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Viva Ex Vivo

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Available on:PlayStation 4May 17, 2016
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Truant Pixel

Genres: Art, Adventure

Players will assume control of the "Virtual Eukaryote Visualizer," or VEV: a remote-controlled nanoscale artificial organism capable of surviving in a multitude of familiar and foreign microscopic environments. A drop of water or a drop of blood becomes an expansive field for players to navigate, collecting valuable organic particles and avoiding competing and predatory organisms while exploring a microscopic world on a massive scale.

Viva Ex Vivo Critic Reviews

I absolutely adore VEV: Viva Ex Vivo‘s concept, which only serves to make me more disappointed in the final release. Exploring these different microscope slides should be exciting, but instead players are left frustrated due to awkward controls and bored by how little there is to do.

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Even with the $5 asking price in North America, I’m hesitant to recommend VEV: Viva Ex Vivo to most. The game can be “beaten” in exactly two hours, and the gameplay felt stale before I had even played 30 minutes. With all that said, the game should be on the shortlist for any prospective PlayStation VR owners. Given the absurdly affordable price and diverse visual environments, VEV already feels more at home as a visual “experience” game than its marketed “arcade shooter” genre.

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Whilst VEV: Viva Ex Vivo initially impresses with its visuals and premise, it doesn’t take long before your positive thoughts turn to frustration and boredom

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After playing a handful of badly designed stages, VEV: Viva Ex Vevo is the type of game I’d expect at a cheapo tech show. Among the vaporware and broken reveals, it’s shown as a barely functioning tech demo. In fact, watching something as poor as that, would be far more lively than sitting through this interactive sludge.

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VEV: Viva Ex Vivo - Announcement Trailer | PS4

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