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If you want a game that is a fun game, but also a hell of a workout, Sprint Vector for PlayStation VR is the game for you. What seems at first like a futuristic racing kind of game will make you build up a bigger sweat than playing Just Dance at the same time as Wii Fit!
The idea of Sprint Vector is that it is a futuristic game show. In this game show, people and aliens will race against each other on dangerous courses. If you win, you will be treated as a hero and doused in glory. If you lose…. You die! The premise in that way is kind of similar to the movie the Running Man if you ask me. Anyway, the idea is pretty neat and I love the overall presentation of the story that the game is telling.
There is a nice selection of characters in this game and they all have a ton of personality. You do not want to like them too much as you need to race these guys. The way that Sprint Vector works is that you pump your arms (while holding the Move Controllers) up and down to move fast in the game. You do not just have to go super-fast, but time your movements too. You can do these power slides, jump, run up walls and even use powerups. Let me tell you the trailers do not do justice to how complex a game this is.
Sprint Vector is the kind of game that is not easy to master, but it is so much fun when you do. Running at full speed and pulling off a power slide then running up a wall at full stride makes you feel awesome. However, you mistime it and you slam into the wall! The enemy AI is quite fair in that while it poses a challenge for you, they will pull it in a little if the game feels like you are having a hard time. There is a ton of tracks to race on and it has the usual championship mode that you would expect in a racing-style game.
It does also have other game modes for you to enjoy as well. There are these challenge maps which made me feel like I was playing Mirrors Edge and I mean that in a very complimentary way by the way. There is also an online multiplayer scene which is a lot of fun. I found the community here to be pretty awesome and while there was a little bit of trash-talking for the most part the folks I played with where cool and there seemed to be a real sense of helping other people get good at the game.
You may think a game that requires precise controls would be in trouble as it has to use PlayStation Move controllers. However, Sprint Vector plays very well, as long as you have the room for it! You see while the game says you can play it sitting down, the tracking I found to be horrendous. You simply cannot play this game unless you have plenty of space. Not just so the game can pick up your movements better, but also so that you do not hurt yourself. This is really the only negative I have about the game, but I am aware it is a pretty major one.
In all, I think that Sprint Vector is one of the crown jewels in the PlayStation VR crown. This is a fantastic and addictive game that is just so much fun to play. It also gives you one heck of a workout too! It is a great showcase of how to make a fast-paced and over the top kind of game and it is so good that I really would love to see a sequel made that expands on what they did here even more.
The game looks fantastic
A great sense of speed
It gives you a great workout
Plenty of fun characters
The multiplayer scene is pretty awesome
It takes a while to get the hang of
You cannot play if you do not have a large open space