After a string of major releases from Oculus Studios which have garnered so-so receptions, Asgard’s Wrath has broken the chain as the most critically acclaimed title from the publisher since 2017’s Lone Echo.
As anyone with a VR headset will tell you, great VR games are hard to come by. So any time something new comes along that really feels compelling, it’s a big deal. For its part, Facebook has been making critical investments in VR content as a publisher under the Oculus Studios banner. Unfortunately, adequate funding isn’t the only ingredient needed to make a great VR game, and while Oculus Studios has brought a series of ‘must play’ titles to fruition, the last few years of its major releases haven’t been as impactful.
Released earlier this month, Asgard’s Wrath has broken that string, becoming the most critically acclaimed Oculus Studios title since 2017’s Lone Echo, according to review aggregator Metacritic, which shows the game averaging 89 points out of 100 across 10 reviews from critics. While this could change as more reviews are published, presently the score ties Asgard’s Wrath with Lone Echo as the best rated major release from Oculus Studios according to its Metacritic score.
Here’s a look at the major Oculus Studios releases from Lone Echo until Asgard’s Wrath, and their aggregated review scores according to Metacritic:
- 89 – Lone Echo (2017)
- 71 – Arktika.1 (2017)
- 78 – Brass Tactics (2018)
- 68 – Marvel Powers United VR (2018)
- 75 – Defector (2019)
- 89 – Asgard’s Wrath (2019)
The 89 point average puts Asgard’s Wrath just one point below what is, to our knowledge, the best rated VR title with 10 or more critic reviews on Metacritic, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission which has averaged 90 of 100 points across 50 reviews. While only at 6 critic reviews, the PC version of Beat Saber has managed 93 of 100.
Players seem largely in agreement with critics on Asgard’s Wrath, with the game managing a 4.6 of 5 stars over 900+ Oculus user reviews (which would convert to 92 on a 100 point scale).
Asgard’s Wrath has set the stage for a string of upcoming Oculus Studios releases:
- Phantom: Covert Ops
- Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond
- Lone Echo II