The Copper Canyon Shoot-Out is a Virtual Reality (VR) shooter developed by South Wales based Black Dragon Studios in Unreal Engine 4 for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Last week Athravan interviewed Black Dragon Studios, and now I’m reviewing the game.
About The Copper Canyon Shoot Out
Gameplay in The Copper Canyon Shoot Out consists of frantic gun-based combat set in a Wild West-themed world overrun by hostile robots. The Copper Canyon Shoot-Out has been designed to be played in relatively short bursts and offers an instant action, no-strings VR experience that can be played from either a standing or sitting position (standing recommended).
The core of the game is extremely fast and frenetic. The player must progress through three levels that are each divided into multiple areas. In each area, the player must face relentless waves of enemies which spawn around the environment in progressively more challenging waves. Enemies will dynamically take cover, charge or attack independently.
The player is encouraged to continually move from cover to cover whilst laying down as much fire as possible, giving the game a real Wild West shoot-out atmosphere. Using dual-wield weapons, multiple enemies can be engaged at once and the air is often filled with bullets (which can be shot down). Each path leads to a final open arena where the player must face a final boss which will present different challenges depending on the chosen level and must be defeated in stages, destroying limbs and body parts.
- Duel wielding weapons
- Unique and challenging levels
- Multi-stage boss which requires a different tactic to defeat him on each encounter
- Colourful and stylised Wild West era world
- Bullet dodging VR action
- variety of enemies
- Western themed soundtrack
The Copper Canyon Shoot Out was made by a team of 4 people which were Julian Hainsworth (technical artist), Jon Carroll (character artist), Chris Davies (Technical artist) and Ben Long (Junior technical artist). The game will cost £11.99 in the UK and be approximately 2GB file size. It released on the 30th of April 2019. It is available on Steam, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift stores.
Visuals and sound
The visuals of this game have a cartoon look and feel. It also makes you feel like you are in a wild west shoot-out with the different waves happening. As you take out the robots one by one more will appear until you deplete the wave. The sounds of the weapons change depending on the weapon you use but each sound matches the current weapon you are using. The soundtrack ties into the game really well as it makes the immersion and VR experience more real
- Fast PVP action
- Arcade style shoot-em up
- Wild western themed
- Immersive game play
- You can destroy certain limbs / body parts for interesting things to happen
- Not a lot of content
- Constant vibrations from firing which would kill your batteries (no option to turn it off)
- Expensive due to the lack of content (could change in the future)
I would personally say yes to buying it if they promise more content in the future. While £11.99 seems relatively cheap it only has 3 levels and can get very repetitive. It can become competitive if you play with friends and family as you can see who will get the highest score as that is the point of playing these arcade type games. Each level takes around 15 to 20 minutes depending on how well you do and how many times you die. The controls are pretty simple and are like other shoot-em-up VR games. Triggers to shoot and the thumb grips to grab (Oculus Rift). The game itself has a nice tutorial to take you through the controls anyway. you can find the game here!