At the bottom of the spectrum, The Light Brigade is releasing on the Meta Quest 2 and PSVR 1, but also the PSVR 2 and various PC headsets at the top end (featuring a host of lighting, particle and shader improvements).
It's a familiar collection of ideas, to the point where the Steam page's bullet-point summary gave me pause over whether to cover it. Once I'd taken the plunge and booted the game up, however, it immediately piqued my interest. See, before any of the stuff I just mentioned you first play through a brief tutorial sequence, and the first thing you do in this tutorial sequence is pray. You do this by bringing your palms together in the classic Sunday School fashion, which is slightly awkward when you're clutching two chunky oculus controllers, but looks far more dignified in the game itself.
Praying has a functional purpose in The Light Brigade. It helps you open doors, interact with certain objects, and can also be used to pinpoint enemy locations. But it's also a smart way of orienting you within The Light Brigade's world, merging the game's themes of faith and righteous conflict with the inherent tactility of VR, and helping you inhabit the psychology of the game's characters. Also, when you pray, your hands radiate with light, which would have certainly kept me from straying into atheism if it happened while being forced into saying grace.
The Light Brigade also features an impressive number of ways to tailor your character. There are five different classes, each of which has unique weapons and Light-Based "spells", such a temporary shield of light the rifleman can deploy. Weapons can be customised with attachments found in the field or purchased from vendors, like a barrel attachment I stumbled upon that made my bullets deal poison damage. You'll also encounter sparkling chests containing "tarot" cards scattered through levels, which provide slight but significant stat boosts. These feel a tad out of place in the broader game, but I'll forgive this purely because of the fantastic holographic effect these cards have in VR.
Powerful light magic pairs beautifully with gunplay. From infusing your rifle's bullets with light magic to raining fireballs on enemy hordes, magic spells complement your rifle by adding more combat tools to your arsenal.
The Light Brigade is an action game set in the future. Here, you will be controlling one of the members of the said brigade, an elite squad of soldiers tasked with defending humanity against the alien threat. You then must navigate through various levels filled with dangerous enemies, using a variety of weapons and abilities to survive.
A roguelike VR shooter with realistic gunplay and immersive light magic. Ascend the ranks of The Light Brigade to unlock new weapons, upgrades, classes, and abilities as you fight to restore light to the darkness.
Strategically take down relentless enemies with immersive, physics-based gunplay in this atmospheric roguelike shooter. Unlock new weapons, spells, and classes in your attempt to restore light to the world.
But regardless of its evident usefulness, light attack still faces opposition. The Navy was barely able to conduct the Imminent Fury follow-ons, Imminent Fury 2 and Combat Dragon 2, due to Congressional opposition, which on the surface stemmed from two major circumstances: First, the chosen Tucanos were designed and built in Brazil, not the United States, and second, the program did not invite companies to compete for selection. But there may be a longer-standing opposition stemming from more basic issues in the way aircraft are procured for the U.S. Air Force.
In the meantime, the aerospace industry is undergoing a light attack surge. The Super Tucano is preparing to enter service in Lebanon, Nigeria, and Mali. The Beechcraft AT-6 has yet to sell, but parent company Textron recently introduced the Scorpion, a twin-engine jet built specifically for light attack missions. Iraq and Lebanon fly weaponized, U.S.-funded Cessna Caravans, originally designed for small-number passenger transport or light cargo hauling. A South African company is testing a dedicated light attack/reconnaissance airplane called AHRLAC. Iomax is readying another order for the UAE, this time for Thrush-based Archangels. Even Erik Prince still wants light attack airplanes: His new company Frontier Services Group, according to the website The Intercept, hired an Austrian company to arm Thrush cropdusters and send them to Africa. (The deal fell through because it violated weapons export regulations.) Still, the U.S. military hesitates, and light attack manufacturers will just have to be content with small fry as they wait for the biggest fish in the pond to swim their way. 781b155fdc