Ever wanted to team up with two of your best friends and pilot your very own Evangelion against and Angel? At VR ZONE SHINJUKU you can—well, in VR at least.
In Evangelion VR: The Throne of Souls, you and two of your friends play as Nerv employees. When the 10th Angel appears (and Shinji, Rei, and Asuka are nowhere to be found), you three are forced to go out and fight it—despite the fact that you can barely start an Eva with your measly 10% sync ratio.
You begin in the entry plug. Soon it fills up with LCL before starting up the psychedelic light show that happens whenever an Evangelion activates. From there, you watch from the inside as your Eva is moved from its hangar to the launch area where you are joined by your two companions. All the while, Misato and the rest of the HQ staff scramble make sure everything is good to go.
Then you are launched with no preparation and little fanfare to fight the 10th Angel. It’s here that the FPS gameplay begins.
In the real world, you are sitting atop a hydraulic-powered platform shaped vaguely like the cockpit of an EVA—and with an HTC Vive strapped to your head, of course. In each hand, you have a joystick. To move the Eva forward, you push both forward. To move back, you pull both back and so on. To aim your gun, you simply look at the point on the Angel you want to shoot. To fire, you pull the right trigger.
Of course, every gun runs out of ammo. So as you pilot your Eva through the city knocking over buildings, weapons lockers like those seen in the anime will pop out of the ground. Some contain the standard rifle. Others contain rocket launchers or chainguns. All can be used as cover to hide from the 10th Angel’s powerful beam attacks. To switch guns, you simply click the left joystick’s trigger instead of the right’s.
The first time fellow Anime Now! contributor Toshi and I played the game, we lost horribly when our Evas reached their activation time limit—and then met a fate all too familiar to those who lose a fight against the 10th Angel.
The second time we played, we split up, never stopped shooting, and—despite only having two players—took the Angel down with seconds to spare. Not too shabby for our second times in the cockpit.
If you find yourself in Tokyo, you can play Evangelion VR: The Throne of Souls (along with many other VR games) at VR ZONE SHINJUKU. For more information, check out the official website. VR ZONE SHINJUKU will open for business on July 14, 2017. Tickets are on sale now.
In addition to VR ZONE SHINJUKU, a second location, VR ZONE LONDON, has been announced. However, the VR game lineup is currently undetermined.