PlayStation VR Game Reviews – Wayward Sky

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Wayward Sky for the PlayStation VR is one of those games that I so, so want to like. I originally played this thanks to the PSVR demo disc, but I just recently got the chance to try out the full game. Many people love this game and I have seen it pop up on a few “best PSVR games” lists over the last year or so.

The story of the game is that you play as Bess. She is a young woman who is on the hunt for her dad who has been kidnapped. I really liked the idea of Bess as a character and helping her find her dad is something that I and I am sure most other gamers can get on board with. The problem is the game is not as story-driven as I would have liked. Do not get me wrong, it gives you enough of a reason to be doing what you are doing, but I just wanted a tad more.

Most likely the first thing that captures your attention with Wayward Sky is the visuals. This is a very interesting game in terms of its presentation. It has a look that really makes it stand out from the crowd. It is very hard to explain, but the game is made with these bright colors, but then they are kind of washed out. It is a very interesting look and one that certainly makes spending time in this world more appealing.

The gameplay is best described as a point and click adventure. You can play with the DualShock 4 or the Move Controllers. I found playing with the Move Controllers was a bit more immersive. You view the action from pretty far away and you point and click when you want Bess to move somewhere and interact with something. It is very easy to get to grips with and the majority of the game has you moving levers and pressing buttons in order to make it to the end of each section. I never found myself stuck or troubled by a puzzle or task in front of me. However, at the same time I also never found myself, board, because it was too easy.

It took me around three hours to get through the game. As I write this Wayward Sky is currently going for 20 bucks and I do not think that is a horrible price. However, there is not a ton of replay value here. I can though see myself playing through this again at some point down the road. It is a rather relaxing game so I can see it being a good game to fire up when you are in the mood to kick back and relax.

Overall, I can see why Wayward Sky is so popular with PlayStation VR games. While it may not make my own personal list of top 10 PSVR games, it is a very interesting experience and one that is a nice way to relax and serve as a pallet cleanser if you have played something ultra-violent. The demo is a great way to test if this is a game for you. If you love the demo, I would say that you will love the game even more. On the flip side of this, if the demo does not float your boat, the full game will not either.

Pros:

I liked Bess as a character

I loved the visual style of the game

It is very easy to get into

You can play with Move or DS4

It is a very relaxing kind of game to play

Cons:

It is very easy

Not a ton here in terms of gameplay to be honest

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Oculus Go Game Reviews – Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs

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To say that I love Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs on the Oculus Go is a massive understatement. I have always been a fan of the Angry Birds. It was one of the first games I got addicted to on my old iPhone and as I have a young son, we have had a lot of fun with the different toys, Monopoly and the two awesome movies! Angry Birds is a property that made the jump to the world of VR far better than most of us could have ever imagined.

The idea of the game is kind of the same that it has always been. Those darn pigs have taken the eggs and worst of all, you have a party you need to get to. I love the charm and style of Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs, but I must admit having a tie in with the most recent Angry Birds 2 movie would have been pretty awesome. Anyway, the premise is more than enough for me to sink my teeth into.

While the premise is the same the overall goal is too. You need to fire the various birds into the structures and pigs in order to save the eggs. However, it is how you do this that is changed. No longer do you need to just swipe your finger to fire. You now use the Oculus Go controllers in the same way you would a slingshot. It works very well and the way you can arc your shot does add in a real element of skill. I think it is a lot of fun and if you mess up, it is because you aimed wrong.

The different birds and their abilities are back and that is cool. What is new is that you now have larger structures to worry about, giant pigs and even these really cool boss pigs. I feel that they have added a ton of fun new content in Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs to make it stand out from the other Angry Birds games that have been released over the years. There are a ton of levels for you to do and I think the asking price is more than fair when you consider just how much content this game has.

As far as playing this on the Oculus Go goes, I have no complaints. This is not exactly what you would call a graphically taxing game so it manages to handle it all with a lot of style. There is no slowdown and in general it looks great, might not be quite as sharp as the version for Oculus Rift, but I would bet that most folks would not be able to tell the difference.

In all, I absolutely adore Angry Birds VR: Isle of Pigs for the Oculus Go and actually any other platform I play it on. It takes the fun of the original Angry Birds and brings it to the world of VR perfectly. It is a very fun game, but it also requires some major skill if you want to get the highest score possible. I highly recommend that you check this out if you are looking for a fun experience on your Oculus Go.

Pros:

The Angry Birds are fun characters

The game has a ton of personality

It is easy to pick up and play

It actually requires some skill

Tons of levels to play

Cons:

I wish it tied into the two movies a tad more

It can be very, very addictive!

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Oculus Rift Game Reviews – Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin

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I fell in love with the original Psychonauts on the original Xbox over a decade ago! It is awesome that we are getting a sequel, but Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is a game that is actually bridging the gap between the two games. Tim Schafer is a real hero of mine and I consider Psychonauts to be the best work that he has done.

The first thing that made me smile about this game was just how heavy it ties into the original game. I was actually very surprised by this as so much time has passed, I am sure there are many people who will have no idea who characters like Raz, Lili, Sasha, and Milla are! Even me, a person who played through the original game multiple times had to really think hard about certain things that this game brought up. Do not get me wrong, I love that this is a full-on sequel, but I do worry that some new players may be a little lost.

In this game, our “heroes” are grown up and they have now finished with their studies at Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp. Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is a very story-driven game and I love that. Even those who are new to the game I feel will be pulled in by the charm. The overall story is about our favorite characters having to use their special abilities to solve various puzzles and mysteries.

The way that the game gives you access to all of the abilities at the start, only to take them away is rather clever. It eases you into the gameplay and then makes you work for all of the cool stuff. Each character has their own ability and these are a lot of fun to use. Most of the “trickier” puzzles will require the use of an actual ability like pyrokinesis for example. These abilities are fun to use and a major highlight of the game for me.

The gameplay of Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin is great. I would say that a game like Rick and Morty is the best comparison. You do not have free reign to just go where you like, but you can zap to different parts of each level and interact with a ton of things and solve puzzles. I would say that at its core, you have a puzzle game here which as this is from Tim Schafer is not all that surprising. I was surprised at how easy some of the puzzles were, but that did not make them any less fun.

I played the game with my standard Xbox One controller and found the overall experience to be just as good as the PlayStation VR version of the game. I really do not see any control issues with this game at all. Playing as all of the characters is a lot of fun and using the various abilities and taking part in the puzzles is never a chore due to how smooth and easy the controls are.

Playing through Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin on the Oculus Rift was an absolute pleasure. In all honesty, I did not notice any difference with this and the PSVR version, but that is not a bad thing. I really think that this is a game more people need to check out. Sadly, like the original Psychonauts, this one here is criminally underrated and ignored. Do not sleep on this, it is awesome!

Pros:

I love the setting of the game

Brings back the gang from the original game

It has a ton of personality to it

It plays like a dream with a controller

You can tell this is a Tim Schafer game!

Cons:

They put a lot of faith that every player has played the original

It is not the most challenging game

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