If you have dreams of visiting the age of the dinosaurs, virtual reality will likely give you the closest chance you'll get in your lifetime. According to The Verge, one of the newest pieces of media to combine VR and time travel is Time Machine, a game that transports players to the year 155 million BCE.
The game doesn't begin in the past, but 17 years in the future, in the year 2033. Melting polar ice caps are unleashing a deadly, ancient virus onto the world's population, and it's your job to go back in time and search for clues for a cure. This leads to plenty of opportunities to come face-to-face with some ferocious prehistoric marine life.
You'll encounter aquatic reptiles like the pliosaurus, ophthalmosaurus, and dakosaurus and the giant mollusk titanites. According to The Verge, the creatures depicted in the game stay surprisingly true to their scientific depictions. The game lets you float among with them while simultaneously trying to avoid getting eaten alive. There's even an option to briefly pause time and get an up-close-and-personal view of the extinct beasts.
If you'd prefer to hang out with massive, land-roaming dinosaurs instead, virtual reality can help you out with that, too. In a 4-minute VR video released earlier this year, Sir David Attenborough introduces viewers to the largest dinosaur ever discovered, the Titanosaur. It's a slightly calmer experience than the science fiction world of Time Machine. Owners of a Rift or VIVE headset can download the new game from Steam for $30.
[h/t The Verge]
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