When comparing Time Rifters vs Space Pirate Trainer, the Slant community recommends Space Pirate Trainer for most people. In the question“What are the best VR games on Steam?” Space Pirate Trainer is ranked 7th while Time Rifters is ranked 23rd.
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Pro Rarely seen gameplay mechanic that combines multiple playthroughs
Each level is played through multiple times with every new playthrough adding previous playthroughs alongside current one. This is done 4 times trying to complete as much of the level as possible. It essentially creates a solo co-op experience and allows for lots of strategical planning forward.
Pro Vibrant aesthetic
The game has simple, clear, blocky levels and uses bright colors. There's an Iron Man inspired hud, but that can mostly be ignored unless you want to check out the score. Important information such as enemy count is displayed on the walls of levels and there's no need to keep track of health or ammo.
Pro Good weapon variety
The game has 6 different weapons that each has a progression system associated with 5 upgrade categories - Spread, Focus, Rapid, Punch and Acid. It adds another level of strategical depth as weapon upgrades have to be planned for.
Pro Level editor and Steam Workshop support
You can create your own levels to challenge yourself and your creativity. It feels really cool playing through levels you made, although you know what to expect.
Pro Very fun
Pro Control is super intuitive
Being that the users view is controllable with their head, which frees up both hands to control the dual wielded pistols makes for a very intuitive and natural way to play a first person shooter. No longer do you have to have your guns in sight in order to shoot in the direction that you would like.
Con Abandoned support
Currently the game does not work with the retail version of the Rift, a DK2 (beta Rift model) and older drivers will be necessary to play the game. There has been no word from the developer if this will be fixed.
While there's definitely potential for multiple playthroughs to try and get a better score, the base game has just about 2 hours of gameplay.
Con Very little depth
There is not much to do in the game other than shoot robots, it give a Space Invaders type feel, but in VR. This may change in the future since this is an early access game, but currently the game is pretty shallow.