‘Arcane’ Is A Frantic Wave Shooter Featuring Swords And Shields Instead Of Lasers

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve written about a VR wave shooter. At their core, they’re all the same. Most of them don’t let you manually move yourself around, locking you in place. Enemies attack from a multitude of angles, racking up the stress and intensity. You often have an assortment of weapons to fight back with. In some cases, you might even have different levels and environments to look at over the course of the short experience. If you get more than an hour or two of novelty out of it, that’s rare.

Arcane from Offpeak Games more or less falls into all of those same buckets. There isn’t a whole lot of depth here, but what it lacks in originality, it makes up for with polish and striking visual detail. Since it doesn’t take place in some sort of sci-fi hellscape with lasers and robots, that automatically sets it apart from the majority of its competition.