While Facebook's acquisition of the Oculus Rift received a very negative impression by much of the gaming community, developers are still producing new and interesting titles which use the advanced virtual reality hardware. One of the most unique games is called Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a title which came to fruition as a result of the “Global Game Jam 2014” back in January.
The game has a simple concept, one player rocks an Oculus Rift and a Razer Hydra controller while their friends read through a complicated bomb defusal manual in the hopes of helping the player disarm the bomb before it explodes. While it may sound easy to some, there is a few catches. First off, the only player who can see what the bomb looks like is the one wearing the Oculus Rift and that player does not have access to the defusal manual.
This makes it an interesting game based purely on communication between the player immersed in virtual world and his friends who are merely providing him with information straight out of the manual regardless of how accurate it may be. Each defusal requires a series of steps that are found within the manual (cut the blue wire if the bomb's serial number ends in a 1, etc.), but these steps vary every time you play since the bomb won't look or function the same the next time you strap on the headset.
While the game may never see the light of day and likely doesn't have the replayability that many would hope for, it just goes to show you what is possible with the introduction of a solid piece of virtual reality hardware like the Oculus Rift. It has opened up a new dimension of gaming that traditionally we have never been able to experience before. Be sure to watch the humorous video (NFSW language) that's embedded above and see exactly how this game plays out first hand.
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