Review of I Expect You to Die Rating ****
This VR title is from 2017. One of the first things you’ll notice upon slipping on your VR headset is that there is no motion. Instead, you are seated in different rooms and modes of transportation and have to figure out puzzles that increase in difficulty. The puzzles build on one another. As the title suggests, you’ll die many times as you try, and fail, to figure out a puzzle. There’s a bit of a Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow aspect to the game.
You can use the controllers to grab things at a distance as well as interact with objects in whatever environment you might find yourself in. Each mission might have six to eight levels of puzzles you must solve before completing a mission. To add a level of difficulty, some missions require that you solve a puzzle in a certain amount of time before something explodes or some other calamity occurs.
Each mission is unique and has no relationship to previous missions. If I had to choose my favorite mission, it would be the space shuttle mission to destroy a death ray machine.
Steam says I spent seven-and-a-half hours playing the game. It certainly felt longer. I would try to complete a mission before taking a break and starting a new one, usually a few days later.
I bout the bundle that included the newer version I Expect You to Die 2. When I first tried to play the second game it came up with a message saying that my G2 Reverb headset was not supported. When I launched the game from within Steam VR, it worked fine. I’ll write a review of I Expect You To Die 2 when I finish it.
The game has a lot to recommend. There’s humor, and the graphics and soundtrack keep you immersed.