Lets talk about Virtual Reality gaming. More specifically, PlayStation VR. Santa brought me a PSVR headset, a couple games and a demo disk this year. Why? Cause Santa loves me and PlayStation needs to step up and hook a brother up in the very near future. I review video games and gaming systems! C'mon! Show a geek some kindness!
Lots of hub-bub about the ol' virtual reality lately. I had to try it. Even if PlayStation wasn't gonna be my friend. So...I did. It's fun. Lot's of fun. I already have a PlayStation 4 so the additional 300 bucks for the VR headset and a demo disc seemed worth it. (I can justify a lot. A LOT. HA!) Hopefully the price will come down in the near future. That depends on the popularity of the medium, yes?
While there were some absolute dogs in terms of games, there were enough fantastic ones that I feel when developers figure out what works, it really could be a big, big segment of the gaming market.
The headset and camera were pretty damn easy to set up and I was playing in the VR world in about 15 minutes. Good times. Easy is good. And once I was in? Awesome. For real. I was impressed. Had a sense of awe! Just looking around in most games is a blast. It's crazy to be immersed in the experience.
Moss is a side-to-side scrolling/puzzle game. You stand in a forest and help your little mouse buddy fight the forces of EVIL! You guide the little guy around and use your controller to help him solve puzzles. Fun. Just standing in the forest was a trip! It's like being inside a really good View-Master that moves. Beautiful and well imagined.
There are a few other games where you are a giant helping out a little character. But if the environment isn't spectacular? Pass. I wanted to be inside the game. I want to be the hero. Egotistical? Sure. Seems fair.
EVE: Valkyrie looks like a solid game. Finally! I was the pilot of a starfighter in outerspace! Nerd boner! It was amazing! Unfortunately the demo of the game only plays for about 60 seconds. Not even close enough to satisfy. Although it gives me high hopes for ANY kind of Star Wars VR game. If I can legit fly an X-Wing around a galaxy far, far away I'm all in! Could someone please get moving one that? Thank you.
Which brings me to Beat Saber. It's my pick for favorite VR experience to date. It's my VR crack. So addictive! It's a game along the lines of Guitar Hero. It's all about rhythm and timed moves. And it's a blast.
You're standing at the end of a hallway as blocks come flying at you. You have to chop them in the direction indicated by the arrows on the blocks with your two Light Sabers. Hit the block as it flies at you in time to the music. Oh, and dodge obstacles too! Move side-to-side, crouch down, stand back up and keep whacking those blocks.
It sounds so simple. It is. Until it gets harder. Which it does. I can't stop playing. There is something so satisfying about chopping things in half with a laser sword. And you can "feel" your blade cut thru the blocks! It's nuts! Really fun stuff and a pretty good workout. Some dude on reddit claims he's lost over a hundred pounds. He's been playing since April. Maybe nonstop. I just know I'm having a great time playing. It's fun to get up, get the whole body moving and go full on Jedi Knight in an intergalactic nightclub. Chop, chop baby!!
My only beef with Beat Saber is it needs more songs. Like yesterday. I've been playing for 2 days and I'm already kinda over the 16 tracks that came with the game. Sure, I'll keep playing. I got no problem being a Sith who chops shit to K-Pop. I'm cool like that. I'm just ready for more options. Beat Saber developers say more content is on the way and I can't wait! So get on it, Beat Games! You've got VR winner on your hands. Keep the music coming. I know I'm gonna be downloading all of it.
Now If you'll excuse me, I have to head back to my VR spaceship/nightclub and beat the next level. Yes. I've got a problem. I don't care who knows it. The Force is strong in the chop, chop virtual world.
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