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

PlayStation VR Game Reviews – Falcon Age

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2019 has been a great year for PlayStation VR and Falcon Age is one of the very best VR games I have played all year. Seriously I am going to have a tough time picking between Falcon Age, Ghost Giant and Blood & Truth as my favorite PSVR game of 2019. Falcon Age is a truly remarkable VR experience and one that felt like it came out of nowhere.

The first thing that I have to talk about in Falcon Age is the story. I was not ready for how moving, deep and emotional the story would be. You play the role of a headstrong and impressive young woman called Ara. The planet that she lives on is in danger of being colonized and depleted of all its resources by a huge corporation. I get a kind of Avatar feeling from the story and I mean that in the most complimentary way.

Ara is going to do what she can to keep her world and family safe and the story is full of many twists and turns as a result. Seriously, you think the story is going one way and then it hits you like a brick in the face. The way you can choose what to say to certain character also helps add to the overall narrative and really make you feel like you are Ara.

Falcon Age is also a fantastic looking game. The world may not be the largest VR world I have ever played in, but the canyons, caves and so on all look fantastic. I think the visual style of the game reminds me of the movie Joh Carter as this place has a very “Mars” kind of vibe to it and that is something that I like a lot.

As great as the story and the presentation is. The first-person gameplay may very well be the best thing about the game. As the name suggests, Falcon Age has you using a falcon. This is one of the best gameplay mechanics I have had the pleasure to use on my PSVR. The falcon can be used to go and get items that are far away and he can be used in combat. Ara can use this powered up baton-like thing, but you can send in the falcon to cause distractions and you work together to take down enemies and solve puzzles. It works very well and is something I had a lot of fun with.

You do build up a bond with the falcon and the game is very clever in how it does this. You see, you can pet and fist bump the falcon which is fun. However, you can also get gear and upgrades as well so you can really make it your own. You can also craft food for you and your falcon which can give you various buffs as you go about your adventure. You play the game with the move controller and I like how you have to put it to your mouth and press the button like you are whistling to call the falcon. Also, you hold your arm out so it has a place to rest which is cool. So, you do need to have Move Controllers to play this so keep that in mind.

I am very, very impressed with Falcon Age. Even more impressive is that this is a first time effort for this studio and they have hit it right out of the park. While it may not get the attention of games like Ghost Giant or Blood & Truth. I think if you are a PlayStation VR fan, you simply have to play this.

Pros:

The story is amazing and full of twists and turns

The presentation is very well done

You can talk to tons of characters and chose what you say

Working with your falcon is a ton of fun

Combat and exploration are great

Cons:

You do need Move Controllers to play this

I would love a physical copy to be released