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VR Worlds contains five unique VR gaming experiences that all offer enjoyable forays into the medium. While each experience could benefit from more content, this bundle is still the best way to show off what your PlayStation VR can do to those who have never tried the medium.
Some may be put off by the fact that PlayStation VR Worlds is a collection of experiences rather than one focused game but they really shouldn’t be. Out of the five experiences on offer four of them are great to play and all of them work as a showpiece to show off to others. Whether you find yourself going back to the game will depend on how much things click with you but there is replay value there. Overall PlayStation VR Worlds is a fun game, as well as being a really solid launch title for the PlayStation VR headset that’s worth the price of admission.
London Heist is the clear winner experience-wise and there’s terrifying joys to be found underwater in Ocean Descent, but it’s a shame that there’s not more to shout about in this uneven collection.
The meekly named 'PlayStation VR Worlds' rarely escapes its origins as brief demonstrations, but it is certainly worth checking out as part of the greater 'PlayStation VR' launch experience. Some of the five experiences bundled here could make for great fully-realized titles, and failing that, this disc version is ready for any time I might want to show 'PS VR' to others. Plus, the game case makes for a smart place to keep the PlayStation VR cleaning cloth.
PlayStation VR Worlds provides a solid introduction to PlayStation VR, giving you a taste of what the technology is capable of. The experiences, however, are a mixed bag and fairly brief with little replay value. The London Heist proves to be the gem among these five mini-games.
PlayStation VR Worlds is a fun collection of mini-games that really showcases the PlayStation VR technology but given that, it’s a one trick pony. After you’ve played the titles a few times, they do become a little repetitive, especially how short some of the games are. Nonetheless, it’s still worth a look and will provide some great bragging rights for those who have never experienced VR before.
At the end of the day, Playstation VR Worlds is great for what it is outside of the VR Luge game which can be easily passed over. Every game or experience has something unique to it, but is desperately clawing to be something more. It would have been great to see these things fleshed out, but it also shows at the early stages of Playstation VR, that it has the tools to make something great. If you have a PSVR I would say to check it out.
The London Heist and Scavenger's Odyssey both provide well made and fun experiences that serve as great introductions to VR. Danger Ball is a decent, if not exceptional, Pong-like, while Ocean Descent offers a neat short film and two uninteresting ones. VR Luge is a total disaster in every sense of the word. Overall, PlayStation VR Worlds is a good starting package that would have done better as a pair of full games.
Overall, VR Worlds is an interesting but inconsistent bundle of smaller experiences, and it’s full of games that feel too beholden to the tech demos that they’re derived from. The London Heist cries out for a few more set pieces, Danger Ball could be bettered with multiplayer and more variety in gameplay, and it’s only really Scavengers Odyssey that feels like it’s getting close to the size and scale of a full release in its own right – even that ends on a cliffhanger of sorts.
PlayStation VR Worlds is a game with really high highs and really low lows. Ocean Descent and The London Heist are great introductory VR experiences that I think everyone should try, whether they're into games or not. Their biggest downfall is that they're both really short. Scavenger Odyssey, on the other hand, just made me motion sick. Overall, its a collection of novel but insubstantial tech demos.
It feels like PlayStation VR Worlds has two very good games buried within it that have been stripped back to demos. Rather than being amazing, indulgent main courses, they’re bite-sized chunks thrown into a pick-and-mix.
The truth is pretty simple: PlayStation VR Worlds should have been included for free along with every PlayStation VR unit sold, in order to introduce people to the wonders of Virtual Reality. Under those conditions, this decent example of simple and disposable fun would have made a lot more sense (after all, as they say, "you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth"). At 39.99€ it becomes harder to recommend this hit & miss compilation.
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It’s a shame these four games and one sightseeing trip aren’t sold separately, because as a mismatched hodgepodge it’s a lot harder to recommend as a whole than the good parts would have been on their own. The entertaining shooting gallery and drama of The London Heist carries the other three short and less interesting games and the passive Ocean Descent, and is likely the only one I'll remember.
PlayStation VR Worlds is intended to raise belief in its accompanying hardware. And it does; once for each of its five technical showpieces. Afterward that high is only reached through a vicarious transfer from newcomers, positioning VR Worlds' potential as a dramatic flash instead of an imposing statement.
PlayStation VR Worlds impresses with its cinematic experiences and arcade thrills, but its lack of replayability means it should have been included free with the PS VR headset.
PlayStation VR Worlds is one of the least interesting launch titles for PlayStation VR. And not because the five experiences it contains are poorly developed. Yet, their brevity almost disarming, and in the end it's impossible to feel satisfied by a collection of tech demos.
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PlayStation VR Worlds is a decent collection of demos that you probably want to own as they’re an excellent way to show off VR. It’s such a pity that these experiences, as much potential as they show, are too brief to be worthwhile.
PlayStation VR Worlds is a great idea, but essentially it's just a bunch of completely separate tech demos that have been chucked together and branded as a game. There's a lot of promise in the concepts explored, but none of them have really been fleshed out properly. If you were wanting to demo PSVR to an event visitor, it's great, but this is a pricey novelty to play at home.
The collection of games in PlayStation VR Worlds will satisfy, if itls your very first PS VR experience, but you'll soon realize that there are already better alternatives out there.
PlayStation VR Worlds does a great job of showing off Sony's tech, but the experiences contained in this collection are far too slight to be anything more than sideshow attractions. If you're looking to make the most of PSVR, you're better off buying full games than a modest collection of tech demos.
I'll be showing off London Heist and Scavenger's Odyssey to just about everyone that asks me about PlayStation VR, but those are worth about $10 each. Wait for a price cut before grabbing PlayStation VR Worlds, or better yet, just enjoy them with your PSVR bundle and skip the rest.
All up, the disc is forgettable and not worth your time, unless you’re keen to have a showreel of VR’s greatest hits for visitors. Move on to Until Dawn: Rush of Blood or Batman: Arkham VR instead.
PlayStation VR Worlds is messy attempt at repurposing tech demos into a retail package. While there's no doubt that The London Heist is among the best that Sony's headset has to offer, Ocean Descent is short-lived and Danger Ball won't hold your attention much longer. VR Luge is a nice idea that demands a more precise control scheme, while Scavenger's Odyssey will leave you reaching for your sick bucket. There's some amazing presentation and tech on display here, but despite London Studio's best efforts, it never really comes together as a complete, cohesive package. And while it's undoubtedly left us excited to see which worlds the developer will take us to next, it's hard to shake the feeling that these ones are nothing more than proof of concepts.
A disappointment. That's how I'd sum up PlayStation VR Worlds in a single word. It's a collection of great ideas that could truly throw you into the magic of PlayStation VR, were it not for the feeling that they're half-arsed attempts at what should have been full standalone games.
Coming with five short and largely forgettable experiences, it would’ve been the perfect free pack-in with the headset, but as a costly product, it’s hard to reccommend when other VR games have already vastly surpassed its offerings.
In short, it’s a demo that you buy, and not even a good demo. The only reason it’s getting any attention or a modicum of praise right now is because it’s a launch title with little competition. In time, this thing deserves to be looked back upon with only scorn.