Sailing. A boring concept to most gamers but VR Regatta offers and experience that you can’t get from any FPS or MMORPG. To you a “boom” may be what you hear when you shoot a red oil drum. Well for your information it can also mean “a long pole that moves and that has a sail fastened to it”. And if that doesn’t fascinate you… I swear, the game is way more fun than it sounds.
VR Regatta is closer to a sailing simulator than it is to any other type of game. This however is not a bad thing. It is because of how well all of its mechanics work and how close to their real life counterparts they are. The game puts you on a sailing boat and starts teaching you how to use it. Catching wind and moving the sail are how you pick up speed and control the boat. Controls may vary depending on the boat, but we won’t get into that. Once you know how to pilot the boat you can start completing challenges to rise up the ranks and get new titles. You start as a Mate. After you complete the set tasks you become a Skipper and so on.
Learning how to sail is cool and all but what if I want to compete? Well then you can race. In fact you have to compete in races to climb up the ranks of the sailing world. Sail with the wind and tilt the boat to unnerving angles as you make sharp turns to taste victory. You also get trophies for winning races so you can feel like a champion as you fill your shelves with them.
Sometimes you want to take a break from racing and competing to be the best. Good thing VR Regatta lets you sail freely in the beautiful Akalana Islands. You can pick from a variety of boats and have a slow ride to wherever the wind takes you. Thanks to the multiplayer you can have fun sailing with your friends as well.
I think VR Regatta can spark an interest in sailing in a decent percent of people who try it. It can also be a great pastime for people who sail in real life but rarely have the chance to do it.
“I believe virtual reality can greatly enhance sailing training, be a great way for all ‘landlocked’ sailors to stay connected to their hobby and introduce more people to sailing.”
Greg Dziemidowicz, Co-Founder of MarineVerse