Okay. So here’s my review after playing it all weekend.
I’m not sure I’d have been this thrilled with it had I bought it at launch with the paltry amount of games available, but I had no shortage of things to play or watch now. It actually rejuvenated my desire to play games more. I was choosing TV shows over games the last few weeks, but now when I’m not playing VR, I’m thinking about playing in VR. The screendoor effect was super noticeable my first time putting it on, but I barely notice it now. And I have yet to feel queasy or nauseous at all. The gap at the bottom of the headset is insanely noticeable during loading and black screens, but not during actual gameplay which is great. It helps when needing to track down where I set the controller or Move wands, but isn’t intrusive when the screen is filled with images.
Now for the games/experiences I played:
Star Wars Rogue One X-wing Mission: This was my first experience with PSVR (besides the short demo on their tour bus over the summer) and it was AMAZING. I can’t believe that EA and DICE haven’t greenlit a full VR Starfighter game by now. You start up the demo and there’s an AT-AT walking over you. From there, it just gets better. The flying, the aiming, the sounds, the graphics… all were top-notch and I had to play the mission again the following day. This is the demo I will show to all of my friends and family.
The Last Guardian VR Demo: This was my second experience and it was also great. Seeing Trico like that really brought me back to my GOTY 2016. That’s another one I’d show friends and family. I love how a bunch of these things are free.
Hulu VR: Uh, it’s kinda cool, but the videos are so pixelated and janky. I can definitely see a future here where the tech gets better with time, but right now it’s at a very basic level. I did the Jaguar Experience and I’d probably show that to animal lovers, but not really anything to brag about.
Playroom VR: Free and fun. I’ll toy around with it again at some point. It gave me a feel for what the AstroBot game will be like and I’ll buy that soon.
Thumper Demo: Not my thing.
Hyper Void: I got it for free, it’s kinda fun. Not sure how much time I’ll spend with it in the future though.
Trackmania Turbo: Another PS+ game that is fun in short bursts. If you want to feel the Gs, do any track with a loop-de-loop. I didn’t unlock any trophies while in VR mode… is it not possible with this game? I figure with how long I played (and got Golds on the entire first circuit), something would’ve popped.
Day 2 (I hooked up the Move wands for the first time):
Catlateral Damage: I bought this game a long time ago when it was on sale dirt cheap. It was mildly amusing at the time and worth the $2 or whatever. In VR, though, super cool. I mean—for what it is. You’re a cat that has to knock things off shelves and break them, so it’s no Red Dead Redemption 2, but in VR it gave me my first, “oh, crap” moment. I jumped onto a tall bookcase to knock some books down and suddenly I realized I was on the very edge of the case and felt like I was going to fall off. I’m not afraid of heights, but that really tricked me and I had to tell myself that I was standing on a solid floor and there’s no chance of my falling to my death.
Job Simulator Demo: I’m buying this when it’s on sale next. I thought the demo was fun, but I hear it’s not terribly long, so I’ll buy it when it’s cheaper.
Dino Frontier Demo: Not what I was expecting, but a really innovative use of VR. I could see this format working for other strategy-style games like Starcraft or Command and Conquer.
Playstation Worlds Demo: I did the one where it puts you in a cage and lowers you into the ocean. That is also a showpiece and if the actual game ever goes on sale, I’ll buy it just for the shark attack experience.
Starblood Arena: “Free” via PS+. Here’s where I decided to test my stomach. It passed. It reminded me of the old shooter Descent and I could feel the G-force, but not to the point of sending me to Chunderville. I’ll play this again unless RIGS is more fun (I have that waiting for me as well. Thanks, PS+).
YouTube VR: See Hulu VR above. I tried a Skydiving video which was awful because the guy kept moving his head everywhere and a Kayaking over waterfalls video. Neat, but it needs better resolution in the future.
Gary the Gull: Short, good graphics and kinda funny. Worth the download and 3 minutes of your life.
SuperHot VR: SuperFun. But how are my legs THIS sore after playing this yesterday? Oh, yeah. That’s right—I’m SUPER lazy. I almost forgot. So far—next to the X-wing level—this is my favorite VR game.
Bound: I got this via PS+ and had been saving it for if I ever took the plunge into VR. It was worth the wait. Great story and the environments in VR are beautiful. I seriously doubt anyone could complete any of the speedrun trophies in VR, but I played the entire game in one sitting. The camera was tricky, so maybe I’ll turn off the VR safety settings next time to see what that does. I recommend this game if you have PSVR. I even took a screenshot.
Overal it was money well spent and I can’t wait to play the following titles:
Creed (still in the wrapper)
AstroBot Rescue Mission
Job Simulator and Vacation Simulator
Ace Combat 7