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  • Summary: GORN is a ludicrously violent VR gladiator simulator, made by Free Lives, the developers of Broforce and Genital Jousting.

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GORN - Steam Early Access Launch Trailer
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 100
    Simply put, GORN is among the very best VR games out there.
  2. Jul 18, 2019
    85
    Gorn is the product of two years of tireless Early Access development. What started out as a laughable bit of nonsense has gradually evolved into, well, a much more polished and expansive bit of nonsense. It’s a toybox filled with razor-sharp playthings and endless action figures to use them on, upheld by a combat system that bends reality to eschew awkwardness. Ultimately it might just be a glorified tech demo for VR combat, but it’s one that will produce enough laughs and gasps that you’ll be willing to risk bodily harm playing it. For better or worse, that’s a potent example of immersion.
  3. Aug 20, 2019
    85
    GORN makes a gory, bloodfest type of fighting into a fun pastime that can also serve as a fairly good cardio workout. While there are buckets of blood and dismembered body parts flying around, it is designed in a way to make what would normally be prohibitively gross into something so fun that you will find yourself laughing at the incredible mayhem that surrounds you.
  4. Aug 14, 2017
    82
    Would I recommend Gorn… absolutely… but don’t blame me for any damages!… seriously… be very careful!
  5. Jul 18, 2019
    80
    It is stupid, and over the top on almost every level yet it’ll still put a smile of most players faces. Additionally, GORN will help you lose two things, time and calories. You’ll find that one fight will turn into ten, and you’ll be a sweaty mess from all that arm swinging. If you want something deep and thought-provoking go read a book, for everyone else there’s GORN.
  6. Aug 5, 2019
    80
    Every component of GORN, from the huge assortment of weaponry to the strange physics, comes together to deliver exactly what is promised: bloody, melee carnage. It’s a no-frills experience that doesn’t concern itself with anything extraneous, like moral questions or a narrative. For some, that’s more than enough. For others, GORN is at least worth checking out, if just to see first-hand how gross dislocated eyeballs are. It’s pretty gross.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Aug 14, 2019
    10
    This game makes VR worth having. Great performance, accessible controls, great physics and gore - it has everything you could ever ask anyThis game makes VR worth having. Great performance, accessible controls, great physics and gore - it has everything you could ever ask any gladiator simulator for. Expand
  2. Nov 4, 2019
    10
    This is what you call dumb fun. Game runs great and is the only VR game to-date that is immersive enough in VR i forget where im standing inThis is what you call dumb fun. Game runs great and is the only VR game to-date that is immersive enough in VR i forget where im standing in my room and might hit something. Must own. Expand
  3. Oct 15, 2019
    8
    GORN is, simply put, a lot of fun. Definitely a game you should get if you want to have friends over who want to have fun in VR. This is aGORN is, simply put, a lot of fun. Definitely a game you should get if you want to have friends over who want to have fun in VR. This is a physics based melee game, meaning you can block enemy weapons with your own weapons or a shield and it just works. All missions happen in a coliseum of sorts with enemies spawning in in waves. You move by gripping with your fists to set an anchor of sorts, and then when you move while still gripping your body will move about your fist. It is hard to explain, but the result is moving around feels very ridiculous and unique. You can also turn this off and use the sticks to move if you want. There is an endless / custom mode where you can change a lot of parameters, like how much damage weapons do and how big the enemies are etc., otherwise there are about 9 preset missions to play through, each with a unique boss at the end.

    The downsides are: a) There isn't a lot of variety, so this game is better in short bursts (typical of VR games, unfortunately). b) There isn't a real sense of progression. Not a lot to unlock or reason to come back after you quickly beat the game other than to play endless. And c) it seems like stabbing with swords / spears doesn't work! Only slashing. I want to be able to impale enemies on my blade! It may be that it just requires more precision and/or speed than slashing. There are few things as satisfying as cleaving an enemy's head in immediately with an axe while they are charging their attack, though.

    I highly recommend turning the option on in settings so you can pivot-turn with your thumb sticks, because you have to turn around a lot on this game. Works perfectly with the Valve Index.
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