Reality Reflection’s Speedball Arena is now currently available on the Steam store for $9.99 for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Unlike a lot of other games out there, Reality Reflection wanted to make a fun VR title, and so they mirrored a lot of the gameplay mechanics on classics like Rocket League and Rocket Jockey, two classic sports-action titles that redefined the way we view putting our balls in holes.
Speedball Arena in particular sees players attempting to grab hold of the ball using a tether and attempt to fire it into your opponent’s net. The 2-vs-2 matches mean that the pace is more intimate and frenetic, very much like Psyonix’s Rocket League.
You’ll ride around on a hoverbike, almost identical to Rocket Jockey, and attempt to out-maneuver and out-score your opponents. The game was supposedly inspired by American Speedball.
You can check out the gameplay with the video below.
I’ll admit that while I absolutely have not been a fan of many VR games, Speedball Arena does look like a lot of generic fun. It’s something that’s been missing from a ton of VR games: fun.
I think one of the problems is that too many companies get wrapped up in all the silliness of the VR fanfare and forget to actually build fun games around the concept of virtual reality.
More games like Speedball Arena could entice gamers who enjoy titles that allow them to just sit back, relax, and dive into a new world with intuitive functionality and immersive gameplay.
The game is built on the foundation of the Unreal Engine 4, features dual-motion control functionality, and allows players to play via cross-platform compatibility between VR and non-VR users. That’s right, you don’t have to have a VR headset to enjoy Speedball Arena, you can also play with a keyboard and mouse. It might be a little more difficult to view your surroundings and react as quickly as the motion controllers, but you can still check out the game even if you decided not to waste a month’s worth of rent on a heavy, plastic hat filled with diodes and sensors.
If you think that Speedball Arena is a game that might fit your fancy, feel free to learn more by paying a kind visit to the Steam store page.