I'm a complete horror junkie. I also have a passionate love for arcade style rail shooters. I think virtual reality is the coolest thing ever. This game gives me a horror rail shooter in virtual reality. I was basically in hog heaven the entire time I was playing the game. This right here is what virtual reality is all about - scaring me shitless while making me feel like a boss dual wielding revolvers.
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood is, for the most part, related to the first Until Dawn game in name and developer only. There are some nods to the first game in the dialogue once you get like halfway in, but it's the kind of nod that one who's played the first game would immediately recognize while those who haven't wouldn't even notice. Like Stephen King's cameos in all of the movies based on his books (except the shitty Jack Nicholson version of The Shining which was SO bad that he refused to cameo). Like I said, the game is a rail shooter, and it's done by putting your character on a roller coaster in some horribly dilapidated theme park full of monsters and psychopaths. Who knows why you're there? Who cares? Just shoot shit.
The game can be played either with the DualShock 4 controller or with two PlayStation Move controllers. The game suggests that you use two Move controllers, and having played both ways, I whole-heartedly agree. PlayStation Move just gives the game a much more genuine, natural feel with the aiming, and the precision is rock solid. My only gripe with the precision has nothing to do with control scheme. My problem is that you have no crosshair. You have a light on each weapon, and lining up a shot to the center of that light give sort of the same effect as a laser sight, but it's a flashlight, and when you're moving, trying to aim at targets that are also moving, and probably freaking out a little bit, that's not exactly a pin-point accurate thing. You do, however, get a feel for aiming the weapons after the first level or two, so it's a minor gripe.
The game isn't too terribly long - probably 3 hours worth or so, I'd estimate - but arcade rail shooters aren't a genre known for game length, either. It's a shame that the use of PlayStation VR sort of precludes the option of multiplayer - one of the genre's greatest strengths - but this game is fun enough that it's totally enjoyable solo, and if you do have some friends over, you can take turns on the levels and watch each other freak out since what they're seeing is also displayed on the TV screen. If you're not into horror games or rail shooters, pass on this one, but if you like either of those things and have a PlayStation VR, I absolutely recommend this one.
My Rating - 4 Neps
I'm Mr. Deck
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 history at a high school in central North Carolina; during the night, I spend my spare time gaming. Then I write about it.