One of my favorite PSVR demos was The London Heist, especially the part where you use a weapon to shoot through a car window to take down other people on the road. Now RacetronicVR is kind of a similar idea, but now you have to control the hover car as well as shoot down obstacles on the road. RacetronicVR is a time trail hover car racing game with full tracked motion controller support. This racing game was developed exclusively for virtual reality. You use the two Vive controllers, one controller is used to steer the vehicle while the second controller is used for eliminating obstacles. This is a great example of how to put the HTC Vive's tracked motion controllers to a good use in a game.
The graphics are really simple with geometric looking shapes, so don't expect any The London Heist quality visuals here. That being said, I've played so many great looking games in my love that really suck and as long as the gameplay is fun and entertaining, I'm in. I actually liked being in space and having the main focus on the track and the objective, rather being distracted by a more complex scene. It's not that I wouldn't prefer a more exotic setting, but it shouldn't heavily impact the overall gameplay experience in my opinion.
Racetronic VR plays in first-person cockpit perspective. You are inside the car and you can see the track timer and the lap number. The goal of the game is to finish the track as fast as possible and become the RacetronicVR Champion. The game features 4 galactic tracks with many obstacles, power-ups, secrets and power-ups that you can use to finish the track faster. The game uses Steam Leaderboards, so your high score is saved each time and you can see how your highest score compared to other players playing this game from all around the world.
I think that the core gameplay idea is superb and I think more developers should look into how to develop games for HTC Vive that use the controllers in a more interesting and innovative way. There are a lot of possibilities out there, and RacetronicVR is a good example of utilizing the VR technologies to create fun and immersive games.
RacetronicVR coming December 2016 for the HTC Vive via Steam.