SEATTLE – When you think of genres that work really well in virtual reality, a few immediately spring to mind: shooters, racers, simulations and perhaps adventure games. Real-time strategy is probably not near the top of that list, and yet if Brass Tactics is any indication, it’s a surprisingly good fit. This RTS comes from some of the veteran developers behind Age of Empires II, and its pedigree shows in both its solid mechanics and its visual polish.

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I played Brass Tactics at PAX West 2017. While it’s the second time I’ve gone hands-on with the title, it’s the first time I got to play through the game’s tutorial and its single-player skirmish mode. Playing a real-time strategy with the Oculus VR touch controllers isn’t quite as intuitive as using a mouse and keyboard, but the tradeoff is a completely immersive play area, which is its own reward.

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