PlayStation VR Game Reviews – A Fisherman’s Tale

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Even though A Fisherman’s Tale for PlayStation VR has fishing in the title, you do not actually do any fishing in this game. Instead, it is a first-person puzzle game that has a rather mind bending perspective and a charming story that really does suck you in. Having already spent some time with the Oculus Rift version of the game, I was very excited to try my hands with the PSVR version.

In the game, you play as this puppet of a fisherman who lives in a lighthouse. You want to make your way to the top of the lighthouse to turn it on. There is this really awesome narrator who talks through the game and tells you the story and so on and it is done very well. The story has a real charm and kind of storybook style to it and I loved that. The fact that the narrator sounds French also adds a little bit of whimsy to the game which I really liked. The story while not sounding all that interesting in a review, I can tell you does suck you in and throw some surprises your way.

I would say that A Fisherman’s Tale for the PlayStation VR is one of the most fun puzzle games I have played. You play the game from a first person point of view and most of the puzzles are rather simple at first. The big “gimmick” of the game is that there is a smaller version and a much larger version of yourself and what you do in the “normal” setting can alter what happens in the other two. I understand that this sounds like it would be confusing and kind of a mess to deal with, but it works very well. I actually like how when you are clearly stuck on something, the narrator will give you a little nudge in the right direction.

Now, you do need PlayStation Move Controllers to play this game. That is because each one is like an extension of your hand. The game is designed so that you do not need a ton of space and that is always a good thing when you are using Move Controllers. I like the way that they make up for this by allowing you to press a button which will then make your hands reach further out, this saves you having to move closer to the camera and I found that it worked pretty darn well. There are some strange collision detection problems here and there, but you do get used to them and figure out where you can and cannot go.

There is no free moving around in the game. Instead, you teleport to the location you want to go to. I found that this worked pretty well for this game and it will also help those of you who do have trouble with motion sickness. My main gripe with the game is the fact that you can get through it in just a couple of hours. It is so much fun, that I really wish there was at least one more chapter for me to enjoy. Still, I do feel that this is the kind of game you would probably play through a couple of times.

I really did enjoy my time with A Fisherman’s Tale on the PlayStation VR. I would say it is just as good as the Oculus Go version and the Move Controllers actually work very well with it. While the game is a little short, it is a charming and fun experience and one that I am sure will be on many best PSVR games of 2019 lists.

Pros:

I really enjoyed the setting

The game has a kind of storybook feel to it

The narrator is awesome

The Move Controllers actually work very well.

It is a very memorable experience

Cons:

The game is on the short side

The collision detection can be annoying some times

PlayStation VR Game Reviews – Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown

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I went into Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown thinking it would be just another RTS style game but in VR. I could not have been any more wrong and this is one of the best surprises I have had with the PlayStation VR so far. Do not think of this as just another strategy game, Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown is far more like you are playing an actual tabletop game than any other PSVR game than I can think of.

The overall tone and style of the game has a very “fantasy” kind of feel to it. The game master is this robot looking bird who has a bit of a pirate voice about him and it is he who moves the story along. The story is quite good and I get a kind of Never Ending Story/Labyrinth kind of 80s fantasy vibe to the whole thing. That is something that is meant as a compliment by the way.

You start the game up and you have a group of “scoundrels” at your disposal. The game plays just as if you were playing an actual board game. So, you manually pick up your character (with the Move Controller) and place them where you need to. You can manually pick up cards and touch them to the character you want to use them with. Of course, you also need to roll the dice as well which feels great. This is as close to playing a board game that I have ever come across in a video game. It sure as hell makes the Monopoly game, I played on the NES back in 1990 seem like junk that is for sure.

One of the most interesting things about Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown is that there is no real way to truly go wrong. Well if all your members die that is that. However, you have various choices to make. While combat is a huge focus of the game, you have other stats such as “charm” which you can use to try and get your way or past something. You can just smash something that is in your way if you like. There is always at least a couple of ways to go about something. Most of these have a skill rating that you need to be, which means you will have to roll the dice to see if the action will happen in your favor.

I found that a game of Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown lasted a couple of hours and as there are so many ways that the story can go. I feel that it is the kind of game which you could play multiple times. It is worth noting that I did play through the game on my own and had a great time doing so. However, it does support up to four players which I think sounds like an awesome time.

In all, Table of Tales: The Crooked Crown is a fantastic game for the PlayStation VR. If you are a fan of tabletop gaming, I have no doubt that you will be completely blown away by this. Even if you are like me and will just play the game on your own, it is a really fun time. I highly recommend this one if you want a bit of VR tabletop gaming in your life.

Pros:

Supports up to four players

The story the game tells is a lot of fun

It is super easy to get into

Plenty of ways for the game to go

It feels like you are playing an actual board game

Cons:

I had no friends to play with ☹

The bird can be a bit obnoxious

PlayStation VR Game Reviews – Trover Saves The Universe

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As soon as I found out that Trover Saves The Universe was brought to us from the mind that brought us, Rick and Morty, I knew I was in. While you may be expecting this game to be a similar kind of game to the Rick and Morty game that was released for the PlayStation VR. This is a very different kind of game and I would say that it has more in common with a good old 3rd person action/beat em up style game than it does a VR game.

The story of the game is hilarious and actually something that you could totally imagine being in a Rick and Morty game. Basically, you have had your two precious dogs stolen by this jerk called Glorkon who is kind of like a big ugly chicken. You call in Trover to help you out who is this strange purple dude. Trover may not want to be a hero, but he will be one! Sure, he may complain the whole time, but with you controlling him, you can save the day, get your dogs back and maybe not screw up the lives of too many folks in the process.

The presentation of Trover Saves The Universe is great. I like how bright and colorful everything looks and it very much has that “Rick and Morty” style when it comes to its visuals. Many of the places that you go, you could easily imagine being places that Rick and Morty end up after something they have planned goes wrong. The voice acting is what really makes this game stand out. While each character you come across has something to say, it is Trover and his “commentary” in regards to what is going on that really makes this.

You play this with the standard Dual Shock 4 controller and it works great. You have full control over what Trover does and he plays very, very well. There is a lot of combat here with both melee and shooting and you also have some platforming and a few light puzzles to take care of too. Some might argue the fact that this really does not need to be a VR game and I must say, I think this could work just as well as a “normal” game. However, you really do feel immersed in this world and sometime sit is great to play what feels like a more traditional game on the PSVR. You can play it on your TV, but I liked the immersion the PSVR gave me.

You can learn new abilities and get upgrades as you play which is neat. I really like how when you have the best of interests at heart. Just like what happens in Rick and Morty, things can go wrong and you end up making things worse. Thanks to using the Dual Shock 4 instead of Move Controller, you will not have any trouble when it comes to Trover doing what you actually want him to do.

I had a great time with Trover Saves The Universe and think it is a real stand out game. It has that same kind of humor that we all love about Rick and Morty. I also feel that as an actual video game. This is way more fun than you would think. It is very well made and I have played through it a couple of times and had a great time when I did.

Pros:

The voice acting and the writing are excellent

The overall presentation is fantastic

Lots of interesting and weird characters to interact with

You can get interesting upgrades as you progress

The way the game breaks the 4th wall is great

Cons:

If you do not like the humor of Rick and Morty this is not for you

It is not really a “full” VR game