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All in One Sports VR Game Review- Arcade Sports Action with Friends

By

 Adam Braunstein

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April 7, 2021

 

Way back in the day, we had a little thing called the Nintendo Wii. This strange console from the original videogame masters introduced the world to motion controls in your home for the first time. One of the shining examples of the Wii was Wii Sports. It had a bunch of sports that were playable with friends in your living room and suddenly, it became one of the hottest party games around and it became a huge sensation. VR has always seemed the most logical progression from the Wii and yet, we haven’t seen a Wii Sports-Esque title to hit VR yet. That all changes now with All in One Sports VR. It gives us everything Wii Sports was in a slick VR package that isn’t getting nearly the amount of attention it deserves. Let’s dive into one of the most surprising titles of the year.

The Basics

 

All in One Sports VR gives you a ton of choices of sports to play right from the get-go. From the main menu, you can access baseball, basketball, bowling, ping pong, badminton, darts, and boxing. Each one of these games has different levels you can progress to in a sort of mini-campaign mode where each level gets progressively more difficult. Some of the game modes have online functionality, though I was unable to test this out properly because of the somewhat small playerbase available at the moment. Each mode gives you a small tutorial as it starts in case the mechanics aren’t as straightforward as they seem. The sports are reflected incredibly accurately for the most part and this feels like the building blocks of something special considering it’s still an Early Access Title

What it Feels Like to Play

 

While all the sports differ greatly in how they feel, overall, this is one of the most entertaining sports experiences in VR. Each sport is represented as faithfully as possible and although realism is left at the door for most of the experiences, they are all very easily accessible. Every sport available here is fun to play, though the actual practicality of some of them is lost in its translation to VR.

For example. Basketball just does not work that well in VR. I’ve seen multiple attempts and not one of them has managed to give the feeling of actually shooting the basketball. Elsewhere though, baseball is fantastic here and it feels like the most fleshed-out sport presented here by far. You’re able to choose from 4 different pitches, including a super pitch that’s basically unhittable and the throwing accuracy is incredibly on point, shaming pretty much every other baseball experience I’ve played. The batting is pretty ridiculous as you pretty much need to make contact to blast the ball out of the yard, but it’s actually tough at times to make that contact, and trying to time your swing with a wicked slider is something we haven’t seen in VR to this point. The only disappointing part is there is currently no online play available for baseball, which feels strange when it’s by far the best sports experience on offer. Boxing actually gives you an experience much like BOXVR rather than The Thrill of the Fight which is pretty disappointing because you would expect something more along the lines of The Thrill of the Fight. Bowling feels just like Wii Sports used to, which is to say it’s smooth, and twisting your hand while shooting actually adds spin as it would if you were actually playing. Ping Pong deserves a mention as well because it’s easily the most realistic feeling of all the sports, with some absolutely amazing ball physics at play to make it feel almost identical to playing ping pong in real life. Badminton is great as well and it feels like the best sports to translate to VR are the ones that don’t require a feeling of weight leaving your hand.

What Will Keep You Playing

The multiplayer aspect is easily the most intriguing part of All in One Sports. Being able to play against friends anywhere in the world right now is such an amazing thing and while you’re getting the direct translation in VR, especially with sports that involve teams, it’s still an awesome time. The attention to detail is huge here and developer Appnori. Inc shows that they aren’t just throwing the game together for a cash grab, it’s a legitimate experience that has hours of fun for you and some friends to experience. The only thing I wish it did differently was the difficulty levels, as there’s no way to go up if you’ve mastered the hardest difficulty level. All in One Sports VR delivers a ton of sports options though and it’s likely you’ll find something here to keep coming back to.

Preparation-

Depending on the sport you’re choosing to play, you may need to just stand in place while playing, or you may need around a 5×5 space to navigate. Pitching in baseball for instance, is incredibly hard to do if you’re not taking a full pitcher’s stride. It’s immersive, but also necessary which feels great to do.

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