Thereā€™s no official VR version of Dark Souls (yet), which leaves the door open for Chronos, a very cool Oculus Rift launch game that manages to be both a VR showcase and a good game on its own.

Hereā€™s a short video of me playing through the first proper level:

What it is: Chronos is a third-person action RPG that casts you as a young man or woman sent out by your people on some sort of trial. Itā€™s all shrouded in mystery, and part of the gameā€™s appeal seems to be trying to figure out whatā€™s actually going on.

The meat of the game, however, revolves around standard third-person RPG combat. Fight enemies, level up, improve your gear, and so on. Battles are weighty like a Souls game, though definitely not as difficult, at least not as far as Iā€™ve played. Enemies do a lot of damage, healing items are rare, and each time you die, your character ages one year. At each ten-year interval, you get a new talent, and as you get older your physical attributes matter less and your magical attributes matter more. Itā€™s an interesting idea and while Iā€™ve yet to see how it plays out (Iā€™ve only died a few times), that premise along with the gameā€™s polish and solid gameplay are enough to immediately make Chronos more interesting than your average VR launch game.

Throughout the week, Iā€™ll be posting a series of short videos like this one to give an idea of how these VR games work. For more thoughts on the Oculus Rift itself, check out my full write-up.