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JaxonH

Hands On Impressions As A PSVR / Occulus Rift Owner

I’m shocked at how good LABO VR is. And I say this after having a fairly lukewarm reaction to it out of the box. As soon as I got the goggles built I threw them on and tried some of the mini games from the garage, and frankly speaking they were pretty horrible. Especially from the viewpoint of someone who had experienced high end VR.

Then I built the blaster (which, can I just say, was a blast, pun intended- it’s absolutely amazing how these contractions go together and work). I then proceeded to give the Blaster game a run, and... it changed everything. It changed my entire opinion of this LABO set. It’s only an hour of content at most (not counting replaying for higher scores), but it’s the most fun hour I’ve spent in VR in recent memory. The tactile feedback of the gun is what really elevates it above other experiences, on top of which, the game actually looks pretty dang good in VR. Those mini games just gave a horrible first impression, but the blaster game is proper VR. It’s what I recommend everyone try first.

I also just got done playing Kablasta. And I have to say, it’s a pretty good multiplayer game with way more depth than you’d think at first glance. Neither of these games are going to provide you with hours and hours of content unless you’re super into high scores and challenging yourself for a gold medal on each stage. But the fun that’s on offer for the short duration you get to experience it is worth the buy-in, IMO.

I haven’t even gotten to the camera or the wind pedal or bird or elephant yet. I figure all together I’ll get 5 solid hours of play time, but 5 really good hours. There’s also the time spent building everything which, to me, is nearly as entertaining as playing the games themselves. I love seeing how all these toycon take shape- it feels so good to build it yourself. Really makes you appreciate it more once you’re finished.

I went from being reasonably excited, to having most of my hype killed when I first threw the goggles on and played the mini games, to being absolutely blown away when I tried the blaster. That thing is genuis, and I swear if Nintendo or a 3rd party doesn’t make a stand-alone game using it, it’s going to be one of the biggest missed opportunities this generation. That blaster is phenomenal. It is incredibly fun to use, and it would be tragic if this was all the action it ever gets to see.

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@JaxonH Yeah the feedback on the blaster is great. That resistance in the trigger and the sweet thunk of the ‘firing hammer’ really make a world of difference. I think you’ll get a kick out of the bird, too. It’s very open like the Vehicle Kit’s adventure mode.

That blaster already has me trying to build some garage games around it.

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Moroboshi876

I'm almost convinced to buy it (starter pack only, I'm not interested in labo in general, so I'd stick to the goggles and blaster), as a noob in VR stuff.

I had read, thought, that some of the minigames are really good too.

I hope Nintendo not only throws some minigames in Super Mario Odyssey and BOTW future updates as announced, but also for other games, or even launches a Switch version of Mario Kart VR thanks to this.

I know they won't do it, but I think now is the perfect occasion (after missing the 3DS opportunity) to relaunch at least the best Virtual Boy games. It could be some kind of Virtual Console but just for the VB games, if they don't want to do the VC (with several systems' catalog) people were expecting.

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premko1

Buy starter kit like me - its really fun and u can unlock all other kit`s games as well. The vr garage rocks !!!

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Moroboshi876

@premko1 Yeah, the price of the starter kit is what attracts me the most, I think LOL. It's worth the try. I'm not going to buy expansions, because I'm not interested in the cardboard stuff anyway. Don't have the space either.

But how can you unlock the other games? Don't they come in cards like the rest of physical games?

By the way, I know you have to hold de blaster in blaster games, but how do you play with other games? Do you have to move your hands while holding the joy-cons?

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RR529

Went ahead and ordered the starter kit, based on everyones' impressions.

It'll get here on Wednesday, but as I likely won't be able to start building until the weekend I also ordered Google Cardboard for my phone (I know that'll be little more than a 3D viewer, but it'll give me something a little more quick and easy to assemble to see how I get along with the whole building aspect).

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Moroboshi876

I just ordered it and will get it tomorrow. But people talk about the time you get to (for me, "have to") build the thing itself. Is it that long? I want to play...

