We were kindly gifted this experience in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own.
When I was offered the opportunity to visit VR Here I jumped at the chance. VR Here is a virtual reality arcade in Liverpool. The experience appealed to me as my job before having my daughter, was the store and social media manager of a virtual reality (VR) arcade in the Midlands, and I love VR!
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual reality is an immersive experience that requires you to wear a headset and controllers to interact with your environment. VR Here use a headset called the HTC Vive which allows you to see, walk and play in a 360-degree environment. VR Here is a virtual reality arcade where you can book sessions to play on the VR equipment. There are 4 booths which you can play in, and they’re very spacious with a padded floor so there’s no chance of running out of space and into a wall!
What is a Virtual Reality Arcade?
So you may have heard of virtual reality but not necessarily about VR arcades. VR arcades started opening in the UK in 2016 to allow the public the opportunity to play at an affordable price. If you were to buy a virtual reality headset and a high spec gaming computer (essential for a fully immersive experience) it’s likely you would spend a minimum of £3000. This is unaffordable for most people, especially if you’re a parent! But if it was, then you would still need to find a minimum of 2 metres by 2 metres in your house to experience fully immersive room scale VR.
This may sound like technical jargon (my apologies) but essentially virtual reality arcades allow you to experience as much VR as you want, for an affordable price in a spacious area!
What Games Can I Play At VR Here?
There is a range of games and experiences available which can be played single player, multiplayer or co-op. There are games suitable for children and adults, and you can play various games during your session. Some of the games include:
- Space Pirate Trainer (similar to the 90’s Space Invaders game!)
- Job Simulator (kids usually love this game! They have to do different jobs in a world populated by robots)
- Richie’s Plank Experience – a lift takes you up to the top of a New York skyscraper and then you have to walk off a wooden plank! More realistic than you would think!
- Superhot VR – time moves as fast as you do and you have to punch your enemies and dodge their incoming attacks.
- The Brookhaven Experience – I think this is the scariest zombie game I’ve played. It is an 18 and has you on your toes the whole time!
You can find an extensive list of the games available here.
I played a cool archery game called Elven Assassin where I had to defend my castle from a hoard of orcs. It’s so realistic that you can feel the tension as you pull the bow. I also played on a hydraulic motorbike where I raced against my opponents; it was a lot harder than it looked and I hate to admit I came last but it was fun all the same!
The sessions available allow you to play for 30 minutes which is £10 or an hour which is £20. You can also play on the hydraulic motion car or bike racers which are £5 for several races. I would recommend booking in advance which you can easily do on their website, and you can either pay online or on arrival. VR Here accepts both cash and card, and also sells drinks and snacks which is handy if you’re making a day of it.
Other Useful Information:
There is a toilet on the premises and also several chairs so you can sit down and watch the rest of your party play. We were at VR Here for nearly 2 hours so these were both handy.
There is parking directly outside the arcade, and it is quite close to the city centre if you want to walk. We got the train to Liverpool Lime Street and then caught an Uber to VR Here which was around £4. It was a nice day when we visited so we decided to walk into the city centre after our visit and it took us around 15 minutes.
To find out more about VR Here or book a session click here.
If you’re planning a trip to Liverpool and are wondering what else you can do Alison Fay has written a blog post on Liverpool’s must-see attractions that you can read here.
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