Batman Arkham VR for the PlayStation VR was a very, very big timed exclusive for Sony’s VR add-on. I know for me personally that as a huge fan of the Arkham series of games, this was a huge factor in me wanting to get a PSVR. The big question was if they would be able to take the excitement, storytelling and general awesomeness of the other games and bring it to the world of VR!
As far as the story goes in Batman Arkham VR for the PSVR. I actually like what they have done here. Basically, Nightwing and Robin are missing and Alfred cannot get in touch with them. He tells Batman and he heads out to try and find out what has happened to his two allies. As you progress through the game you will come into contact with some great characters such as Penguin and Killer Croc. What is really cool about this is that they are voiced by the same actors as in the main Arkham games.
The story is rather short and the ending is a real sore point for me. However, it does feel like something that could have been a side mission in one of the Arkham games. You will probably blow through this in a couple of hours. So, while what this offers is good. I do feel that they could have had this as a DLC add on for Arkham Knight rather than being a full retail game of its own.
You will need the PlayStation Movie controllers to play this so please keep that in mind. The game is very different from the main games in the series. The most notable difference is that there is no combat! The idea of the game is that you are using Batman’s detective skills and while you can use things like Batarangs and his grappling hook, you will not be pulling off any of those sweet combos that you do in Arkham City or Arkham Knight. You do not have free-roam around a crime scene, but moving around is easy enough.
My only complaint with the controls is when you need to look behind you and the PS Move controllers lose sight of the camera! To be fair this is more of a problem with the PSVR itself than this game. Thankfully rather than actually turn your head around, you can make Batman face the other direction with just the touch of a button. So while it may not be as “immersive” I do actually prefer to do this as it is more comfortable and keeps the Move Controllers in view of the PlayStation Camera.
Overall, I think that Batman Arkham VR for the PlayStation Move is a good time. If you like the other games that are part of this series then you will enjoy what they have done here. I do question the asking price for this as it is only a couple of hours long. Still, I have played through this a few times now on the PSVR and the Oculus Rift so it must do something right!
It captures the feel of the other games very well
The voice acting is amazing
I liked the story that they told here
Putting the cowl on feels awesome
The presentation is very well done
It is very short
The PS Move Controllers are annoying when not in view of the camera