Viveport Review: Twisted Arrow
Unleash a barrage of virtual arrows upon zombies, mechs, and monsters!
By Desmond Madison, Greenlit Content
Stay on target and set your sights on Phaser Lock Interactive’s extraordinary first-person arcade action shooter, Twisted Arrow. Armed with your high-tech bow, the Manticore, and an extensive array of powerful arrows, you’ll be thrust into a fast-paced, high-impact tour across a dystopian city occupied by a paramilitary force who’ll stop at nothing to take you down.
From the rooftops to the streets, you’ll traverse the environment as quickly as possible in search of the best strategic spot to take on an enemy army of drones, armored mechs, snipers, foot soldiers, and even biological mutants about to be unleashed in your direction.
There are dozens of “wave shooter” action games to choose from on Vive, but this isn’t really a wave shooter at all. Instead, it’s important to note that the level of freedom you have to progress from point to point really helps Twisted Arrow stand out from the crowd of games that have you standing in one place for long periods of time.
In fact, traversing the city is key to survival, as staying in place for too long will spell your certain doom. What’s nice is that the options to teleport from predetermined locations are plentiful, which helps you avoid getting bogged down by focusing on moving in full locomotion when the focus is really on shooting everything that moves.
Like a lot of bow and arrow heavy shooters in VR, you can rest assured that this one will be giving you quite the workout. The speed at which you’ll be firing arrows and blowing the enemy army to high heaven is a little faster paced than other options in this genre. It also helps that you have multiple trick shot and explosive arrow options at your disposal, so precision aiming isn’t always going to be needed in the heat of battle.
There’s a split shot option on your Manticore that will help home in on multiple enemies in a general direction, as well as and a bomb-tipped arrow that comes in handy when firing at giant robots and flammable barrels to take out waves of enemies all at once. The atmosphere of Twisted Arrow really helps it come to life as something much more like a blockbuster action movie than a lot of other archery focused games on the market.
Fans have watched for years as super heroes like Green Arrow and Hawkeye stood in the shadows of Superman and Iron Man, but Phaser Lock Interactive’s bombastic take on the genre really show off how underappreciated their skills with a bow truly are. There are a lot options to choose from in the bow and arrow genre of arcade action shooters in VR, but there aren’t many that can go toe-to-toe with this intense, fiery, explosion-filled tour of a city on the brink of chaos.
If that sounds up your alley, don’t hesitate to give Twisted Arrow a chance to hit the bullseye!