positive Role Models
You're the hero of the story, without a doubt, but you're also a smuggler. While there are references to your mysterious bloodline, most of the story involves simply trying to escape Mustafar and Darth Vader's ultimate plans for you. Z0-E3 is a fun and loyal companion during your adventure, but she's also more concerned with her own (and your) welfare.
Ease of Play
The story is laid out in a linear fashion, nudging players through the plot. The controls feel natural and are impressive in their responsiveness. You're a part of the world and can interact with much of the environment in fully immersive ways.
Violence & Scariness
Some scenes, as well as certain action sequences, feature the typical violence found in a Star Wars movie or game. This includes using a lightsaber to reflect blaster fire back at attacking Stormtroopers or to fend off droid enemies. There's never any blood or gore shown onscreen, though.
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Products & Purchases
The game is a canon story set within the Star Wars universe, which also has countless films, games, books, toys, and other spin-offs and collectibles. The game is also the first in a three-part series, meaning that players will need to purchase the remaining two parts upon their release in order to get the complete story.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode I is the first entry in a downloadable three-part episodic adventure set within the Star Wars universe and available exclusively on the Oculus Quest virtual reality system. Players enter the fully immersive story, interacting with objects and characters in a first-person perspective while advancing the plot. There are a few scenes of violence, including players getting shot at by Stormtroopers and reflecting the blaster fire back at them. There are also action sequences with players entering lightsaber combat with different drones and droids. Parents should also be aware that, as an episodic game, players will need to buy the additional chapters as released in order to experience the complete story.
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What’s It About?
VADER IMMORTAL: A STAR WARS VR SERIES is a three-part immersive virtual reality experience that put you in the middle of an untold chapter of the Star Wars saga. Set between the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, players take on the role of a smuggler who's just run afoul of the Empire. You and your sidekick, Z0-E3, are taken prisoner on the lava planet Mustafar, the fortress home of none other than the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. What begins as an attempt to simply escape the clutches of the Empire quickly turns into a tale of destiny, and an unlikely alliance that could alter the fate of the entire universe.
Is It Any Good?
A long time ago in a theatre far, far away, the Star Wars saga began, giving birth to a sci-fi odyssey of truly epic proportions. Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series takes this legacy and brings it into to a new generation of gamers and movie fans. The film series has spanned generations and created a modern pantheon of almost mythological icons, with none quite as imposing (and tragic) as the Sith Lord, Darth Vader. But Vader Immortal feels like less of a game and more like you're an actual living, breathing part of the Star Wars universe. There's so much attention to detail and so much to interact with that easy to lose yourself in the experience. Like at one point early on in the game, while exploring the ship, you come across a podracer helmet lying around and can choose to motion towards your head to actually put it on. It's the little details like this that will leave fans in awe.
Vader Immortal is just about everything that virtual reality is supposed to be. Every motion, every interaction, feels fluid and natural. And there's a sense of scale that constantly takes your breath away. It's one thing to see Vader's dark visage on the movie screen, but it's something altogether more imposing when the you're face-to-face with the Dark Lord as he towers over you. And, of course, there are the lightsabers. While the iconic weapon comes into play just a couple of times in the story, the game includes a
"Lightsaber Dojo," where players can put their Jedi (or Sith) skills to the test in a 360-degree area where they can rack up a high score battling against various droids, earning unique unlockable rewards in the process. The Dojo is a fun, arcade-style game that's a great reason to keep coming back while waiting for the next two chapters of the story to drop. If you've ever watched a Star Wars movie and dreamed of using the Force, then Vader Immortal is the closest you can get to living in that galaxy far, far away.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about modern mythology. How does the mythology of modern stories like Star Wars compare to classic mythological tales? What are some of the lessons that can be learned from Star Wars?
Do games, books, and shows presented in chapters make for a better overall story? Is it preferred instead to have a complete story in one package, or to follow the developments of the story over time?
- Platform: Oculus Quest
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online?: Available online
- Publisher: ILMxLAB
- Release date: May 21, 2019
- Genre: Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, Violence
- Last updated: May 28, 2019
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