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I am a real sucker for a game with a good sci-fi story so that is why Robinson The Journey was a game I was very interested to play on the PlayStation VR. I am a huge fan of the developer Crytek and feel that they are one of the best when it comes to making great VR experiences so it is fair to say that my hopes for this game were pretty high, especially as I have already enjoyed the version that was made for the Oculus Rift!
The game takes place on a planet called, Tyson III. This is a strange kind of planet and has a fair bit in common with prehistoric earth, especially so in terms of the creatures that call this place home. You play as a young guy called Robin who crash lands onto Tyson III and now you must do all you can to survive. What is cool about the story is that it is very sci-fi focused and there is also the mystery of what caused you to crash in the first place. You do have two companions on your journey, one being the AI from your craft and the other this awesome baby T-Rex that seems to take a real shine to you.
Robinson The Journey does not make use of the PlayStation Move controllers. Instead, you will be playing this with your DualShock 4 which works fine. The movement is very, very hard to explain. But there is this weird way that you can snap to a certain viewpoint and the way the camera works is done so that it cuts down on motion sickness. I am not sure what the technical term for what they have done here is, but I did find that it worked very well.
The overall gameplay is a mixture of puzzles and exploration. I was actually surprised the first time I played this on the Rift at how little action there was, but I do still like the gameplay that is on offer here. Tyson III is such an interesting planet that if you are like me, you will lose hours just exploring and taking it all in. None of the puzzles that you encounter will stress you out too much and for the most part, I felt that the game moves at a very brisk pace.
I was very impressed with the presentation and feel that the PS4 and the PSVR does a great job in keeping up with what the Oculus Rift version of this game can do. The different locations are great ranging from lush jungles to dark and creepy caves. Not to mention the different creatures that you come across which all have a real dinosaur kind of design to them. I found the framerate and the way the game ran to be great and this is from someone playing on a standard PS4.
In all Robinson The Journey is a game that I am surprised has not gotten more attention on the PSVR. It is a very interesting journey and one that is backed up with a really engaging story and premise. I will admit that just a little more action would have made the game even better but as an exploration/puzzle game. You will certainly have a great deal of fun here.
Tyson III is a fantastic place to explore
The puzzles are handled very well
You have a baby T-Rex and AI companion
The story is very interesting
Movement actually feels pretty great
Just a tad more action would have been great
I wonder why Move Controllers are not supported?