Fans were thrilled exactly a month ago when Lenovo announced its partnership with Disney in the Star Wars Jedi Challenges Augmented Reality (AR) headset right when the trailer for Star Wars Episode 8 premiered. VRZone was invited down by the folks at Lenovo last week to try out gameplay, as well as to gawk at the newly-released Star Wars-themed Lenovo Yoga 2-in-1 laptops.
The Star Wars Jedi Challenges Headset also comes with a tracking beacon and lightsaber, and allows you to fulfill your Star Wars fantasies of lightsaber duels, battles, even Holochess, amongst other strategy games. We found the AR headset to be well built and designed, even fitting well on Ian’s rather large head. It did not feel too heavy even with a phone inside the headset. The lightsaber was available in several designs and had a certain heft to it, which felt great to hold in the hands.
Only certain modes of gameplay like lightsaber battles were available for trial at CEF 2017, but we had a fun time battling against Darth Maul and a bunch of droids. At first, the AR headset seemed to struggle with displaying a straight lightsaber blade that was aligned to the physical lightsaber I was holding. This was easily compensated for by pressing a few buttons on the lightsaber, though I found it to be slightly inconvenient when the blade reset to its slanted position after every round. The game’s mechanics were realistic, and we were parrying blaster bolts back at droids (which felt rather like a game of tennis) and slicing into them. We struggled with our duels with Darth Maul, until an assistant explained that the yellow lines that were appearing on the screen were meant for us to align our lightsaber blades to in order to block Darth Maul’s relentless swinging.
In general, we found this AR game well executed in presentation and gameplay. The realism was on point, and the physics (however loosely that term be used) in the game-play was immersive. However, you should not get carried away and stay aware of your surroundings while playing the game, especially if you have a lot of glass furniture at home. We noticed that we tended to move around the play area a lot, especially while fighting our lightsaber battles. Not that you’d fret much, though, since this is an AR game, which – as you guessed it – augments your visual environment with an overlay of game visuals. Just make sure you’re not stepping on Buddy when you’re lunging forward to Darth Maul’s demise!
The Star Wars Jedi Challenges goes on sale from 6th November at SGD 379, and can be purchased from Lenovo’s website.
May the force be with you as you play around with the Star Wars Jedi Challenges AR Headset!
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