Skyrim VR stems from the kind of game I’ve avoided in the past because The Elder Scrolls are full of role-playing game (RPG) elements, which just isn’t my bag.
However, within 15 minutes of playing this title, and with the virtual reality headset in place, I felt like I was back in one of my favourite games from yesteryear – 2000’s Thief II: The Metal Age. That’s not to say that this game has graphics which look 20 years old – far from it – but when in a hurry, the other people who run alongside you have that same sort-of ‘late-night drunk running about’ look about themselves. In fact, I still play Thief II today, and if there was one game I wish I could get inside, it’s that one!
I also played this soon after reviewing Skyrim VR, and felt this one a much more pleasing effect on the old noggin, since you’re not racing about fast in all directions – you’re going from A to B to C, and so on. Plus for someone not used to RPG titles, this is incredibly accessible.
With a glorious score, you can interact with pretty much everything, but don’t steal every last garment and bowl you come across, otherwise like myself after Christmas dinner, you won’t be able to move, and will have to dump… a load of this stuff anyway.
Initially, I wasn’t sure if PSVR was something I wanted to get into long-term, but if we can maintain the quality of games like this, especially ones that have so much to do (check the list of what’s possible – you can even get married!!), then it will be here for a long time.
Sure, a few things like aiming an arrow with the bow is a little hit and miss, and we could certainly do with sharper graphics, but look at the gameplay and recognise that you’re getting so much game as a bit of a trade-off for those graphics, as well as my referring back to this feeling like I’m back in one of my all-time favourite videogames, and Skyrim VR is a must for anyone buying this platform.
The whys and wherefores of the general Skyrim game are covered in Michael’s review, so I’ll just look at the VR aspect, here, and while you could play this game for 100 hours and still not touch the surface, I’ve so far played this for a few and wanted to get this online ASAP while it’s still fresh.
In short, if you’re looking for a killer app and an essential reason to purchase a PSVR headset, Skyrim VR *is* that game.
Yes, as I said, the graphics could be better, as it feels rather last gen, but that’s nothing to worry about compared to the extreme amount of fun you’ll have in this world.
Overall Score: 9/10
Skyrim VR Part 2 – Riverwood and Bleak Falls Barrow – PS4 PSVR – DVDfeverGames
- Developer: id Software
- Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
- Players: Single player campaign
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