When you watch a trailer for Robinson: The Journey. It is near impossible not to be blown away and want to dive right into this alien world. It is like a movie that you are part of and for me, this is what more VR games need to be trying to do. The developer, Crytek is one of the most ambitious around when it comes to VR and the scope and ideas behind this game are huge.
Let me start by talking about the story. As a sci-fi junky, I was so in from the get-go with this the story that this game is telling. You play the role of Robin who is a young guy. You crash land on a planet called, Tyson III. This is like a prehistoric kind of planet filled with all kinds of strange and dangerous creatures and there is no other human life here. You are all alone except for your AI companion and a baby T-Rex that takes a real shine to you. You explore this strange land, trying to survive, look for a way to get off it and also uncovering why you crashed in the first place.
The gameplay is not as action packed as you would think and at first, I was a little bummed out by this. I do feel that Robinson: The Journey could have had just a tad more action in it. Still, exploring and puzzle solving is truly awesome. I found that using my controller with the Oculus Rift and this game worked very, very well. The game lets you move around in the first person, but Crytek has been very clever with this. You can snap with the right analog stick and move with the other and it works very well. You can move at a brisk pace if you are looking straight on, but you move slower if you are not. It is hard to explain, but it works very well and reduces any chance of motion sickness.
The presentation of Robinson: The Journey is amazing. I love Tyson III and would actually spend most of my time playing this just exploring, climbing up high ledges, going into dark and creepy looking areas. A lot of attention to detail is here and that really does wonders to make the whole world feel like a real living and breathing place. The different “creatures” you come across have a very dinosaur kind of feel to them and that is something I really do love. For me, I would say that Skull Island is probably the best comparison I can give to what this strange place is like.
Most of your gameplay is about exploration and basic puzzle solving. You can pick up many things and then you can throw them and use them to solve puzzles. The gameplay, in all honesty, is not doing anything that I would say is groundbreaking in the world of VR. However, it does what it does very well and thanks to the gameplay being nice and tight and there being no technical hiccups, I had a fantastic time with the game.
As far as first person adventure games go on the Oculus Rift. I would have to say that Robinson: The Journey is one of the most ambitious I have come across. Clearly, a lot of time, money and love went into this game. It is a game I had a great deal of fun with and if you want a VR experience that has some real substance to it, you have to check this game out.
The planet, Tyson III is awesome
The story is well written and very engaging
Plenty of puzzles for you to solve
You have a baby T-Rex companion!
The presentation from the sound to the visuals is great
A little more action would have made this a 10/10
Some still might get a bit motion sick