Dying: Reborn VR was the other game that I downloaded bundled with Weeping Doll, and at first, I was pretty into it. I quickly discovered, however, that UploadVR was spot-on when they gave their review the header "Should Have Stayed Dead." This is a brilliant example of what's wrong with VR - too short, too basic, and too expensive. Thanks god I got mine in that bundle on sale.
So here's the first issue with Dying: Reborn VR - it's not a full game. Oh, they charge the $10 price tag of a full game, but it's not one. Dying: Reborn on Vita and PS4 is a six chapter game; what you get in Dying: Reborn VR is abridged versions of the first three chapters. You get no conclusion or even the full versions of the first three levels. It's little more than a glorified and premium-priced demo. The story isn't even good, either, so I finished the "game" with zero desire to know how the full story ends.
Thankfully, when compared to Weeping Doll, the visuals are improved in Dying: Reborn VR, and the issue of audio cut out was absent. Unfortunately the sound effects were worse, the music was horrible and way too loud, and the voice acting is legitimately among the worst I've ever heard in a game. Not only that but it seems to have been done all in one take as the voice actors would say things completely different from the subtitles on screen and even stumble over their lines a bit. I actually HOPE it was done in one take because if that's the product of rehearsals, re-recordings, and editing, then I can only assume that they literally grabbed some random guy off the street and said "Here, you're voicing this character that no one will ever care about. You've got five minutes to rehearse."
Dying: Reborn VR managed to be an even worse game than Weeping Doll. It looks much better, and the atmosphere is certainly creepy, but the game just FEELS like a rip-off given that you're paying for what is, in reality, less than half of a game. That's a real shame, too, because the puzzles are actually pretty good. They're not masterful works of a genius or anything, but they make you think and are relatively enjoyable to solve. It sucks that those puzzles are completely undermined by a bullshit business model and no way to get the rest of the story short of buying the non-VR "full" game separately. Don't even bother with this no matter how much you love VR; if you want a mediocre "thriller" game with pretty good puzzles, just buy the normal Dying: Rebirth.
My Rating - 1 Nep
I'm a teacher.
And I like to play video games. I like to collect video games. I like to talk about video games, and I like to write about video games. During the day, I teach high school history; during the night, I spend my spare time gaming. Then I write about it.