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Hands on with what could be one of the Oculus Rift's best launch titles

Hands on with what could be one of the Oculus Rift s best launch titles Polygon


Darknet was created by E McNeill, based on his award-winning title Ciess, which earned him $10,000 in the 2013 VR game jam. The idea is that you’re a hacker who has to break into and control different computer systems, but the hacking has nothing to do with reality. This is a simulation of the sort of hacking made famous by B-movies in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

"I started with the most cyberpunk movie of all: Johnny Mnemonic. God, that one was awful. But after that, I buried my expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised byHackersThe Lawnmower Man, and the TRON films," McNeill told Polygon. "None of them seem like masterpieces to me, but they're lovable in their own way."

The game does an amazing job at exploring those hacking tropes and often silly visuals to give the player a sense of control and power. This is "real life" hacking as filtered through a Michael Bay fever dream. The move from basic game jam title to more fleshed out world was aided by Michael Heald, who created the game's aesthetic in two weeks of intense work.

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