I love video games, but I don’t have a lot of spare time. That means my gaming time has to be cut into small pieces—instead of struggling with sprawling, complicated epics, I tend to home in on shorter games so I don’t lose track of my place between sessions.
With VR, that’s not so much of a problem. Virtual reality works well in short, bite-sized pieces, giving players a powerful experience in a fraction of the time. That’s how Loading Human works—chapter-based, episodic release ensures you get a powerful, emotional story with none of the problematic hitches of this first generation of practical VR. The technology already makes us want to spend time in fictional worlds, but as Sony Chief Andrew House puts it, VR games work best in short bursts more akin to a thrill ride than your average binge-playing approach. In this case, less is more.
Episodic Games Like Loading Human Shine in VR
Episodic game releases are a huge trend right now. While some players may not like waiting for the next installment, this, too, can be a good thing; like waiting for the sequel to a beloved film, your increased anticipation keeps you excited and interested in what’s to come.
And for VR, it makes even more sense. Loading Human is an emotionally driven narrative piece, tying it closely to media like TV and film. As you step into the shoes of Prometheus, tasked with sacrificing everything to save his father, you experience a range of emotions unlike anything in conventional gaming. The intense, story-driven episodes, which channel the classic gameplay of old-school adventure games, feel more like the slow burn of a television show than your average fast-paced video game.
Episodic release focuses on delivering a complete story arc in smaller chunks. Like House’s metaphor, Loading Human is an emotional thrill ride—in a short period of time, you experience a series of scenes intended to hit several different emotions. The focus isn’t on action but rather on the way immersion in video games can make us feel. It’s different from many mainstream games, but for players who want to see the power of VR for storytelling, there’s nothing else like it.
Shorter VR Adventures Make Motion Sickness Manageable
One of the biggest technological hurdles VR is tackling right now is motion sickness. Because virtual reality simulates movement without us actually moving, it can confuse our inner ear and cause nausea. Other technical problems like delayed response from controller input and low framerates can contribute to the problem, making it difficult for players to spend long hours in a simulated environment.
Many VR developers are taking steps to address the problem—such as Loading Human’s unique movement system—but there’s another solution that can happen concurrently. VR adventures that are meant to be played in a relatively short time span mean players have less time to get nauseated but can still feel the full impact of a VR story. Because Loading Human is broken up into chapters within each episode, you have plenty of points to stop if you find VR sickness is a problem.
Short, Impressive VR Adventures Like Loading Human Suit Current Technology Best
While more traditional games are growing in size, often encompassing dozens or even hundreds of hours of play, VR benefits from allowing shorter play times for players who want it. That doesn’t mean players who want to spend hours in a game can’t do so—Loading Human offers replay value as you attempt to figure out what secrets it holds, even between episodes—only that players who choose a short session won’t miss out on the powerful emotional experience or the incredible, immersive mechanics of virtual reality.
A short game can be a good thing; titles like Portal, Braid, and Mirror’s Edge are impactful and beloved despite their comparatively short length. And episodic titles like The Walking Dead and Life is Strange have shown us how great a game’s narrative can be, even when broken into smaller chunks. Loading Human will impress because of its chapter-based narrative, not in spite of it. A great experience is not defined by how long you spend doing it, but rather how well it achieves its goals and impacts you as a player.
Loading Human explores the powerful potential of VR storytelling with an emotionally driven narrative. Preorder your copy today!