Bonelab Quest 2 review – a sandbox waiting for the right games

Bonillapthe latest title from veteran VR developer Stress Level Zero, brings the essence of Bonworks To Quest 2 for the first time, but then it doesn’t do much to improve the foundational gameplay. But this time, a full-featured mod system could save the day.

Bonillap details:

Available at: Quest 2 & Oculus computerAnd the steam
Release date: September 8, 2022
price: $30
Developer: Zero stress level
reviewed in: Quest 2

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Bonillap The gameplay is functionally the same as its predecessor, with highly physics-based gameplay that can be both magical and disturbing. However, this time around, the game more clearly communicates its intentions in the sandbox and offers official support for the mod in the hope that its community will bring fun.

unlike Bonworks-which had players play through the nine hours of the campaign before giving them access to sandbox—Bonillap Players walk through each of its non-campaign mini modes which includes things like time trials with both combat and parkour, a full sandbox for spawning enemies and items, and some experimental mini-games like physics bowling. It’s a good idea because it shows players everything the game has to offer in advance.

Bonillap It really doesn’t hold your hand, which some may appreciate and others may not. Once you get to the “The Lab” part of the game with different mini modes, you’ll need to explore and take care of your surroundings to learn how to actually unlock the campaign mode.

After you’ve tried each mode (and figured out a little mystery) you’ll unlock access to the 5-6 hour campaign mode which I found quite boring and which repeated almost all the same bugs as Bonworks. Instead of paraphrasing, let’s take a quick look at the criticisms:

  • Thin novel (even more than Bonworks) through a few audio recordings and text records
  • Nice enemies and lack of variety
  • Boring weapons with little strategic differentiation
  • Poor puzzle and encounter design (and lack of persuasive interaction)
  • Climbing is usually a frustrating nightmare (but the game loves to make you do it)
  • General scrap with clipboard system and interaction capabilities

The really new and interesting thing Bonillap do more Bonworks It is the addition of a fast-switching avatar system.

Switching between avatars gives you unique physical advantages and disadvantages, such as being fast and weak, strong and slow, or tall and thin. You can switch between avatars on the go with the Pull Rope system where you reach for your arm and drag a small ball longer and longer to move between and select avatars with one quick movement.

I find this interface in particular to be very clever – it’s fast, fun, and easy to implement. The only adjustment I will make is to turn up the pitch on each sound effect to associate a specific pitch with the choice of a specific avatar. I would like to see Bonillap Push into this kind of new interaction design that directly interacts with the gameplay.

And while it’s also a very clever idea to allow players to move between avatars with different abilities purposefully, I didn’t find the game really plays like that as a primary mechanic in its level design. In most cases, the avatar you have to use for a particular task is pretty straightforward and there isn’t much room for creativity – whether it’s facing a specific enemy or a puzzle. It’s also a shame because you can easily build a whole game around this avatar swap idea.

So… I didn’t like the campaign part of the game. But what about its protection modes?

Unfortunately, they fall prey to the same issues as the campaign. The main problem is that this sandbox is missing out on really fun games.

Yes, you can spawn any of the enemies you encountered in the campaign… but fighting them isn’t very fun. And sure, you can produce any weapon … but again it works so similarly that it is not exciting to have an arsenal at your fingertips.

Looking back Mine Bonworks reconsideringI find that Bonillap The basic gameplay can unfortunately be summed up in exactly the same way:

Boneworks unfortunately does not exceed the sum of its parts; It fails to find any compelling interaction between puzzles and combat, and misses the opportunity to build a set of core concepts that leads to a climax in mechanics, gameplay, and story. Instead, it feels like fragmented gameplay scenarios strung together on top of a new technology foundation with a sprinkle of narrative.

However, there is a large group ofbut” over here. Unlike its predecessor, Bonillap He has official support for modification on the first day. The studio promises that players will be able to import avatars, items, vehicles and even entire levels. This means that there is Ability For the game community, create new game content – to bring new games into the sandbox.

This is what will be made or broken Bonillap at the long term. The developers described their intention to offer the game as the basis for a virtual reality experience. If I realize that, Bonillap One day it could be a much different experience than it is today.

