Is Amongst Us VR Any Higher Than the VR Chat Model?
Among Us, the hide-and-seek betrayal game, recently released a VR version called Among Us VR, but is it worth the cost? A success story unlike any other, Among Us was relatively unheard of when it was first released. However, once the pandemic hit, the game exploded in popularity.
While Among Us has gained notoriety, it is not the only imposter game, and the VR version is not the only VR imposter title either. Titles like Project Winter, Town of Salem, and Goose Goose Duck all have a similar style where a few players are traitors in disguise. Additionally, some impostor titles, such as VRChat’s version of the game, may even be better than the original.
VRChat Offers More In-depth Gameplay Than Among Us VR
VRChat, Garry’s Mod of the virtual world, has recreated practically every title possible in VR, and Among Us is no exception. Regarding recreations, VRChat has a leg up on the competition as the game is free. With the endless customization of characters, players are only limited by their creativity and technical skill. This skill is demonstrated when games that are not already VR are recreated with automation within the multiple worlds of VRChat.
While Among Us VR was only released on Nov. 10, 2022, VRChat had a playable version of the game in 2020. VRChat’s version is also arguably the better iteration of the title. Neither title offers maps such as the Airship and primarily keeps to the base map from the game’s first launch. However, while Among Us VR limits what players can do and has created a modified version of the task found in the original game, VRChat stays relatively faithful to the original task. VRChat has functional cameras, wire connections, and more. The official Among Us VR is severely limited on the other hand, with a 3D map on the table instead of cameras, more button slapping than delicate motor skill tasks, and an overall clucky feel to the gameplay.
Ultimately, It Comes Down to Fans’ Preferences
This is not to say that Among Us VR is not a decent title — it’s just that other game versions may be better. Among Us VR comes with a price tag of $9.99 USD, and VRChat and any worlds within the game are completely free. While understandable that the release has a price tag for what was received, it could have also followed in other games’ footsteps and launched as a free mod.
Among Us VR offers a simplistic game version with easy-to-handle controls and lobby-making. The title is user-friendly and allows only invited friends to the game. These features are less readily available in games like VRChat, where almost anything goes. A big part of what makes Among Us enjoyable on the crewmate side, though, is the different tasks, and limiting those tasks or simplifying them as was done in Among Us VR can dampen that experience.
Ultimately, it will come down to what someone is looking for when determining the best VR Among Us experience. There are versions available that offer better gameplay experiences and more customization. The official release is a good experience for those unfamiliar with VR controls or those looking for a quick set-up with friends. However, for those looking for a more accurate gameplay recreation of the fan-favorite game and are willing to handle a less controllable lobby, better options are available.