Publisher/developer Other Ocean Interactive Format Rift Release 2016
Other Ocean’s VR debut has already attracted controversy, shifting from Vive to a timed Oculus exclusive without warning and invoking the ire of those who’d preordered it from Steam. Pity, as it’s a fine example of VR’s value as a vehicle for slapstick. You’re not so much the long arm of the law as the disembodied floating hands of it, looking down on the inhabitants of Micro City and delivering swift, powerful justice to ne’er-do-wells. You might, for example, use a magnifying glass to identify a criminal, before swatting them into the distance – well, it’s hard to cuff perps with digits of this size. You can play bad cop, too, picking up citizens and flinging them into the sea, or hurling trucks into a beachside protest gathering. The appeal of interactive physical comedy can wear thin quickly, so giant fingers crossed that it’ll offer some depth.