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Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV has its own virtual reality quirks, but the game is much more than the sum of its parts. Monster of the Deep may be the first PlayStation VR game that I would recommend across the board to anyone with the hardware to play it. However, anyone who has played a good amount of Final Fantasy XV will get more out of the experience than others.
It's undeniably a weird package, but Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV manages to make its eccentricities work for it, rather than against it. Not only is it the best fishing game I've played in virtual reality, but it's also a true delight for Final Fantasy fans. Getting to see these iconic characters and creatures in a new way is simply fascinating, and it has me delighted at the prospect of future Final Fantasy virtual reality titles.
It's a relaxed, laid back and generally amusing side story to the Final Fantasy XV universe, and it throws some great variety and boss battles into the gameplay mix. It's not the essential VR experience, but it is a delightful little game that fundamentally benefits from the VR platform.
Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV has a few technical flaws, but at its core it is a very fun and lengthy fishing RPG. This VR game comes highly recommended to even those who did not like the original Final Fantasy XV thanks to its ease of play and in-depth character customization. Fans of the original titles will find much to appreciate here, like the frequent cameos of the cast and the ridiculous unlockable outfits. This is one for the few PSVR games that feels like a full game and not a tech demo with dumbed down gameplay. Even if this was not a VR game, on its own merits there is nothing like Monster of the Deep thanks to its delightfully weird hodgepodge of game ideas. This was a game nobody expected to be good, yet in spite of the odds, Square Enix really did deliver one of the more enjoyable VR games on the market.
Monster of the Deep is a lot of good light hearted fun. Whilst there were a couple of little issues with calibration early on, an update fixed that pretty quickly. The minor complaints that I mentioned in the review didn’t effect my enjoyment of the game enough to stop me wanting to play it. All in all it’s a well designed game and I highly recommend this pick up for PSVR owners. It doesn’t matter if your not a Final Fantasy fan as the main fun of this game is the act of fishing. Being Square Enix’s first attempt at VR content, Monster of the Deep is a great start to what I hope will be many more VR experiences from them.
Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV is a fun and rewarding VR fishing game that is bound to attract fans due to it’s Final Fantasy license. Although it has a short story mode, bugs and lengthy load screens that can momentarily take you out of the experience it still had me addicted because of how good it felt to go fishing and interact with people and creatures from Final Fantasy. Combined with it’s relaxing soundtrack, you can easily lose track of time fishing in Eos.
Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV is a chill-ass game, and that's meant to lure in a very specific type of player. Seeing random wildlife from Eos and interacting with the cast was fun, and I feel like the tension of seeing everything in first-person elevates the sometimes rote act of fishing. It's just silly enough to work for the select few that will meet all of the requirements to actually boot it up.
The wonky motion tracking and cumbersome menus may leave you reeling, but Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV is not the gimmicky gag that many expected it to be. This is a hearty package with a surprising amount of meat on its bones, and it's a feast for the eyes in PlayStation VR. Cut corners like 2D cut-scenes do break the immersion somewhat, but relative to expectations, this is way better than it has any right to be.
Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV is a nice fishing simulator with popular characters that lacks a variety of modes and a competitive multiplayer. Still, this is one of the most attractive games for VR in recent times, which should be played by all fans of the genre and Hajime Tabata fans.
Review in Russian | Read full review
Despite some persistent technical issues that dragged down the experience, Monster of the Deep is surprisingly ambitious, and one that I did not expect to enjoy as much as I did. I can only hope Square Enix is able to smooth out the game with subsequent patches because I was a little taken aback at the lack of polish in certain areas of the game.
Diving headfirst into the pool of experiences available on PSVR has had me trying out titles from genres I wouldn't have looked twice at under normal circumstances and, almost without fail, finding that the simple virtue of playing in VR has made these games far more engaging.
Final Fantasy XV's spin-off, Monster of the Deep, is a fishing game that will surely please more the fans of the Final Fantasy series than any other player. Virtual Reality grants advantages to fishing, be it the freedom of movement or the immersion in the environment. However, casting is very difficult and counterintuitive, which takes a chunk of the fun. Graphics are presented in a level of details that the PSVR cannot deliver, which also adds up to an experience that could have been better.
Review in Portuguese | Read full review
Exploring Eos on VR is nice but fishing games are not for everyone. Monster of the Deep works well most of the time but could offer deeper gameplay and better controls to justify its price tag.
Review in Spanish | Read full review
With patches, Monster of the Deep will likely improve, and there's a lot to enjoy here for players for which it does appeal. For most though, this title will be a hard pass.
Monster of the Deep definitely succeeds in immersing players, though fans of Final Fantasy may be left sorely wanting. It comes with a hefty price tag and, gameplay-wise, there's so very little tying Monster of the Deep to Final Fantasy XV even if it does feel like part of the universe.
Once I'd experienced my first fish explosion and got over how thirsty all of the Final Fantasy XV characters were being, Monster of the Deep just felt like a chore.
A disturbing making-friends symulator with Noctis and the gang. You can notice (from behind Cindy's cleavage- some fishing and shooting to sea monsters, too.
Review in Polish | Read full review
Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV is a completely unremarkable game. Outdated visuals and repetitive gameplay make the game difficult to recommend, even for Noctis' fans.
Review in Italian | Read full review
There was so much to hope from Monster of the Deep : its shimmering universe is pretty amazing once equipped with the PlayStation VR, and the game offers a beautiful walk in the land of Eos. Unfortunately, Square Enix's first virtual reality game misses the spot by falling short on ideas : the game repeats the same mechanics from start to bottom. Still, the idea of defeating a gigantic boss using a crossbow before shoeing him offers some satisfaction from time to time, but the adventure itself looks more like a storm in a teacup.
Review in French | Read full review
Monsters of the Deep is a beautiful tragedy in terms of a VR experience. The visuals are stunning and it could have been a great fishing simulation, but ends up being lazy and broken. A fishing VR game is a good idea and the controls may be better with the motion controls, but trying to fish is a hassle even when a sense of consistency is established.