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premko1

@Moroboshi876 So far ive tried the photo and bird ones - they are both managable without cardboard (photo - u just have to turn right joycon to focus which is easy ; bird - just by moving the joycon u "fly" ,the steering is up to Switch itself) All the games are on the cartridge.

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Moroboshi876

@premko1 Thanks! I didn't know. I don't need that extra cardboard!

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Late

@Moroboshi876 I've heard the blaster takes up to 3 hours to build and I believe that's the one that takes the longest. Building the goggles shouldn't take long so you can at least see how well the VR works in general before moving onto the blaster. I don't have the VR kit but I was able to build the Toy-Con in Variety Kit faster than what the estimated time was according to the software.

I personally like the building process but I guess it's not for everyone. I really enjoy seeing how it all comes together to form a functioning controller. It's quite magical.

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Moroboshi876

@Late Well, I don't mean I can't enjoy it, but it's not the part that appeals me the most, not by a long shot. So I guess I can assemble the goggles and leave the blaster for another day. Having a 1 year old at home I guess I'll have to change my "stay up late on Friday for Xbox One / Raspberry playtime" for "stay up late for building a blaster", right? It's the only way I have to enjoy a 3-hour run of anything by myself.

Thanks, because it helps to know it's not a thing to do in the half hour I have -if I'm lucky- between the moment I put my daughter to sleep and my wife and I have dinner.

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chardir

@Moroboshi876 The goggles take about half an hour. I haven't built the blaster yet but Nintendo estimate 2-3 hours. For a competent adult I would expect about 2 hours maximum unless you deliberately do it at a leisurely pace. The builds are separated into sections so you don't need to do it all at once, if folding cardboard for 2 hours sounds dull.

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Moroboshi876

@chardir Thanks. One more quick question, though: about folding cardboard... is it any way to do it wrong? I'm not much of a handyman and I wouldn't want to fold it by the wrong place and having that mark forever.

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@Moroboshi876 Nah, you can't get it wrong. There are animated instructions that you can forward / rewind / zoom / rotate as much as you need. The cardboard itself is printed, cut and all the folds are scored and clearly visible, and there are extra markings to show where parts connect to other parts.

I will say though, keep it away from your 1-year-old.

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Moroboshi876

@chardir Yeah, I know. That's one of the reasons why I'll have to wait until next Thursday night (next Friday is a holiday here) to get on with it.

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Trajan

Just got it and put the googles together. I'm very impressed with it. The videos look very similar to Oculus from what I remember. It seems neither the resolution or frame rate are an issue.

Excited to see how BOTW works out.

Hopefully someone makes a strap.

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RR529

@Trajan, apparently the velcro strap intended for Google Cardboard works just as well with LABO VR. @JaxonH posted a photo around here somewhere, maybe in the general Switch thread, with his set up with it.

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linkfanpc

Heyo, i'm planning on doing an semi-in depth review of this kit, because it totally blew me away and has pretty much sucked every hour of my time since i got it besides those dreaded hours i have to let the system charge, but i found two fun easter eggs, particularly in the Discover section that i want to be the first to document, lol. xd

Apologies if this is a bad place to post this, i'm new here. Also, similar things may happen in other Labo kits, idk, i only own the VR one.

In any Discover topic, on the right of the screen the normal blue background ends. Normally it looks like some artwork concept or something, but if you grab and drag it all the way to the left it's actually and X-Ray visor. Notable stuff includes you can see the dudes' skeletons in the "Meet the Team" file, and you can see the circuit boards of the Joy-Con in the Joy-Con topic.

Also in the Joy-Con section, if you unlock and enter the "Turning the Joy-Con" file, they give you a Check-it-Out mode where you can twist and turn the joycon and see feedback of you doing it in-game. You can also press buttons and the buttons you press highlight. If you press B + Y + X on the right joycon, and Up + Left + Down on the left, they turn into lightsabers. There's no mini-game or anything, just a silly joke, although they zap if you knock them together.

I have a feeling stuff like these is present in other Check-it-Out modes too, so you can go looking if you like.

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@linkfanpc Cool Easter eggs! I’ll have to try them out in a bit when I’m done with my elephant

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