Ever since we made the first proxy battle shows and games, like Pokémon, Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and the such, we’ve been dreaming to see our virtual allies come to life in front of us. And now we can finally have that. With the help of the new device, Oculus brings VR card game Dragon Front.
In their attempt to put out something that would perhaps challenge Blizzard’s Hearthstone, veteran gaming company High Voltage is proud to soon launch Dragon Front. It’s basically a card game in virtual reality, and isn’t that really what you’ve always wanted?
Ever since you saw the blue-eyed white dragon come out of Yugi’s cards you’ve wanted exactly this – making creatures come to life around you in a way that matches how you’re playing your cards. We can finally do that. Play a card and see its impressive creature come out to fight your enemies for you. These are proxy battles at their best.
The 23 year old company has done some work for the Mortal Kombat franchise and is also about to release a first person shooter for the Oculus. With the awesomeness that will be Dragon Front and the FPS due to come out, it’s hard not to think that the company’s focus will entirely shift to virtual reality.
But going back to the game, I have to mention that it is very similar to Hearthstone. And not just in gameplay, but in card designs, creature designs, and even the health, mana cost, and attack look very similar to those in Hearthstone. Not that Hearthstone is a completely original game.
These card battle games have been an important part of our geek culture for decades. Being with us since 1993, Magic: The Gathering is for card battle games what Dungeons and Dragons is for Pen and Paper RPGs. As the base inspiration for all the subsequent titles, the game is truly one for the ages.
Going back to the game one more time, the company did a very good integrating spells and creatures into the impressive VR landscape around you. Some spells prevent you from seeing the battlefield, while having a creature in front of you will kind of impede your vision of the fighting arena.
The graphics look very nice, and although not at all close to reality, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from a virtual reality card game. The fact that you don’t have to move that much makes the game pretty addictive, especially since you can play it against opponents from all over the world.
Overall, I can’t wait for the game to out, although I most likely won’t be getting an Oculus until next year. In the meantime, we can just watch some reruns of Yu-Gi-Oh! And get right back into the spirit of card battles.
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