Every Star Wars fan has a bucket list of things they would want to do in the Star Wars universe. Everyone wants to wield a lightsaber. Everyone wants to check out the Mos Eisley Cantina. And most importantly, everyone wants to fly their very own X-Wing. We've had the opportunity to fly them in a few video games, such as Battlefront II and Rogue Squadron, but with modern technology we finally have our best experience yet!
With the upcoming December release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Verizon and ILMxLab have gifted us with Rogue One: Recon, a 360 virtual reality experience that you can check out with your phones.
Check it out right here:
In Rogue One: Recon, you get to sit in the cockpit of an X-Wing while flying on a reconnaissance mission. Mere seconds into the mission, you start to pick up Imperial chatter on your comm system, and you are sent to investigate. After a thrilling jump through hyperspace you run into giant Star Destroyers, TIE Fighters, and a massive Death Star in the middle of construction.
You are forced to dodge laser fire from all directions as you attempt to send your findings back to Mon Mothma and the rest of the Rebellion back on Yavin 4. Even though you get to shoot down a couple TIE Fighters, the experience ends with your X-Wing being shot down.
The attention to detail in Rogue One: Recon is incredible. As soon as it starts off, you can look inside the cockpit of your very own X-Wing to inspect every little flashing light, every bright yellow button, and every little screen on all sides of you. Even if you look straight down, you can check out the details of your familiar orange and white jumpsuit of an X-Wing pilot.
Make sure to listen to the video with headphones on, because the audio quality in the Recon experience is exciting to say the least. Hearing the TIE Fighters fly straight towards you with that iconic roaring sound makes you wish you could control the turrets to shoot them down.
When the Rogue One movie trailers first came out, fans and critics alike praised the scale of the movie. That scene where the rebels run out right towards the towering AT-ATs made thousands of jaws drop, as we got to see them in an entirely new light after the Battle of Hoth. That same sense of scale was used in Rogue One: Recon.
As soon as you come out of hyperspace, you sail right underneath a Star Destroyer before you get to feast your eyes upon the majesty of the Death Star. Sure, they looked pretty big in the original trilogy, but when you are in the seat of an X-Wing pilot, it really puts things in perspective.
The events of Rogue One: Recon seem like they might take place just before the events of the actual Rogue One movie, especially since the trailers show Mon Mothma already knowing about the Death Star. Could it be that Recon is a prequel to the prequel of A New Hope? Or is the experience a peek at one of the earlier scenes of the movie? We'll have to wait until December 16 to find out!
The experience is only about a minute and a half long, but all of the action and stunning visuals surrounding you gets you absolutely immersed in the Star Wars universe. Go ahead and try the experience out for yourself. And then try it again, and again, and before you know it, December will be upon us!
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