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Arizona Sunshine 2 - VR Zombie Shooter

Game released Dec 07, 2023

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Arizona Sunshine 2

Pedro reviews Arizona Sunshine 2
Review by: Pedro
Posted on: Oct 27, 0023
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Genre and headset compatibility

Arizona Sunshine 2 is a VR action horror - first person shooter game developed by Vertigo Games. Available on the Quest, Quest 2, Meta Quest 3, Meta Quest Pro, HTC Vive, Valve Index, Windows Mixed Reality and PlayStation VR headsets. The game fully supports handheld VR controllers. The game contains extreme violence.

ARC: 18+

Game Modes: Online Co-op, Multiplayer, Single User

Supported Languages: English, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), French (France), German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish (Mexico)

Game length: Expect about 4-7 hours of gameplay

Install Size: 42.6 GB (disc space required)

Arizona Sunshine 2: A Sizzling Sequel in the World of Undead VR

For those who trekked through the undead-infested landscapes of the first game, Arizona Sunshine 2 feels like a homecoming of sorts. The game retains the essence of what made the original so beloved while introducing fresh elements that keep the experience exciting.

Our dark-humored protagonist, often referred to as the 'Lone Survivor,' returns to guide us through the chaos once again. The familiar, witty banter and humorous remarks provide a welcome contrast to the grim surroundings. The Lone Survivor's personality shines through as we journey deeper into the post-apocalyptic narrative.

A Familiar, Yet Refreshing Journey

In the scorching heart of the Arizona desert, where the sun beats down mercilessly and the undead roam freely, a new chapter unfolds. Vertigo Games, the creators of the acclaimed VR zombie shooter Arizona Sunshine, have returned with Arizona Sunshine 2. As a devoted fan of the original, I couldn't be more excited to dive into this highly anticipated sequel and share my experiences with you.

Imminent danger. 'Freds' approaching

Buddy: Your Loyal Companion

One of the standout features of Arizona Sunshine 2 is the addition of a loyal companion, a faithful canine named 'Buddy.' This furry ally joins you on your perilous odyssey through the zombie-infested wasteland, providing camaraderie and invaluable assistance when you need it most. Buddy isn't just an endearing addition; he's an essential partner, aiding you in navigation and combat.

Buddy attacking a zombie

Weapons of Annihilation

While the original Arizona Sunshine offered an array of weaponry, Arizona Sunshine 2 takes it up a notch. Prepare to wield a flamethrower, a weapon that rains fiery destruction upon hordes of 'Freds' (the protagonist's whimsical term for zombies). The thrill of controlling this inferno-spewing beast and witnessing zombies crumble in fiery agony adds a new layer of excitement to the gameplay.

In addition to the flamethrower, players have access to an expanded arsenal of melee weapons, including machetes. The close-quarters combat has been refined to provide a more realistic and visceral experience. Engaging in hand-to-hand combat with the undead feels intense, and the improved blood and gore system makes every encounter satisfyingly grisly.

Engaging in hand-to-hand combat

Familiar yet Enhanced Gameplay

The core gameplay of Arizona Sunshine 2 retains the first-person VR action-horror formula that fans love. You'll still be exploring the sun-soaked Arizona desert, fighting off hordes of zombies, and solving puzzles to progress. However, the enhanced graphics and sound design elevate the immersion to a new level. The detailed environments, coupled with the improved realism in combat, make every moment in Arizona Sunshine 2 feel authentic and engaging.

Cooperative Carnage

Much like its predecessor, Arizona Sunshine 2 offers players the option to embark on this harrowing adventure solo or team up with friends via online co-op play. The introduction of Buddy and the expanded weapon choices create thrilling opportunities for cooperative carnage. Sharing the thrill of battling 'Freds' with friends enhances the experience.

The Heat is On

As I ventured into Arizona Sunshine 2, I couldn't help but appreciate how Vertigo Games took the lessons learned from 'After the Fall' and applied them here. While 'After the Fall' offered (somewhat) breathtaking graphics, it faced challenges on release, including linear gameplay and other issues. Arizona Sunshine 2 appears to have learned from these experiences, offering players the best of both worlds – stunning visuals and improved gameplay mechanics.

Battling the 'Freds'


As of now, Arizona Sunshine 2 has been officially released, and it's ready for VR enthusiasts to experience. For fans of the original and VR gaming aficionados in general, the wait is finally over.

