In these modern times there is more than one way to experience reality. You can enjoy the thrills and spills
of almost any activity, no matter how
terrifying or wild, by simply donning on a
simple piece of headgear and escaping into
virtual reality (VR)
For those who are new to the term, VR
is a computer-generated scenario that
simulates a real experience, meaning that
no matter what the situation is that you fnd
yourself in, none of it is real. The concept
goes all the way back to the mid-1980s
and has since evolved from the eye-soreinducing headgear of then to the over-sized
goggle-like contraptions of today.
There are many uses to VR then with
a majority including training exercises
but perhaps the most use that's been
made of it yet is for its entertainment
aspect; so popular in fact that it led to
Emaar Entertainment, the leisure and
entertainment subsidiary of Emaar
Properties, to launch VR Park in The Dubai
Offering a combination of virtual and
augmented reality experiences through
over 20 attractions, the VR Park is a virtual
world for all ages, spanning 7,000 square
metres over two levels. It focuses on the
concept of 'shared escapism' with many
of the attractions featuring multi-player
experiences, allowing virtual interactions
with friends and family.
Every inch of the place is designed to
immerse you in the action, from the
realistic designs to engaging every sense
possible ranging from sounds to smells to
feels. The interactives offered include:
King Kong has nothing on you as you
don on the persona of Big Mike, a giant
weaponised cybernetic ape fghting for its
freedom from its creator atop a skyscraper.
While the experience starts with a breathtaking view of the fctional Cavendish City,
your peace is soon interrupted as lab
drones (read: battle bots) descend upon
An ally, Doctor Plant, is there to help
though! Listen closely to her instructions if
you wish to survive this ordeal, keep your
wits about you, and you may just ape-walk
into the proverbial sunset.
Featuring the exclusive PresenZ movie
format, this attraction gives users a taste
of how next generation CGI movies will
allow visitors to explore how future VR
interactions will be as you step into a
detailed world and come face-to-face with
its virtual characters.
John Wick Chronicles
Grab hold of your MP5 and transform into
iconic hitman, John Wick, as you step into the
world of hired guns. Your frst mission is at the
Continental Hotel, do you dare accept it?
Climb aboard a futuristic Jeep and embark
on a fve-minute hair-raising journey through
the desert as you encounter camel spiders,
scorpions, snakes and other desert nasties.
OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead –
Horror, action and storytelling come together
as you step into the world of The Walking
. The apocalypse has hit, Walkers roam
the streets, and you and your team are stuck in
an undead-infested hospital.
PAYDAY: The VR Heist
Time to be the bad guy this time, and what
better way to wet your feet as a criminal than
to pull off a bank heist? Get the full robber
experience as you fght cops and loot vaults,
teaming up with friends as you take on jobs
throughout Washington DC.
Hey, even virtual money is better than no
The Mummy Prodigium Strike
Play an exciting and pivotal scene from
Universal Studios’ 2017 flm, The Mummy, as
a Prodigium Agent tasked with capturing the
ancient princess Ahmanet. As the Mummy
grows in power, you must fght for your life
and your team from a helicopter above and
the ground below, battling hordes of ravens,
spiders and, of course, the undead.
Unique to this experience, StarVR
enables players to hold a physically
accurate gun (AR-15), not a cheap
controller mimicking the tactile feeling.
Something strange is lurking in the
swamp and it’s up to you and your
friends to investigate the infestation
of supernatural creeps. A fourplayer experience where teamwork
is paramount, you will venture deep
into the heart of the swamp, selecting
weapons and employing tactics to
combat your outer-worldly adversaries.
With enemies emerging from the
shoreline, the water, and the sky, it’ll
take all four players to make it through
the swamp safely. With a fre-fghting
aspect involved, you'll be feeling the
heat in this one.
The VR Park then is guaranteed
to offer a frantic, fast-paced, and
addicting environment with plenty more
Most of the immersive journeys
available are provided by Starbreeze
Studios, the creators of the panoramic
StarVR headset. With support for
a 210-degree feld of view and a 5k
resolution, the device provides some of
the clearest VR experiences today.
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