Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse? Do you think you could take them down and survive, or do you know you’d be the one in your friendship group who would be the first to fall? Who would be the unexpected assassin in your crew?
You now have a way to answer these age-old questions that people fight about everywhere from playgrounds to pubs – and the great news is, you can do it all without actually risking your life or facing the end of the world.
One of Sydney’s popular attractions, Hyper Karting at The Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park, now offers Hyper Reality; a first of its kind VR gaming experience including the zombie-focused ‘Death Squad’.
In Death Squad, you team up with your pals or other players to survive against the undead horde as they swarm your base. You earn money to unlock new areas and buy powerful weapons, and, of course, kill zombies.
When Rolling Stone AU/NZ visited the virtual offering this month, a group of kids who had just taken on the zombies left the arena screaming “That was so realistic!” – which was both comforting, and a little concerning.
So how does it all work?
The 10 metre x 10 metre VR arena is free roam, with no cords attached to the roof or to any of the software or hardware. There are sensors on the floor which track players’ movements, which are then mimicked in the game.
The 15-minute games are accessible for those aged eight and up, and it’s also equipped for corporate battles for two to eight people.
If zombies aren’t your thing, you can have one-on-one battles with a friend (or foe) in the Player vs. Player games. Choose between Free-For-All, Team Deathmatch, Archery, King of the Hill or Battle Royale.
Or, there’s Kitchen Panic, where you can cook your favourite (virtual) dishes, challenge your cooking skills and perfect the chef’s recipes. You have to get it done before the customer runs out of patience, but you can ease the tension by throwing ingredients at your teammates.