Despite the various criticisms mentioned above, I will say that I am impressed with how it is done Bonillap Looks and performs in Quest 2. It’s not the best game on a headset, but it’s the basic look and feel Bonworks Translated almost perfectly to the headset, including some great visual effects. Performance is unfortunately not perfect on a headset, with some post-scenes slowing down the game here and there. I certainly didn’t feel the obstacles were enough to really affect my gameplay, though the occasional mishaps were a nuisance.

Oh, and the soundtrack is again jam-packed.

immersion

one thing Bonillap Surely the right thing to do is to create a constantly interactive world. Aside from walls, ceilings, and floors, pretty much anything that exists in the game world is physics driven and can be interacted with.

This means that you can do intuitive things like push open doors with the barrel of your gun, press buttons with your virtual elbow, or throw enemies over a railing to their impending doom. You can hit the enemy with a door to damage them, grab the casing of a bullet ejected from the air, or use a shovel to collect and move objects.

This is often made more fun with the help of slow motion that is always available in the game and that gives you more time to think about the actions you want to perform. For me, most of the game’s fun came from using slow motion to do cool things like jumping off a platform and shooting enemies on their way down, flipping the gun from one hand to the other for a nice reload, or watching my fist reach out to the enemy’s face with full force.

But outside of slow motion, things look a bit bland. Shooting is just point and spray, and melee often feels like a less satisfying version of Blade and magic. Slo-mo is the main tool for making any of it fun, often by directing your visual scene or challenging yourself to do a crazy stunt.

While the physicality of things in the game is pretty solid, your body itself often feels like a fluid mess. Basic things like jumping and climbing are often more frustrating than not, which makes it confusing that the game likes to make you climb and jump. Even simple things like climbing stairs and climbing over a ledge can be annoyingly inconsistent.

This is typical of a broader issue with Bonillap. The game is too busy asking if it is could He made everything based on physics so that he couldn’t stop thinking about whether it was or not should. Sometimes, the approach to game physics makes the game more interesting and less effective.

Take, for example, the occasional weapon chest that you will find in the game. It has a nice red handle so you know where to pull it to open it. But when you do, half the time you also move a file entire Square, sometimes turning it over and spilling the contents. Bonworks It was the exact same problem when it was launched over two and a half years ago.

And sure, this might be “physically true” given the game’s understanding of the forces involved, but it’s almost universal. Not The thing the user intends to do when holding the red handle.

Bonillap It would be a better game if the studio was more strategic about when to use physics to drive interactions and when to make exceptions for ease of use.

The red handle on the weapon box is just one example of a problem that has clearly emerged Bonworks to me Bonillap –The game’s clipboard system is still quite annoying with several obvious design issues that can be addressed with a little attention.

comfort

Bonillap It is unabashedly an intense game as far as convenience goes. The game warns players up front that they should have a serious VR experience before trying the game – a warning everyone should heed.

The game doesn’t shy away from gameplay that usually results in discomfort: things like launching you into the air, running vehicles smoothly, dropping you from great heights, or sliding down long, winding stretches of tubes. Not to mention the craft roller coaster ride.

Compared to its predecessor – which upon release had an exceptionally pulsating sensation of climbing, which gave me the worst case of allergic anaphylactic disconnection I have ever experienced –Bonillap Knight a little better with his rise. Still shaky but not as bad as the original.

Bonillap There are seemingly no limits to sandbox, which means it will likely slow the game into a stuttering chaos if you produce enough items; Stuttering frames can cause inconvenience, although the game never forces this situation on you.

If you consider yourself generally sensitive to artificial motion, you should think carefully about playing it Bonillap; Remember that both Meta and Steam have reasonable 14-day return windows if you haven’t played the game for more than 2 hours, so you can always give it a try to see if it works for you.

Bonelab Comfort Settings – September 29, 2022

Transformation
artificial transformation
snap turn
Quick turn of events
smooth cornering
a movement
artificial movement
teleport
movement dash
flexible movement
Blinders
based on the head
standing control
Interchangeable movement hand
Position
standing position
sitting position
artificial bending
real corpses
Accessibility
translations
Dialogue sound
Languages Einglish
adjustable difficulty In some situations
condemns required
Real corpses wanted
Hearing is required
Adjustable player height

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