Eve Valkyrie delivers on one of the fundamental promises of VR: the outer space dogfight fantasy. Its connection to Eve Online, the ongoing and super popular MMO that's a bottomless well for player drama, will only be relevant to the the truly devoted, but its intrinsic charms are immediately evident to the rest of us. It's probably the most persuasive example yet of VR's capacity to elevate what would otherwise be an ordinary experience on a flat screen. The second you blast off and find yourself dancing amongst asteroids and space junk, you're fully there, ready buy into the fantasy in all its grandeur and majesty. Once it hits you that you can scan the interior of your cockpit and take in a panoramic view of space, you're sold.
It's almost enough to help you forget that there isn't a whole lot to the actual game behind the spectacle. Eve Valkyrie is a pretty rudimentary arcade-style space shooter at its core, relying almost entirely on the novelty of the medium to carry its thrills. As a showcase for the tech, it's a stirring success. But as a game with actual staying power? Probably not, if its reviews on other VR platforms are any indication.