There is a good reason that so many PlayStation VR packages include Astro Bot Rescue Mission. This is one of the best showcases of what the PSVR can do and it is also one of the most fun VR games that you will ever play. It manages to make great use of virtual reality technology. However, at the same time, this is a game that is actually a ton of fun to play as well.
It is crazy to think that those little robots that Sony introduced in their Playroom have become stars in their own right thanks to Astro Bot Rescue Mission. The story of the game is that you as the player need to help Captain Astro travel to different worlds in order to rescue all of the missing members of his crew. It is a pretty solid challenge as the game features five different worlds and 20 levels for you to explore. There are also boss battles and different challenges as well. I do wish that there were more worlds and levels, but to be fair that is only because the game is so much fun to play.
What I love about Astro Bot Rescue Mission is that it is not “forcing” the VR technology. This is just a fantastic game. It is a 3D platform style game and I think that in between Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D World is the best way to describe the game. Captain Astro controls fantastic well and you as the player can use the PSVR to look around corners to find hidden members of his crew and places to go. You can even headbutt stuff and dodge out of the way.
Above all else, Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a 3D platformer at heart, it just so happens to be set in a VR world. The platforming feels great and having to change your viewing angle so you can get a better look at a jump is neat. Captain Astro can punch and do a very handy spinning attack if you charge the punch. While getting to the end of the level is how you “beat it” you need to find the missing crew members on each level. These are sometimes hidden right in front of your eyes and other times you need to be a bit cleverer in tracking them down.
Captain Astro can also find “upgrades” these are called gadgets and can give him new abilities. These are the hook shot, shuriken, water gun, magic light, tight rope, slingshot, and gun. Each one is handy in its own way and they kind of work in a similar way to how Mario can use his power-ups to get through a level. I think that there is a nice number of upgrades for Captain Astro to get and using these can result in some very clever puzzles for you to solve, which usually result in you rescuing one of your missing crew members.
Astro Bot Rescue Mission is a truly amazing game. Not just counting the PlayStation VR, but all VR devices I have used. I would have to say that this is one of the best VR games I have ever had the pleasure to play. Without a doubt this is a must own game if you have a PSVR and if you plan on getting a PSVR, I really feel that this needs to be one of the first games you try out.
It has a ton of charm
The best 3D platformer you can play in VR
Some very clever uses of VR
Captain Astro can use different upgrades
The game offers a very nice amount of challenge
I do wish there were more worlds
A couple more boss battles would have been nice too