The standalone port of XReal’s 2018 cooperative military shooter is now available on standalone headsets.
Available now on Oculus Quest headsets, Zero Caliber: Reloaded is the official standalone port of developer XReal’s PCVR military shooter, Zero Caliber, which released on SteamVR and Oculus Rift headsets back in 2018.
Set sometime in the near future, Zero Caliber: Reloaded has you stepping into the boots of an OSA soldier tasked with battling a private military organization fighting for control of the Earth’s last remaining drinkable water. Yes, the world of Zero Caliber is a grim one. Broken up into 19 missions including three training missions, you’ll run-and-gun your way through a variety of battlefields either solo or alongside three other friends via online co-op.
Before each mission, you’ll have the chance to practice with and customize your weapon loadout using a collection of realistic guns and attachments which can be purchased using in-game cash you earn on your missions. The customization options are fairly generous. You can adjust pretty much every aspect of your weapon, from the optics and side rail to the stock, barrel, and skin. Zero Caliber: Reloaded allows you to carry one primary weapon and a sidearm into battle as well as two frag grenades. You can also climb various objects to gain a tactical advantage on your enemies.
Much like the original PCVR release, the gunplay in Zero Caliber: Reloaded feels tight. Each weapon features its own unique pros-and-cons, from magazine size to recoil. Realistic weapons physics allows you to interact with each weapon in a unique matter, like using a fresh clip to slap an empty magazine or throwing ammo to an ally across the battlefield. Unfortunately, this has no real tactical purpose as you’re given unlimited ammo for each and every weapon you hold; not including explosives. Still, the finely-tuned weapon physics can result in some fairly cinematic moments, even if they’re wildly unnecessary from a tactical perspective.
Each mission offers fresh locales to explore and various objectives to complete. Sometimes you’re tasked with arming a C4 charge to destroy a target, other times you’re simply protecting hostages from an enemy assault. Speaking of your AI allies, prepare for some truly over-the-top voice acting. This, in my opinion, works in the game’s favor. At times it felt as though I was playing through a ham-fisted 80’s action film, minus the modern-day weaponry.
Whereas the original Zero Caliber featured fairly impressive textures and visual effects, Zero Caliber: Reloaded looks rough. That being said, I can only imagine how difficult it was to port a game of this size to standalone headsets.
If you’re a die-hard fan of the original Zero Caliber on Oculus Rift and SteamVR headsets or in search of a cooperative military shooter on Oculus Quest, Zero Caliber: Reloaded might be for you. That being said, the Quest platform features no shortage of quality military shooters, from Onward and Pavlov VR to Contractors and Gun Club VR.
Zero Caliber: Reloaded is available now on Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 headsets for $24.99 via the Oculus Store.
Feature Image Credit: XREAL Games