Also available on Oculus and Vive
I'm late posting a review of this - pneumonia kind of kicked my ass all of a sudden - but I'm finally getting around to writing up a review for EVE: Valkyrie (I've edited the post date to reflect when I finished the game and would normally have posted a review). This was my first foray into PlayStation VR and virtual reality in general (minus the Virtual Boy), and I gotta admit....I'm not disappointed. I actually beat this four days ago when I was just trying out my PS VR, but I'm gonna go ahead and say that this is a title that every PS VR owner needs to pick up.
I've never played an EVE game before, so I don't know how well this fits in terms of lore or whatever, but what I do know is that it's a damn good space flight blow-shit-up simulator, and that's pretty much everything I want out of a virtual reality game. You fly your ship with the standard gamepad controls, but you can turn your head in the cockpit to look around, and your homing missiles are aimed at a target with your head movement, not the control stick, so you can (in theory) fly towards and shoot one target while aiming missiles at a target in a different direction. Just being able to look around the cockpit, though, is incredibly immersive.
Because it's a PlayStation VR game, the visuals aren't super impressive - you gotta make sacrifices when your headset is designed to be affordable (affordable being a relative term when the headset costs more than the console needed to use it) - but the immersion of the gameplay more than makes up for any graphical sacrifices IMO. The story campaign is really short - like six missions, I think - but there are a couple of other offline modes, and there's a really good online component. You can either do PvP team deathmatch or co-op vs AI team deathmatch online. The matchmaking is very smooth, and I experienced zero latency with the online play. It was so smooth that I thought it had put in an entirely offline match until I saw the PSN IDs.
It's only a launch title for PlayStation VR, so keep that in mind if you pick it up, but for a launch title, it's breathtaking. It's a bit shallow in terms of single player offerings, but the gameplay is so much fun and the online matchmaking so smooth that even the single player Nazi that I am is thoroughly pleased with this. This is what we need on VR platforms - spaceship combat.
My Rating - 4 Neps
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