Enter a wonderful Cyber City with lots of great views and cute people to interact with.
Experience social gaming in a fun and friendly VR realistic environment.
Gasp at the wonder of experiencing the city from above as you walk a dangerous path on a zigzagging plank.
The popularity of Virtual Reality as a social medium has started it's growth and the potential is tremendous. This however will be realized to it's full extent as time goes by and VR headsets become more accessible to the general populace. One of the foremost applications towards this direction is the social gaming platform. This VR worlds provide a means for users to get in touch with others, play games together and socialize in an alternate world as realistically as possible which a computer monitor or flat screen can never deliver.
The Galaxity VR gaming platform was recently released on Steam a month earlier from this review. The environment is awesome and the platform works for both high-end and mobile HMDs. As the platform is still very much in it's beta stage, there are currently few users connecting to it, but in time, as word gets out, it would no doubt start to attract the attention it deserves.
Galaxity can be described as a cute cyber city. An outdoor alternate reality of cuteness and fun. Starting from the platforms lobby or portal of entry, you will have the option to choose and customize your avatar. You can choose options from the control icons floating around the place. You can walk or teleport the usual way by aiming your laser guided pointer hand controller and choose your options as well. When you are ready to enter the City of Galaxity, that's where the blue portal at the corner comes in.
The city is a wonder to behold but most of the time empty for now. There are buildings, streets, parks, trees, bodies of water and a lot of awesome places. When there are users, they appear cute and funny as the avatars have a Chibi-Roblox physical characteristic to them. Galaxity however is a multi-player social platform and being alone by oneself in a big city no matter how gorgeous is definitely no joy.
Once you get yourself and some people with you, that's when the city's potential opens up. You can start playing the games. If you look at it, the platform looks a lot like a big outdoor RecRoom with a bunch of games like Baseball, Soccer, Gun Land, Sword Duel and you can even walk on a plank high above the city, marvel at it's wonder and fall down with a plunk. There is also a theater stadium where one can choose and show YouTube videos for everyone to watch. Likewise, you can do YouTube streaming from the platform as well.
To start a game, you will have to create your own game room by selecting it from a floating pop-up menu. Once you're in there, your friends and companions can join. Game play is simple and can be handled by your controllers though it may get some getting used to. An example would be Soccer where you simply have to run over the ball to get it into the court. The fun part is you can talk (with your own voice) with the others while playing the game which gives you a feeling of really being there with them. This is where the social potential comes in as you can simply group together in the city, stand around, chat, share stories, experiences, make friends just like what people do in a party.
As of now, the best experience one can find in the city would be on top of it. The platform can make you a little dizzy if you're not used to movement in VR but for those who have already gotten used to CyberSpace, a view of the city with the really tall buildings and the parks and streets below while standing on a plank is a sight to behold. Multi-player wise it's a lot of fun as you balance yourself on the zigzag planks and see how the others fall and experience it yourself. Also, you'll be able to see your hands and your tummy when you look down.
Galaxity is free to play on Steam but you do earn Galaxy coins whenever you achieve something in the platform like winning a match. You can use these coins to get optional items and features for your avatar. Right now, it's still too early to tell how the platform will monetize itself if ever it does so but for now, delivering a very good if not the best VR social gaming experience looks to be the developers priority.