Avengers: Damage Control – A VOID VR Experience

Would you like to join the Avengers?

Avengers: Damage Control, puts you in the middle of the action – literally.  The VOID’s newest virtual reality simulation has you don armor even better than Tony Stark could make.  A blend of Wakandan technology and Tony Stark genius, Shuri has put together a suit for you and your company to help out the Avengers when danger arises.  After logging in at the entrance, you are briefed by Shuri about your armor and what you can expect.  Apparently, Wakanda now has access to StarkTech and has created a hybrid between Stark’s Iron Man suit and the Black Panther’s armor which YOU are now about to control.

After donning the VR gear, you are brought to Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum where you are briefed about your mission.  Being the first day, we knew there would be glitches and sure enough, something was wonky with our audio and for me with the visual.  It was difficult to understand exactly what was going on, but apparently Ultron was back and the Avengers needed our help.  Along the way, we met up with Ant-Man and The Wasp, The Incredible Hulk, War Machine, and Spider-Man also.  Not sure if any other actors lent their voice to the project, but CNN confirmed that those were the voices of Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Rudd, and Evangeline Lilly.

Evangeline Lilly and Paul Rudd share some banter as their superhero counterparts The Wasp and Ant-Man

Event: Avengers: Damage Control
Type: A virtual reality experience
Location: The VOID at Downtown Disney in Anaheim (and other locations across the country)
Cost: $39.95 per person / limit party of four
Craig’s Favorite: Getting to fire repulsor rays from my hand and getting my name on my armor

The view from within the armor – there is a heads up display showing power levels in the upper right corner (off screen)

Even with the glitches, this experience (while expensive) was worth every penny.  Lasting nearly 20 minutes, Avengers: Damage Control is convincing.  You feel like Iron Man (especially with the gear you put on, it’s like donning armor) and you can even fire repulsor rays just like Tony Stark.  Not only that, but you feel like you’re part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which if you’re a fan is pretty intense.  The coolness factor of wearing the armor is pretty cool, too.  You can tell each other apart not just from the color coded armor, but each suit has your name on it!  Plus, you do get to choose from two different styles of armor and multiple color choices.  At one point, you board an aircraft, but here’s where it gets cool.  I decided to explore the next room while everyone else was standing in the first room and at some point our vehicle split in two and I was able to pilot my own pod!  Pretty sophisticated VR.

What you look like in the hybrid Iron Man / Wakandan armor

The only downside other than the glitches was the long battle at the end.  The battle itself was cool if not a little repetitive (what do you have to do to beat Ultron?), but you are also crowded into a pretty small space.  All four of you are almost fighting for position to find a place to do battle.  There are plenty of bad guys to shoot at so no problems there, but the platform your team is on is pretty tight.  Also, if you have more than four friends, you’ll have to split up.  The VR can only handle groups of four and since it’s so popular, you’ll never go alone.  Be prepared to share.  Avengers: Damage Control is only available for a limited time and spaces are running out fast so book your experience today.

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