A reader is so impressed by PlayStation VR that he admits to being frustrated at having to go back to games on a normal flat screen.
Like many people I grew up with VR being a kind of sci-fi cliché. A technology the seemed constantly on the horizon but caught somewhere between practical reality and impossible fantasy. I remember as a young boy playing some kind of arcade game that had a VR headset controller, although I don’t know what it was called and searching online just brings up a sea of other failed attempts that I never even got to see.
So I’ve always been interested and when the PlayStation VR started getting discounted very heavily during Black Friday I jumped straight in, especially given there’d been a string of very well reviewed games out around that time, especially Astro Bot. (I’d also like to thank GC for it’s consistent VR coverage in terms of reviews, which is much better than even most dedicated game sites, who constantly ignore the subject.)
When the headset arrived from Amazon I’d already downloaded a bunch of free demos and downloadable games such as Batman: Arkham VR and Tethered. The first game I put on was PlayStation VR Worlds, which I’d been told was a good way to acclimatise yourself with the shark cage game.
That was amazing all on its own, even though you don’t do anything but look around (and even now, after playing very many other games and demos it’s still very impressive) and since I didn’t feel any sickness I immediately went on to Astro Bot and… oh my! If you haven’t experienced it then words cannot express what a game changer it is. The game itself is good, even if it is a super blatant clone of Super Mario, but the way the VR changes the experience is incredible. The level where you come up out of the water… just amazing.
From there I tried Batman: Arkham VR (weird story but amazing sense of immersion), Beat Saber (so immersive I ended up butting my head against the wall while ducking – those warning signs aren’t jokes!), The London Heist (cannot wait for Blood & Truth after playing it, the car chase is amazing), Tethered (a great strategy game), and Moss (amazing third person platformer).
Then there was Resident Evil 7 (completely terrifying in a game that previously had not scared me at all), Rez Infinite (incredible mix of music, gameplay, and graphics), and WipEout (almost the best of the lot and it was just a free update!).
The problem is, as the title of the article has presumably given away, is that going back to ordinary games suddenly began to seem like a massive downgrade. Sure, they’re higher resolution on the TV, and wearing the headset all the time can get a bit sweaty and disorientating, but the sense of immersion is just off the charts.
Now I find myself wanting to try even relatively mediocre games as long as they have a VR mode and find myself playing legitimately great games like Resident Evil 2 and just wishing they were in VR (especially coming after Resident Evil 7). I feel like I’ve spoiled myself, which is especially frustrating as it’s obvious big publishers aren’t really going to embrace VR at all, at least not this generation.
But if that means that the PlayStation VR goes down in price even further before its, hopefully, inevitable replacement is announced then I would absolutely recommend it as being well worth my investment. Forget consoles, I think it might be my favourite format of all time!
By reader Staten
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