Over the years the developers at Twisted Pixel have made a healthy smattering of titles that run the gamut from quirky and zany platformers to pulse-pounding thrillers. With such an eclectic catalog it can be hard to even guess at what a new IP from their team might resemble. While I had a few colorful ideas in my head as to what a new VR title from Twisted Pixel might be, there was no way I could’ve seen the Defector coming my way.
Simply put, the Defector is a VR experience that will put players in the role of a secret agent in a series of intense missions. Throughout each mission, there will be several moments where decisions will have to be made that will have an impact on various aspects of gameplay. I got a chance to put on an Oculus Rift and go hands-on with a PC build of the game and hone my observational and combat skills.
The demo began in a bathroom on a private jet, where my spy persona was preparing for the task at hand. Right off the bat, Defector augments players with high-tech gear and
Along with the high-tech gear that players will have at their disposal, would-be spies will have to rely on their wits and physical skills throughout the game. During my mission, I had to use my conversational skills to manipulate my target and convince them I was a buyer interested in procuring their contraband. If I was successful I would get more time alone in the meeting room to explore for clues, items or information. The first time through I was able to use the info I gleaned from the villain’s dossier to pick the right dialog tree to follow and I was able to get 60 seconds alone in the meeting room to search his safe or briefcase and get back to my seat. My second time through though I messed up and only got 30 seconds to look around.
From the initial Dr. No-style conversation things were ready to take a more action-oriented twist. After securing the arms dealer with the help of my partner who had been working undercover I came to a fork in the road where I could either jump out of the plane with them or staying on board to take care of business. I just happened to choose to stay on board, but if I hadn’t I would’ve been treated to a whole different scenario of objectives including having to climb the wing of another plane as I attempted to board it. But my path was still action-packed nonetheless.
After my partner jumped off the plane with the suspect, it was time to shoot my way through everyone I had walked by on my way to the meeting. A well-placed shot from my sidearm into a fire extinguisher sent my first target flying to his doom. After that, it was a frantic shootout between me and the remaining grunts to get from one side of the room to the other without dying. Shooting a gun
It took me one or two tries to get through the room, but once I was on the other side I was met with a rather large hurdle. In order to get through the next door, I’d have to take on a very big tough guy in hand-to-hand combat. Hand-to-hand felt like a VR version of Punch-Out. Players will have to block attacks and throw actual jabs and hooks to take down opponents. There will even be a few moments where players will get to grab their target and throw them into various fixtures around the room before the final knockout.
After my brief tussle, I took the unconscious bruiser’s key card and made my way to the cargo hull. After flipping a few switches in the hull it was time for me to make my final escape which involved hopping behind the wheel of a sports car, driving off the plane through a few leftover goons then leaping out of the car mid-air and somehow miraculously ending up flying right into another plane’s awaiting open door.
My overall impression of the Defector after my hands-on time with the demo was fairly positive. I felt like it took some of the cooler aspects of Rare’s
Defector is set to launch later this year for Oculus Rift but does not have a specific release date just yet.