PSVR Impressions: Farpoint

Hi there! I’ve just recently acquired a PSVR and have tried it out a bit so I’m going to write out my first impressions of it. If you don’t know what it is, it’s essentially a VR headset designed for certain PS4 games that support VR.

 

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In either case, it came with a game called Farpoint. Seeing as I haven’t used any other HMDs (Head-mounted display) as opposed to the Oculus DK2 prior to this I was surprised by how quickly I got immersed. The intro was especially breath-taking. I really liked how accurately the game tracked the in-game gun I was holding during gameplay. The bundle I purchased came with a separate accessory specifically for the gun, but I didn’t want to knock everything over so I went with the Dualshock controller instead. In case you’re wondering how that works, the Playstation Camera tracks your controller while you’re playing and has it serve as the weapon while playing.

Some neat mechanics have been added to the weapon in order to add a little variety. A scanner is incorporated into the rifle as well to give the player the option to utilize it for plot development purposes in certain areas. I also liked the fact that if you lean your head towards the center of the rifle, you can actually use the iron-sight. It’s a nice touch that adds a layer of interactivity to the gunplay.

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While playing the game I did feel a little tense at times due to the devs getting into the habit of regularly sending spiders your way at the worst of times. You wouldn’t think that it would be that bad, but once you’re in the game world it can be a definite concern at times. Most definitely wouldn’t recommend this game if you have arachnophobia.

That being said, the surroundings are gorgeous and in my opinion a great way to introduce a newcomer to VR. A lot of times I’d just look around in awe and observe the environmental effects and take in the vistas far beyond.

I also didn’t get motion sick from playing the game, which is a definite plus. It’s designed around your player not being able to turn around completely, but you still get the chance to observe your whereabouts by looking around. I’d describe it in a similar fashion to a walking simulator in terms of movement options.

Overall, I found this game to be a great introduction into the world of PSVR and a blast to play through. Just, y’know, be vary of spiders. They’ll straight up lunge at you.

 

 

 

 

 

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