Gaming goes to another level
Virtual reality arena opens its doors in Brisbane for serious shoot ’em up play time with family or mates
IF FIGHTING hordes of zombies, solving complex puzzles or exploring space stations tickles your fancy, have we got the summer holiday adventure for you.
Virtual reality gaming experience outfit Zero Latency has opened its second Australian gaming arena and this time it has chosen Brisbane.
At $66 for 30 minutes per person, the “epic-scale free-roam multiplayer virtual reality” experience might be a great holiday option for those who like to shoot things with their mates.
The impressive Newstead arena is a hop, skip and jump from the Brisbane CBD.
While parking is limited, there are paid options a short stroll from the venue and there is also a nice little cafe next door and other eateries nearby.
The Zero Latency experience is targeted at people 13 years or older.
There are three gaming options – Zombie Survival (a classic shoot ’em up); Singularity, a space station-based free-roaming experience; and Engineerium – a family friendly puzzle game.
The 400sq m gaming arena is big enough to accommodate 16 players at any time.
The arena floor is marked out in squares while electronics and lights criss-cross the ceiling.
An impressive gaming terminal takes pride of place at the front of the arena where a game master controls the action and ensures everyone plays safe.
Before joining the fun, a super friendly Zero Latency guide walks us through the gaming process.
This includes a quick health and safety briefing with special consideration given to pregnant women.
Because there are no strobe lighting effects, the experience can be enjoyed by people with epilepsy.
The briefing takes about five minutes then we are loaded up with a backpack containing a state-of-the-art Alienware laptop that has enough power under its lid to render a smooth semi-realistic gaming environment.
Weighing about 3kg, the kit contains an Oculus Rift VR headset that is central to the experience and headphones with microphone to communicate with other players.
While the equipment is impressive, it is the games, and the chance to team up with friends, that make the experience worthwhile.
Zombie Survival is a simple horror game.
Our team is trapped in a fort as zombie chaos happens around us.
A rescue team is on its way, but we have to keep the zombie hordes at bay as help arrives.
We use our guns for everything including killing enemies and rebuilding barriers.
I can shoot at fuel and gas cans for deadly explosions. We earn points and the highest scores are awarded for head kills.
In Singularity, the team investigates a military research space station where the only signs of life are automatons.
Players must fight off robots, killer drones and gun turrets as they explore the corridors and lifts.
Match weapon modes – scatter, beam, pulse rifle, or rail gun – with the correct enemy to kill them.
Holding the gun sideways deploys a force shield that protects you from enemy fire.
Engineerium is a “walking adventure and puzzle experience” set in an ancient alien world suspended above an ocean.
Gravity turns the world upside down and inside out as flying whales and parrot fish fly by. Connect platforms before progressing through the puzzle. This game features colourful characters and cheery music. You need to work with your team to win the game.
Zero Latency has opened a new gaming arena in Brisbane.