In conclusion, Arizona Sunshine 2 is a sizzling sequel that captures the essence of the original while injecting fresh life into the undead VR adventure. The inclusion of Buddy, the flamethrower, and enhanced melee combat add exciting dimensions to the gameplay. With stunning graphics and the return of our darkly humorous protagonist, this sequel is a must-play for VR gamers. The Arizona desert beckons once more, teeming with 'Freds' and new adventures to conquer.

The Positives

Arizona Sunshine 2 unfolds as an exhilarating adventure, especially when paired with a capable PC and VR setup. Ideally, the Meta Quest 3 or HP Reverb headset is the perfect match for a game of this caliber. With hours of gameplay and abundant replayability, particularly in Co-op mode, it's a title that keeps you engaged for the long haul.

The introduction of Buddy, your faithful companion, was a masterstroke. He seamlessly assists you, adding depth to the gameplay experience. The flamethrower and machete, while diverting from traditional firearms, offer an enjoyable alternative. Ammo scarcity forces you to embrace these unconventional weapons, adding an exciting layer of strategy to your encounters.

The game's physics, map design, and cinematic sequences are nothing short of exceptional. These elements align perfectly with the developer's promises, resulting in a nearly flawless experience. Occasional glitches, though minor, are hardly worth mentioning in the grand scheme of things.

Arizona Sunshine 2 proudly holds the title of the best VR zombie shooter to date. Its immersive gameplay, combined with a gripping narrative, solidifies its position as a must-play title for enthusiasts of the genre. If you have a penchant for thrilling zombie shooter games, Arizona Sunshine 2 will undoubtedly become an undead delight in your gaming collection.

What About DLC?

As for downloadable content (DLC) for Arizona Sunshine 2, details remain undisclosed for now. We'll have to keep an eye out for any updates from Vertigo Games. However, it's worth noting that the developers, Vertigo Games, did release two expansion packs for the prequel:

  1. The Damned DLC priced at £4.99
  2. Deadman DLC from available for just £2.09

Damned and Deadman DLC expansion packs

Both of these DLC packs can now be conveniently acquired in the 'Deluxe Edition Bundle,' which costs approximately £28.00. These expansions, when added to the original game, extend the gameplay by roughly three hours. To access them, simply purchase and install them through Steam within the game.

You can find 'The Damned DLC' and 'Deadman DLC' on the Steam Store for your gaming enjoyment.

Which Headset Did I Use?

I embarked on my journey through Arizona Sunshine 2 using the HP Reverb G2 headset, and the experience was nothing short of exceptional. Almost every aspect of the game functioned flawlessly, and the visual fidelity was remarkably vibrant and crisply detailed. The HP Reverb G2 proved to be an ideal companion for this thrilling adventure, delivering a somewhat immersive VR experience.

System Requirements

To fully savor the undead mayhem of Arizona Sunshine 2, it's essential to ensure your system meets the recommended requirements. The game developer recommends an operating system of Windows 10 - 64bit. Your PC should boast a minimum of an Intel i7-9700K or Ryzen 7 3700 equivalent or greater processor, ensuring smooth gameplay.

Memory-wise, a minimum of 16 GB of RAM is necessary to handle the game's demanding environments and intense encounters. Graphics processing power comes courtesy of an NVIDIA GTX 2070 / RX 5700 XT equivalent or greater, guaranteeing you witness the game's stunning visuals in all their glory.

DirectX 12 support is a must, as it enhances the graphical fidelity and realism of the Arizona desert and its zombie inhabitants. To accommodate the game and its immersive world, make sure you have at least 30 GB of available storage space (SSD required).

Furthermore, a Meta or SteamVR account is required, along with a compatible VR headset. These elements come together to provide an unforgettable VR experience in Arizona Sunshine 2. So, ensure your system meets these requirements to plunge headfirst into this gripping zombie shooter.


  • Shooting and loading mechanics
  • Co-op in full campaign mode
  • Buddy, the dog
  • Blood and gore mechanics
  • Flame thrower/Mele weapons
  • Play with up to four players in horde mode
  • Beautiful Scenery and level design


  • Lack of depth when playing in horde mode
  • Crafting is a stressful process
  • Swapping weapons from hand to hand
  • Limited checkpoints
  • Occasional crashes and glitches
  • Clunky throwing mechanics
  • Lack of ammo

Patch 1.1 for Arizona Sunshine 2. Released 20th Dec 2023

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