PlayStation VR Game Reviews – Everybody’s Golf VR

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The Everybody’s Golf series is a staple on the PlayStation, dating all the way back to the original PlayStation in 1997! It was known as Hot Shots Golf at first here in the West, but titles such as Everybody’s Golf VR here and the last few have adopted the same name as what it is called in Japan. I am actually surprised that it took this long for this series to make the jump to the PSVR!

This is not meant to be a simulation-style golf game and I am cool with that. Everybody’s Golf VR is a game that is all about being fun and that is what the series is known for. I have had a lot of fun with this and if you want a more laid back and fun kind of golf game, Everybody’s Golf VR is going to be something ideal for you. It does not take itself seriously and neither should you! Do not go into this expecting it to replace your Sunday afternoon golfing session.

There is a nice number of courses in the game. You have four (unless there are more to unlock) and you can play 3 holes, 9 holes in and out and of course a full 18 holes. You can even play a “mirror” of the courses so this adds to the content. There is a handy practice mode where you can practice your swinging and also your putting. One of the staples of this series is unlockable things for your golfer and there are plenty of things like t-shirts, new clubs and accessories to spruce your golfer up with.

In terms of the gameplay, Everybody’s Golf VR played rather well. They say that it can be played with a Move controller or the DualShock 4 controller. I tried it with both and let me tell you, you cannot play this with a DualShock 4… technically you can, but it is one of the most awkward experiences around. I get that they were trying to make it so you did not require a Move controller to play it, but I hated it. You hold the DualShock 4 sideways and use it as a golf club! The camera really struggles to pick it up so your shots never pan out the way you want.

Thankfully, playing Everybody’s Golf VR with the Move controller works pretty darn well. You just need the one controller and you hold it like you would an actual golf club. It kind of plays like the golf game that is part of Wii Sports. It can pick up your wrists moving and while not perfect, I found the tracking to be pretty good. As this is more of an arcade-style golf game, you do forgive it when the tracking is not 100 percent.

Visually, I found the game to be very easy on the eyes. Everything is nice and colorful which the series is known for. The sense that you are “actually there” is quite well done and turning around to get a full look at your surroundings is really cool. The courses do feel pretty massive when you are standing there getting ready to tee off.

I do feel that they could have had a multiplayer mode in here! You can take turns, switching the VR headset from player to player, but that is not the most convenient thing to do now is it? Just a tad more “modes” as well I think would have really helped too. I am happy with the number of courses and holes in general for you to do, but a couple more modes I think would have been really great.

In all, I think that Everybody’s Golf VR is an excellent entry to the series. It is certainly one of, if not the most fun sports game I have played on the PlayStation VR. I do feel that this is worth checking out. Especially if you want a more fun and arcade kind of sports experiences for your PSVR.

Pros:

The game is a lot of fun

It is very easy to pick up and learn to play

It feels great when you really nail a shot

There are plenty of courses to enjoy

The game looks and sounds great even on a base PS4

Cons:

Playing with the DualShock 4 is really lame

A couple more modes would have been nice

PlayStation VR Game Reviews – Skyrim VR

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Skyrim VR surely has to be the last release for this fantastic fantasy RPG game? I currently own this game four different times, including this version for the PlayStation VR! The big question though is does Skyrim VR for the PSVR offer enough to make it a worthwhile purchase for Sony’s VR headset?

Let me start by saying that if you have played Skyrim on the Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC or anything else… you know what to expect from the story here. This is the exact same story that you have played through before. As a result of this, I must admit sitting in that cart at the very start of the game felt like it took an age. That is of course until I started looking around and I saw how while the same this VR version of Skyrim was going to be a different kind of experience.

You can play this with the DualShock 4 controller, but I played it with the PlayStation Move controllers. In all honesty with you guys, if you have any other version of Skyrim already. Unless you have the Move controllers, you are really not getting the most out of this PSVR version of the game. The Move controllers work wonderfully well (so does the DS4 to be fair) and they make for a more immersive experience.

One of the things that I really liked about this game was that during the tutorial section of the game. You get to see just how much you can tinker with the settings. You can pretty much set the settings to how you like your VR to be. So, no matter if VR usually makes you motion sick, Skyrim VR for the PSVR will have a setting that you can tweak to help you combat this.

