Tak­ing VR ex­pe­ri­ence to new heights

Manila Times - - Business Times -

Adays back, City of Dreams launched The Garage, a FoodPark- slash- VR- Zone area across DreamPlay. The food op­tions were in­ter­est­ing but the VR Zone was more spot-on. It’s as if City of Dreams cre­ated a play area for big­ger boys

your younger sib­lings are ex­plor­ing DreamPlay, you can now hang­out with your teenage friends over at VR Zone.

There are three VR games avail­able for group play at the VR Zone: Mario Kart Ar­cade GP VR, Hospi­tal Es­cape Ter­ror and Ski Rodeo. Of the three, we en­joyed Mario Kart the most. The rac­ing game lets you choose to be Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach or Yoshi. From the time the race starts, you are trans­ported into Mario uni­verse, and the trick is to hur­dle the en­tire race without slow­ing down or step­ping on the breaks. Try to pass through Th­womps without slow­ing down to win the race.

Be warned though, you could feel a bit light­headed post-race. That’s just real VR for you. It whisks you away into an al­ter­nate uni­verse and it could take time get­ting your­self reac­quainted the mo­ment you zip- lined back to re­al­ity. Devel­oped by BANDAI NAMCO Amuse­ment Inc. un­der li­cense from Nin­tendo, the surely in-de­mand game can be played by up to four per­sons and is open to 13 years old and above.

On the other hand, Hospi­tal Es­cape Ter­ror puts your sur­vival skills to test and risks your scare

strapped to a wheel­chair, try­ing to nav­i­gate a haunted, aban­doned hospi­tal that you need to sur­vive and es­cape in nine min­utes or less. Need­less to say, this is not for the faint of heart.

is Ski Rodeo, where you get to test your bal­anc­ing act while ski­ing on

moun­tain course and

avoid­ing sharp slopes and steep drops. This game be­comes ex­tremely chal­leng­ing be­cause it hap­pens at an ex­treme VR-in­duced speed. Ski Rodeo can be played in pairs and is open to in­di­vid­u­als with a height of 140 cm and above.

Ac­cord­ing to Kevin Ben­ning, chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of City of Dreams, “The Garage is City of Dreams Manila’s lat­est at­trac­tion fea­tur­ing unique en­ter­tain­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in part­ner­ship with BANDAI NAMCO Amuse­ment

cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy, we are hon­ored and de­lighted to part­ner with them, and to­gether blaze a trail in de­liv­er­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ences that go be­yond gam­ing and recre­ation in the Philip­pines.”

Of the VR Zone, Ku­ni­hisa Yag­isita, Bandai Namco’s Gen­eral Man­ager said, “BANDAI NAMCO Amuse­ment is hon­ored to part­ner with lux­ury in­te­grated re­sort City of Dreams Manila and bring to

VR Zone en­ter­tain­ment fa­cil­ity in

out­side of Ja­pan an im­mer­sive, multi-sen­sory (se­ries of games) and fun ac­tiv­i­ties to Filipinos and for­eign guests with our unique VR ac­tiv­i­ties at The Garage.”

If you’re up for it, the VR Zone will be open to the pub­lic start­ing to­day, Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 14 at 5 p. m. Mov­ing for­ward, the area will be have reg­u­lar busi­ness hours daily from 10AM to 2 a.m. no en­trance fee re­quired to the Garage but the VR Zone tick­ets are priced: P1,200 for three ac­tiv­i­ties; P800 for two for Ski Rodeo; P1,600 for four per­sons for Mario Kart or Hospi­tal Es­cape Ter­ror.

(Theau­tho­risaformer­broad­sheet re­porterand­sec­tioned­i­tor­foran en­ter­tain­ment­magazinebe­fore crossin­gover­to­cor­po­rate­and mar­ket­ingPR.)

KAYE VILLAGOMEZ

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