The best game you missed in May 2020: VirtuaVerse

What does the vast metropolis of cyberpunk dystopia smell like? Point-and-Click Adventure VirtuaVerse’s Future Looking across the shimmering skyscrapers of the city, it may contain the odor of rotten food and the stinking sewers of industrial diesel and metal.

Even through the structure illuminated by pink and blue neon lights, the place is full of darkness and dirt. You’ll see toxic spills of puddle from constant acid rain, rotten posters on oil-stained walls, messy graffiti, and bags of trash spilling on the sidewalk. It’s a terrible place to homelessly clean the terrible hunger of criminal gangsters, especially slums and back alleys, and the food and medicine left in the trash cans.

The game hasn’t yet found a way to give it an olfactory experience (thankfully it is), but VirtuaVerse is still quite poetic in portraying high-tech corruption, which is how you live in that antihero. Less obvious than, Nathan. Like any other self-respecting cyberpunk protagonist, he’s a hacker and dealer of your illegal merchandise, whether it’s modified hardware or cracked software. He also lives off-grid and explicitly rejects the alternative integrated reality forced by monotonous artificial intelligence. So, unlike most residents, Nathan can switch between reality with a custom headset. This highlights the difference between the two worlds: the multicolored billboard scene and the flashy spam ads that overlap the monotonous city reality.

This is one of the most fascinating aspects of VirtuaVerse, but the game is still closely associated with the most ubiquitous motifs of the genre: pouring rain, neon-soaked cities, and of course, East Asian characters and What do you have, like the spread of other cultural symbols, karaoke? But instead of enhancing the thin and stylish veneer of cyberpunk aesthetic screens that many cyberpunk titles tend to do, VirtuaVerse headsets are unbearably electronic and cluttered around. Make it look flashy. Looking through that lens is completely annoying and seems to implicitly deny the glitz and charm of cyberpunk. You really don’t want to live here.

Nathan lives off-grid and explicitly rejects the alternative integrated reality forced by monotonous artificial intelligence.

That doesn’t mean that VirtuaVerse’s pixel art environment isn’t attractive. If anything, it’s unforgettable, beautiful and perfectly designed, which is clearly a homage to a point-and-click old adventure. Unfortunately, it also inherits the frustrating confounding puzzles of these classic games. Resolving them means clicking on all possible artifacts, running out of all interactive options and dialogs, and praying that you haven’t missed the crucial ones.

At some point, you’ll probably reach a walkthrough to go through some of the most annoying puzzles. Still, even the most exhausted, there are many other reasons to jack in and unravel the complex web of corruption, corruption, and conspiracy that surrounds VirtuaVerse’s entire technocity. These are invisible forces that empower not only the pipe and mechanical systems that run under the feet of city dwellers, but also their virtual experiences, hopes and dreams revealed by the clouds of data above.

VirtuaVerse can be purchased on Steam or GOG for £ 13 / € 15 / $ 15.

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The best game you missed in May 2020: VirtuaVerse

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