I have heard of the D-Box motion seats a while back when I was scouting for more advance techs in movies. Was very happy to learn that GSC was happy to pick this up and launch it alongside Guardians of the Galaxy.
Being one of the first people to go through the whole movie on the highest settings (There's 4 of it and an off switch.), allow me to show what it actually means first.
Now then, lets get to the 2 experiences that I had
The D-Box Demo Reel
This Demo Reel, was, WONDERFUL. It did set some of the expectations on how Guardians will feel like. But it was a mix of scenes where you sit in an F1 car (Would have loved to watch Rush with this), a fighter jet (give me Top Gun or How To Train Your Dragon please!), a roller coaster, and finally ejecting from the plane's seat into space.
The feeling is remarkable. With the vibrations, and the seats turning left and right in the car, and the simulation of the speed in a fighter jet with its hard rights and lefts, along with riding in a roller coaster while going down the rails, the simulations are, in my opinion, 75% accurate to the real feeling. I mean, I don't really know how it really feels to be in those things, but hey, at least it does help give the expectations.
I do like the last bits when the "audience" was launched into space. The seat will then smoothly and comfortably make us feel as if we're floating in mid air in Zero G. My girlfriend recommended that I lift my feet off if I want to have the full immersion experience. I kinda agree.
So, for immersive levels, yes, this brings the whole experience to a new level.
On the downside, during the demo reel, the people at the front have NO IDEA what the hell is going on. So for those of you in Hall 3 during the Atmos D-Box sessions, feel free to look back during the demo reel, to see how WONDERFUL it is to be rocking in that seat. hahaha.
On Guardians of The Galaxy
Now that we're done with the Appetizer, lets head into the main course.
Does D-Box work wonderfully with this movie? DAMN RIGHT IT DOES. I can't think of another experience which can top this (Although, would love to watch How To Train Your Dragon with this seat) especially with this movie. The next 2 incoming ones? Not sure if Lucy is that worth it (maybe during car chases), but Into the Storm feels promising (What with the wind and all).
Now back to the movie. The seat doesn't move all the time. During quiet dialogue moments, it stays silence. So you can relax a bit from the intensity of scenes.
but when the dogfights starts, it makes you feel as if you're Rocket commanding the ship during the scene at Knowhere. This scene alone wins. There's plenty of standout scenes (Especially the one with Groot) that makes you feel either you are the characters, or the bad guys being punished.
There is however one part that I didn't really fully enjoy (I still like it, but it felt weird): The hand to hand combat scenes. not that I don't like how Gamora was kicking ass against Nebula. But there were some moments where I liked (getting punched in the right direction, made the seat go right and back) and then there was some that I didn't (Throwing empty punches let me into weird directions, along with parries where the THUMP feeling came out).
but you won't regret being abducted by the Ravagers (At the start where Peter gets taken), or the dogfights, along with the final act.
Would I recommend this to people? Yes. Is it for everyone? NO. I don't believe that. There will be moments where you feel the vibration can get annoying. It wasn't for me. At all. Another issue that you would want to consider is finding the right movie to make you feel the immersion is there. And to make that extra RM 15 worth it. But I'm certain, for movies like Star Wars, or even Guardians, it will feel great. I probably would like to try the seat if Iron Man 3 was replayed, only to see how great it feels to have the armor attach to Tony in his Mark 42.
If anything, the endless imaginative me has been reignited. if you haven't watched Guardians yet, you may have the best option available to you now. Sorry IMAX 3D (Or even 3D in general), you didn't win this time.
This post has been edited by Kyoyagami: Dec 17 2015, 06:25 PM