Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series - Episode 1 Review
Released May. 9th, 2019
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After so many hours of Beat Saber, I have to say it felt damn good to have some officially licensed sound effects as I swung my honest-to-goodness lightsaber around in Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series - Episode 1 (of three). This 45-minute Star Wars game (which is exclusive to the Oculus Quest at launch) is fairly simple mechanically and the story hasn’t yet gone anywhere all that interesting, but it delivers on what’s promised: to put you into the Star Wars universe.

The story has Vader scooping up your generic smuggler stand-in character and sassy droid sidekick (voiced by Maya Rudolph) as part of a quest he began in Episode III: Revenge of the Sith; he needs someone of your Force-sensitive bloodline (“Surprise!” said no one) to seek out a cliche magical artifact from Mustafar’s distant past. I wouldn’t call it especially interesting thus far, since the stylized cinematic that tells the mystical tale of the artifact’s origin and your family ties to it feels like it could’ve come from any fantasy tale with no Star Wars association, but it takes us where we need to go.

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