When it comes to the deadly but graceful art of being a ninja, the choice is fairly limited in virtual reality (VR). There’s Fruit Ninja if you’ve got beef with oranges, apples and melons, or then there’s always Virtual Ninja VR. To be honest, the best ninja experience out there is Sairento VR, but looking to usurp Mixed Realms of its crown is Amber Eye Studio with Shadow Uprising.
Whereas Sairento VR goes for pure, all guns blazing action, Shadow Uprising evokes a more traditional sense of what it’s like to be a ninja, hiding in the shadows, being stealthy, and killing enemies without making a sound.
In the official synopsis the story goes that: “In a far future atomic war almost wiped out humanity. The few remaining survivors took shelter in the sprawling sewer system beneath Tokio under the guidance of an AI that offered nothing short of guaranteed survival. Hundreds of years have now passed, and the benevolent overlord slowly became the oppressor. Now, as a cybernetically enhanced ninja, it’s up to you to overthrow the AI dictator and lead humanity to a new future.”
Designed to utilise the room-scale abilities of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Shadow Uprising will allow players to navigate level however they choose, whizzing through the air on a grappling hook, climbing vertical walls, or sneaking between hiding spots, the choice is up to them.
“Shadow Uprising is the culmination of years of experience in working with many VR studios across the world,” said Tal Ron, Lead Developer at Amber Eye Studio in a statement. “It’s an exhilarating experience that can be tackled in many ways, designed specifically with the ideal of empowering the player; we don’t tell you how to play, we give you the tools to become the ninja you want to be!”
There are nine levels to play through, 30 secrets to find, and eight weapons to choose from (some need to be unlocked) before selecting a level. This means if you’re struggling with a level then you can change your loadout and start again.