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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode III is the third and final chapter of the episodic Star Wars sci-fi adventure available for download on Oculus Quest and Oculus Rift VR systems. The story picks up immediately after the previous game, after Darth Vader has turned on you and left you for dead. This chapter features more violence in larger scale than the previous episodes, with players attacking creatures, robots, Stormtroopers, and more with combinations of the Force, lightsabers, blasters, and even thermal detonators. While there's plenty of violence, it's never anything graphic or extreme. Parents should also be aware that, as a virtual reality game, younger kids may have some issues using the VR hardware. Also, this is the conclusion of the story and assumes players have already purchased and played through the previous two games in the series.
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What's it about?
The original episodic adventure reaches its epic conclusion in VADER IMMORTAL: A STAR WARS VR SERIES – EPISODE III. After using you and your connection to the Force to unlock the powerful secrets of the ruins below Mustafar, Darth Vader has tossed you aside and left you for dead deep within the volcanic planet. But this isn't the end of your story, as the Force has other plans. You'll need to accept your destiny and reclaim your legacy as you lead an army of ancient guardians to rise up against the Empire. You'll also use your newfound Force abilities and your skills with a lightsaber to make your way through platoons of Stormtroopers, TIE Fighters, AT-STs, and more, before facing off with the Dark Lord of the Sith himself one on one with the fate of the galaxy at stake.
Is it any good?
As Darth Vader himself once said, "The circle is now complete." With the release of Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series – Episode III comes the epic finale to the original virtual reality adventure, and the payoff is absolutely worth the wait. This is the biggest and most action-packed entry in the series, thanks in part to the assumption that players have already gotten familiar with the ways of the Force in the previous two games. Episode III hits the ground running and never looks back. Even more impressive is the fact that in spite of all the constant action, the game's story never gets lost or forgotten. In fact, some key emotional scenes even paint the Dark Lord in a surprisingly sympathetic light. At least, right up until you're squaring off with him, lightsaber to lightsaber. Then all bets are off.
Each episode of Vader Immortal has incrementally added layers to your combat skills. The first episode covered basic saber combat, while the second introduced Force powers into the mix. This time around, the game rounds out the toybox with blasters and thermal detonators. It's hard not to feel like a true Jedi warrior after deflecting some laser blasts back at a wave of Stormtroopers, using the Force to snatch away one of their pistols, then blasting them with their own weapons before tossing an explosive their way. You almost feel like you could take on the whole Empire by yourself, which thankfully for story purposes, you don't have to. Like previous episodes, the game is a bit on the short side, though the Lightsaber Dojo will still keep you coming back for more. Plus, that long teased and highly anticipated final confrontation with Darth Vader doesn't disappoint.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about virtual reality and entertainment. What are some of the advantages that VR technology has in entertainment? How big of an impact does it have t be a part of the events unfolding around you?
How does a franchise like Star Wars and its fans benefit from "expanded universe" spinoffs, such as games, comics, and television shows? Do you prefer original stories, or adaptations of existing material?
- Platforms: Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift
- Price: $9.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: ILMxLAB
- Release date: November 21, 2019
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Robots, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: T for Blood, Violence
- Last updated: November 25, 2019
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