Experience the Zombie Apocalypse right in the middle of the Arizona Desert in the Southwestern part of the USA.
Embark on a perilous journey of hot Sun, humid weather, rocks, mountains, abandoned roads, towns, caverns, caves and a whole lot of screaming, growling stiffs eager to eat your brains out.
Fight your way through area after area as you fend of the stiffs and try to find anyone else who has survived the holocaust.
Way back a few years ago, when VR started getting popular, one of the games that heavily introduced the potential of the medium was Arizona Sunshine. The game which was basically a Zombie shooter in VR gave the player a pretty awesome and thrilling experience since one realistically found oneself in the middle of an Arizona desert in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. As to which desert, it wasn't really specified (the Great Basin, Chihuahuan, Sonoran or the Mojave, take your pick) as the game only mentions somewhere in the American Southwest. The environment though was well done and despite some limitations in graphic acuity and quality, it was still very good.
The game starts you in a base or cavern with the objective of finding anyone who was still left alive and has luckily not yet been turned into a Stiff or Fred. Sadly, your pet has turned into one and at the very start has to be dealt with. You will need to look around your camp to find your gear that is your belt, ammo and sidearm. Just as it was back then as is now, the game does not provide you with melee weapons so you will need guns and explosives if you intend to make it through the game.
Once you are properly armed, you have to head out into the open desert. The area may be rural but nevertheless loaded with structures like buildings, roads, mines and signs of modern day civilization like vehicles and everyday objects scattered around the various levels/maps of the game. Arizona Sunshine is a first person shooter where you can see your hands holding the things that you grab and the weapons that you wield. One can move around ones actual game space but teleporting is a better option since it has a further practical movement reach in the game.
Items that one can use are a lot although it seems that one can only inventory what can fit into the gear belt which is usually guns and ammo and a few other specific things. You can grab/pick up objects with your controllers (in-game hands), open doors, push objects, use switches and well, you'll just have to find out what can and can't be done. The game environment varies from light to dark and in places like caves, mines and caverns, it can really get the darkest dark. Anyway, one has the option of using a flashlight or a glow stick to at least shed some light on your immediate surroundings.
Game play is fast and furious as the Freds will give you no quarter. Make a loud enough noise and they'll come running to Papa hungry for a tasty meal of living grey matter. In combat, it is always a rule of thumb to conserve your ammo as much as you can because it will drain fast and easily as the Freds start to overwhelm you. Some would trudge, some would jump, some would crawl and the real bummers would be running headlong at you. Take them down by blowing their skulls but some of them will require more than one shot to go down. When you find that you can't move, you'll have to clear your path as a stiff would definitely be blocking your way.
The sun, the colors, the gore, the darkness and those hair raising growling sounds all lend to the grotesque atmosphere of what a zombie apocalypse really is. The game though one of the pioneering games of current day high-end VR had some blaring bugs upon release and still do have it now. Compatibility with newer VR headsets is not that 100% as players playing the game using the Valve Index and other newer headsets find some difficulty with the game mechanics as compared to way back then when the game was played on older VR systems like the Vive and Rift. One is the use of the newer hand controllers with the game which is a little difficult and needs getting used to. The light sourcing in the dark hasn't been fixed as well as you will need to shine the flashlight just to have a good enough view to see the things you need to see. Glow sticks don't do much there.
Despite all it's short comings, Arizona Sunshine is still an awesome blast to play. Aside from the basic game, you can get a couple of additional DLC's that will give you new areas to explore. The game though is best played in Solo mode if you are after the story line. Game play wise, having a buddy around to watch your six or two more guys to help you and your buddy out would no doubt make things a lot more easier to complete the game. Aside from Solo and Co-op multi-player, the game has a horde mode where the survival of the luckiest in Zombie Land will determine the ‘will I go or will I stay’ (complete with headbang to the tune).
If you love playing FPS in VR, aren't the dizzy type and can handle your headset for some time without the world turning round in your head, Arizona Sunshine is the game for you. In fact, it's a lot more stable than other VR games which can only be played for shorter periods of time. Whether playing it with newer HMD's and a few limitations or playing it at a lower resolution with the older HMD's, Arizona Sunshine is still one of the best nerve wracking thriller games in VR.