PlayStation VR Worlds

Publisher – London Studio / Sony Interactive Entertainment America
Price – US $19.99 / EU €19.99  / UK £14.99 / AU $26.95
Release date – October 13th, 2016
Move Support – Yes
Pro Support – Yes
Digital only – No
Reviewed on – PS4 Pro

We are now pushing 2 years to the PSVR’s launch and I thought it would be a great time to revisit my 1st review for that headset.  PlayStation VR Worlds is a collection of 5 smaller games and experiences that aims to deliver a variety of game types and showcase just what Virtual Reality can bring to the gaming table.  The cinematic opening is a little lengthy, especially for repeat viewers, but soon enough you will be at the menu where you can choose which of the 5 games you would like to play, some requiring different control methods which I will cover below

Ocean Descent is a virtual tour taking you to the depths of the ocean in a shark cage.  There is no interaction here, just take in what the title puts all around you.  Starting off in a coral reef you soon begin your descent the ocean depths and encounter a whole bunch of sea life up until a very dramatic shark encounter.  What Ocean Decent lacks in gameplay is made up by the visual fidelity.  Everything here from the scenery to the animals looks stunning and showcases just how beautiful VR games can be.  When the light from my headlamp lit up the lifeless eyes of the shark, I couldn’t help but marvel and just how realistic the experience looks.  The entirety of the Shark Encounter takes around 15 minutes with the only other options being to chill in the coral reef or experience the dive before the shark encounter.   It’s a one and done type experience, but great to show off to friends and family unfamiliar with VR.

Ocean Descent still has some amazing visuals!

Next up is VR Luge and it takes place over 4 stages.  You control the luge by simply leaning your head in the direction you want to go.  It’s fun and gets intense at high speeds as you whip past cars and javoid obstacles in your path.  Collisions leave a bit to be desired as you tend to awkwardly bounce off the scenery until you get you bearings, costing you precious time.  Going airborne is also suspenseful as you lose whatever control you had and pray for a good landing.  You can play through all 4 tracks and while the game doesn’t look terrible, much of it does look washed out.  It’s fun and quick though it’s simplicity won’t maintain your interest for more then a few rounds.

Top speeds are a thrill in VR Luge

Danger Ball is a VR 1st person pong game that is a lot of fun.  With play modes like tournament or quick play you are pitted against different opponents with different abilities.  You simply move your head where you want your “paddle” to go and bounce the ball(s) back and forth until either you or the enemy loses.  The simple mechanics hide what quickly becomes a very challenging game and as you progress through the tournament, the game gets incredibly challenging.  It’s great, the only downside is no online or even local multiplayer, which really feels like a missed opportunity.

Danger Ball gets incredibly challenging in tournament mode

If you are a fan of British Gangster movies than you will love the London Heist.  It has all the feel of a Guy Ritchie Movie with a majority of the game taking place in cinematics.  Those are fine enough but the fire fights are where this game shines.  Only 2 of the 5 stages are full on combat while with the rest being cinematics viewed from your point of view.  Gun fights are amazing, putting you right in the middle of the action.  They are short, sweet and are one the biggest highlights of this disc, the only problem being there just isn’t enough of them. Changing the difficulty just means making you invincible or not so I suggest leaving it off just to add some risk to the game.  You have the option of using 2 Moves or a DS4 controller but the DS4 method locks your hands in place so for full immersion, if you have them, stick with the Moves.  Included here is also a few shooting galleries that toss a bunch of objects at you in a variety of ways in an incredibly short amount of time with the goal being to hit everything you can for maximum points.  It’s a solid addition that extends the game quite nicely.

Though brief, the shooting portions of London Heist are still pretty fun!

Lastly, we have Scavengers Odyssey. You play as an alien in a mech suit investigating a mysterious artifact in space.  A simple plot you’ve seen many times before that controls like a typical mech shooter using a DS4 that utilizes head tracking to target enemies and objects.  You have full control of your mech with some auto targeting to help you out.  Added to that is a gravity gun to move obstacles and you are set to fight the unknown menace.  This game looks alright, though I found some of the visuals to be a little washed out.  The story is broken up into 6 chapters and while it does have a conclusion, feels like an extended prologue to a full game.  You’ll fight a few enemies and a a boss all while navigating around a graveyard of space ships using some fun anti-grav platforming.  It’s a cool little game with some highlight moments, though the action is relatively uninspired leaving little reason to come back except to trophy hunt.

Solve the mystery of of the Obelisk…or not.

Minus Ocean Descent and London Heist, the other 3 games don’t look that great.  They aren’t awful but considering more recent efforts and Pro supported titles, they show their age.  The audio is amazing, especially in London Heist with the spatial audio making every scene come to life and greatly adding to these games.

All these experiences offer a different type of fun and any of the games that are broken into chapters allow you to replay individual sections of the game.  It’s a great package though most of the games, once viewed or beaten offer little replayability other than simply replaying levels you’ve already played just for the fun of it.

What would I pay? $20US is a great price.  Granted this disc is starting to show its age but it is still a great collection showcasing a variety of VR games and experiences.  VR Worlds is still my go-to experience when it comes to newbies in VR and remains a solid showcase title.

 

Good

  • Great collection/variety of small experiences
  • 1st person shooting is a blast!!!
  • Danger Ball and Space Odysee are fun to replay
  • Ocean Descent & London Heist look great!!

Bad

  • No multiplayer games
  • Some experiences are one and done
  • Visuals are hit and miss across the 5 titles
7

Good

22 Comments

  1. Sounds interesting, the zombie wave genre is pretty crowded though – I cant imagine buying in for $60, even if they added extra campaigns. At $20 it sounds about right for a look.

  2. The game looks great, should be fun in coop too, great review

  3. Game looks really fun to play, great review.

  4. I would love to win this and try it out. I have been wanting too.

  5. Game looks awesome!

  6. Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win a copy.

  7. I’d love to check it out!

  8. Had this in my wishlist for ages. Would love to try it out.

  9. That sounds awesome!! The day/night cycle will definitely add a lot of immersion. Can’t wait to try it out.

  10. Excellent review well written. I’d love to win and if I don’t I’ll probably pick it up just because of the great review

  11. Nothing to say negative at all? You gave this a 9 and Superhot an 8?! This better be amazing, I’ll buy it tomorrow.

    • Different reviewers and different headsets. Both my pc reviewers gave superhot a 9,on psvr I gave it an 8

  12. Hey all, random draw has selected Josh Jackson and Angstrom as the winners. Congratulations and I will email you the codes shortly. Everyone else, thanks for commenting and stay tuned for more giveaways!

  13. This looks great! Your review was very detailed and got me twitching with anxiety just waiting for the day I get paid and can try it out myself. I agree zombies are a bit overdone at the moment, but I feel that opening up a genre like this in VR is a great way to intrigue players and keep the style fresh. Very excited to give it a go!

  14. Looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it.

  15. Open world exploration plus Zombies! Count me in! Loved Arizona Sunshine.

  16. Whether you find out you agree with me and like the game or find things wrong with the game, please do me a favor and tell the developers on their steam forum page what you liked and didn’t like so that my later play experiences are made that much more awesome by your feedback.

  17. Thanks for awesome review!

    Local friends leaderboards added per your request and more to come ! 🙂

  18. I love the VR Grid

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