For me personally, in my VR experiences, I like to be able to move around as normal. Yes, it can make me a tad motion sick, but I feel it offers the most immersive experience. Moving around in Skyrim is nice and smooth and I noticed no blurring or anything like that. I would say that it looks just as good as the enhanced version of Skyrim that Bethesda released on PS4 a few years back.

The combat is what really makes the game a ton of fun! Playing with the PS Move controllers is awesome. Actually, raising your shield to block with one of them and then swinging your other hand to strike makes you feel like some kind of warrior like Conan! It controls very well and even using magic feels great! I really cannot praise them enough for how well this game controls. I actually went around looking for tons of fights, not just to get loot, but because they were so much fun.

This is a good thing as the story is the same as it has always been. So, in this regard, I did not exactly pay a lot of attention to what was going on as I had heard it all before. That is not to say the story in Skyrim VR is bad and I am sure if this is your first time playing it. You will love the fantasy epic that it is.

Skyrim VR for the PlayStation 4 is a fun time. While in theory, it is the same Skyrim you have probably already played. The move to VR works very well and it is one of the most immersive VR experiences I have had with my PSVR. This game tends to go for a very cheap price so it is worth picking up. Just one warning though, make sure you actually get the version that says Skyrim VR! This is not an add on for the standard Skyrim for PS4 it is its very own game.

Pros:

Great use of the PlayStation Move controllers

You feel like you are in this world

It offers tons of content

Plenty of quests to do and loot to score

Skyrim really is a classic

Cons:

The story is the same!

Not as immersive with the Dual Shock 4

PlayStation VR Game Reviews – Beat Saber

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Beat Saber on PlayStation VR is a game that I have spent a lot of time with. Actually, I have spent a ton of time with the Oculus Quest and Oculus Go versions of Beat Saber too and I always have a great time. This PSVR version we are looking at today is a truly great game and one that is a really essential purchase if you have a PSVR setup.

One thing that I have to make clear right away is that Beat Saber on the PS4 requires not just the PSVR headset, you MUST have the PlayStation Move controllers as well. This is a game that does not support the DualShock 4 in any way. Before you start complaining. I must admit that I do not actually think that Beat Saber would work or at least be as much fun as it is if you did play with a standard controller.

So, what is the point in Beat Saber? Well, the idea is that you have two sabers in your hand. Each one is a different color and the idea is that you need to slash these boxes that are hurtling towards you in time to the song. While in theory, this sounds like something that is very easy. It is actually quite challenging as the boxes will have arrows on them and this dictates the way you need to slash them. This along with walls, boxes moving on you and so on makes for a frantic and challenging experience.

Beat Saber is one of the most addictive games on the PSVR. It comes with a ton of great songs for you to play with, but there are some DLC packs you can purchase. I have not purchased any of the PSVR DLC packs and still feel that there are more than enough songs for you to play with. There is a fun “campaign” and you can make songs harder, use just one saber and so on as well.

One thing that I really love about Beat Saber is the presentation. Not only is the soundtrack awesome and gets you pumped up. I love the light show that you get with each song you do as it makes you feel like you are a conductor at some epic concert. It looks amazing and so far, I would not really say that there is any difference in the visuals of any of the versions of Beat Saber I have played. What is kind of different though is the controls.

Beat Saber for the PlayStation VR is a great game and when it works it works flawlessly. However, I have had control issues with this version of Beat Saber that I have not with the others. Some times it is like one of the controllers will freak out and go all crazy, turning the Move Controller off and back on does usually fix this. Still, it is annoying when it happens, especially when you want to just have a quick session.

I think that Beat Saber for PSVR is a fantastic game. The controller issues happen less frequently than my complaining may have suggested to be fair. I really do think that this is a game that all PSVR owners need to check out as it really is an awesome time!

Pros:

The game has an amazing soundtrack

Plenty of songs are included with the base package

The visuals are awesome

It is one of the most addictive PSVR games

You can alter the challenge to suit your skill level

Cons:

The PS Move Controllers can freak out on you

I wish they would add more “free” songs