VR Game New Retro Arcade: Neon Review

New Retro Arcade Neon VR Game

The VR Game New Retro Arcade: Neon is all about the retro games from the 80’s and early 90’s. With the forgotten games from the early childhood, gamers can now enjoy playing the famous all time games like the street fighter 2 and many more with friends in a classic retro look with truly authentic surrounding in both New Retro Arcade: Neon VR and New Retro Arcade: Neon Non-VR both. Neon provides for a virtual zone hang out with friends to enjoy a trip down memory lane with the cherished moments of gaming history. You can read the VR Game New Retro Arcade: Neon Review where we have discussed different aspects of the game.

VR Experience

Some time ago, gamers went to mysterious spots known as arcades where the sweet clicking sound of coins would be heard. There they were allowed to have a fun time together in faintly lit rooms and feed coins to arcade gaming machines.

Shockingly, something transpired against the arcade and slaughter them off in the ’90s. The softness of couches while resting and laying back at home and the rise of the consoles and PCs resulted in gamers not to spend valuable money on coins at the arcade.

New Retro Arcade Neon VR
source: steam.com

Rather they could have easily played these same titles at home through an emulator. Now once again! Digital Cybercherries, with their New Retro Arcade: Neon title, provides a chance to gamers to enjoy arcade games in a classic retro arcade place in VR with support to Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets.

Additionally, those gamers who don’t have any VR headset can also have the ultimate experience of Neon through motion controller.

Environment

When players put on their VR headset, everything about New Retro Arcade: Neon appears to be completely great. The minute you touch base in the arcade you hear music playing in the background, see brilliant neon lights and numerous arcade machines to be played with.

New Retro Arcade Neon VR Game Environment
source: steam.com

The back-end of the arcade reveals some different types of excitement as well, like a two lane bowling alley, whack a mole game, punching bag and many more. A glimpse on the side and center tables reveals beer bottles, soda cans and cigarette packets scattered throughout and some interesting stains on the floor.

But in spite of all that the arcade is totally empty which makes it looks like parting after closing hours alone. The game also have a multiplayer mode which infuses some life to the arcade, yet with its own limitations.

Movement

Teleportation is the standard way to move around while using Vive version and it provides for an easy way to move around from point A to point B. However, the same is not the case in the Oculus Rift version, which offers just gamepad and console/mouse controls which is a drawback for Oculus Rift. While playing on the Rift, players have the option to either utilize the mouse or the Xbox controller.

Arcade

While roaming around the arcade there are many rooms down the lobby. Passing through the principle arcade lies a smaller than usual theater where players can play videos in a VHS (through YouTube video URL or recorded on PC). Moving forward, there lies the last zone: a VIP room.  There’s not much VIP about the spot, but rather it offers more treats like the two dart sheets, an air hockey table, and retro console connected to a CRT TV.

New Retro Arcade Neon VR Game
source: steam.com

Neon might not feel like the biggest arcade. However, despite everything there’s a ton to investigate and play around with.

Short-comings

One of the biggest issues was the non-working of those arcade machines. Most of arcade machines display an “insert ROM message” when a coin is inserted. Therefore, players have to install their own ROMs and emulators in the system which provides nuisance to casual gamers who just like to ‘plug-in and play’. Another drawback is that ROMs are not shareable between friends in multiplayer game mode.

System requirements

To run VR game New Retro Arcade: Neon at-minimum, a windows based PC is required with Intel’s i5-4590 CPU, 8 gigs of RAM and a Nvidia GTX 970 and with 5GB of free storage. While to have the ultimate experience a Nvidia GTX 980 coupled with 16GB of ram and Intel’s i7-4770 is recommended.

Pros

  • Complete support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift
  • Motion controller support
  • Well-developed environment providing a retro look
  • Multiplayer supported for up to 6 players
  • Interaction with the environment with customizable arcade games

Cons

  • Nuisance to get ROM and install emulators
  • The arcade is empty apart from you
  • ROMs can’t be shared with friends in multiplayer mode

Verdict

Although with some short-comings, the charm of looking at a cool computerized arcade is massively enticing, particularly inside virtual reality. VR game New Retro Arcade: Neon is available on the steam for only $24.95 and one can also get the official soundtrack for only $9.99 separately.

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