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AMD & NVIDIA GPU VR Performance: H3VR

Author:Kyle Bennett

Date: Monday , October 17, 2016

Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades is more of a firearms simulation than it is a game. H3VR certainly does have some gaming and scoring modes of play and the developer is has been very busy increasing the H3VR content depth. If you have never handled a rifle of pistol, H3VR can be somewhat daunting, but certainly rewarding.

What is Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades?

Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades uses the Unity Game Engine and will be the fifth GPU-intensive title added to our VR Leaderboard and requires use of an HTC Vive system. H3VR's key features are billed this way by its developer, Rust Ltd., which refers to itself as a digital design studio.

  • Roomscale VR Experience designed for the HTC Vive.

  • Multiple shooting and demolitions ranges from realist to fantastical.

  • Timed challenges with global leaderboards.

  • Accurate simulations of historical, modern and futuristic weapons.

  • Authentic ‘Murican BBQ experience with obsessively detailed grilling simulation.

  • Hot-seat(or hot-headset rather) multiplayer classic lawn games like horseshoes, bocce, lawn darts and more.

  • An detailed rusty scifi world set in a surreal irreverent vision of the future United States of ‘Murica.

  • And whatever other madness we see fit to add!

Well, that is a bit unclear on to what is actually going on, but I have to admit it drew me in. H3VR is an Early Access game available on Steam. I have not stumbled upon the BBQ or bocce ball aspects of the game, and quite frankly, I don't really care.....but I really like shooting guns and have done so for years now.

I have spent around 12 hours inside H3VR. While there are a lot of elements that go beyond firearms, I think that H3VR is probably best thought of as a firearms simulator, at least in its current state. The handgun and rifle models are all very exacting, and the ways in which those firearms work is very rigorous as well. If you are looking to just jump in and play, you are likely going to be left a bit frustrated, even if you are familiar with various firearms. However, Anton Hand, the Rust Ltd. developer that is spearheading the game's development has put together a 40 minute instructional video that I have embedded below. Yeah, 40 minutes. Trust me, H3VR goes a bit beyond, "Press R to reload." The video outlines:

00:30 Basic Controls - 02:36 Touchpad Menu - 06:08 Quickbelt Slots - 07:00 Handguns - 11:08 SMGs and Rifles - 18:49 Shotguns - 23:15 Explosives - 28:12 Weapon - Attachments - 33:45 Multiple Ammo Types

Not only is the functioning of the weapons paid attention to in great detail, Mr. Hand also pays strict attention to ammunition ballistics. For those of you CS:GO players that do not understand what "ballistics" are, this refers to the natural flight of different bullets/projectiles with different amounts of energy propelling those. So if you find yourself on the "Sniper Range" in H3VR, you will not be simply putting your crosshairs on the target 400 meters away and getting a headshot with the AWP.

H3VR is however marching forward with its Early Access status. New play modes have been added lately, from arcade 360 degrees shooter modes, as well as room clearing maps and scenarios. The latest updates, #24 included tons of new rail adapters and guns as well. You can move into warehouses and hunt down killer robots that are hunting you as well.

That all said, when it comes down to brass tacks, H3VR is an incredible firearms simulator. And grenade ski ball is fairly amusing and challenging as well.