“Every time I play Phantom, I come away more and more convinced we haven’t just got a modestly entertaining and novel approach to VR stealth here, but a genuine contender for the genre’s best entry yet.” —UploadVR“While the kayak part sounds just a little ridiculous, it’s actually a genius bit of VR design which affords the game an immersive locomotion and interaction system that has huge potential. ... Phantom: Covert Ops feels like a serious game for serious gamers, rather than a casual title for VR first-timers.” —Road to VR
“... the stealthy gameplay is satisfying, the shooting is fun, and it’s just nice to see another example of VR developers thinking outside of the box and bringing us an original take on a decades old genre.” —Eurogamer
“Phantom: Covert Ops really is about stealth more than big gun action, and that’s due to the kayak. ... thought has to be put into each scenario and action.” —VRFocus
It was incredible to see how frequently military operations have made use of kayaks from World War II all the way through to present day and how little of this we had seen in other games—the idea of bringing something new and fresh to fans of the military and stealth-action genres was really exciting!
“Sit in a chair in real life, sit in a kayak in the game. It removes a layer of disconnect between perceived movement and actual player movement that’s been one of the major goals in VR gaming.” —Hardcore Gamer
“Totally wacky premise. Totally fun game. Feels great in VR and is extremely comfortable to play, since you’re sitting down in real life and in the game and you’re moving at the speed of a paddled boat.” —Kotaku“Phantom Covert Ops is VR Splinter Cell in a kayak.” —Engadget
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