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Tetris Effect turns the game you know into something you've likely never experienced.
Whole new sensory layers make Tetris Effect the best version of an already timeless game.
Tetris gets the Tetsuya Mizuguchi makeover, to dazzling effect.
A masterful reimagining of Tetris that changes little about the core gameplay but still manages to create one of the most immersive video games ever.
Most of us have had intense moments with Tetris, but Tetris Effect's masterful musical accompaniment makes it emotionally resonant as well
But Tetris Effect isn't simply a game about pattern optimization and reflex-based puzzle solving. It excels at being an experience, one that I will argue is best played on its easiest difficulty level to enjoy untainted by the bitter taste of a “game over.” I enjoy the challenge of perfecting a run, but Tetris Effect resonates more deeply than its high score-oriented roots.
Tetris Effect transforms the classic puzzle game through the power of music. It's hard to put down, and even harder to stop thinking about.
Tetris Effect on PC takes a classic even closer to perfection
Solid Tetris and the unique visual style of Tetsuya Mizuguchi fit together like two L blocks.
Sometimes Tetris Effect dances into the profound: wherein the music, the visuals, and the act of playing Tetris can make you—dare I say it—emotional. Then there's the other side of Tetris Effect, the tedium with instant-fast speeds and hard-to-discern tetrominos in more than just a few levels. Tetris Effect is at its best when it's just normal Tetris, with no strange shapes for blocks; with just the music and visuals to help you drift away as you fall into a flow. In PlayStation VR, that effect is only leveraged, making it a must-own game for the virtual reality platform.