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Golem (VR)

Rating Summary

Based on 11 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

57

Top Critic Average

30%

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General Information

Available on:PlayStation VRNov 15, 2019

Publisher: Highwire Games LLC

Genre: Action

In Golem, you enter a mysterious storybook world and take the role of Twine, an adventurous kid who has been seriously injured in an accident. Even though you are unable to leave your bed during your recovery, you never stop dreaming of exploring the outside world. That is, until you discover that you have the ability to create and control stone creatures called golems, seeing through their eyes and controlling their actions. Hone your skills to defeat the hostile golems of the Silent Watch, uncover hidden treasures and powerful artifacts, and investigate the secret connection between the city and your family’s mysterious past.

Golem (VR) Trailers

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Golem - Lullaby Trailer | PS VR thumbnail

Golem - Lullaby Trailer | PS VR

Golem - PSX 2017: Gameplay Interview | PS VR thumbnail

Golem - PSX 2017: Gameplay Interview | PS VR

PlayStation Experience 2015: Golem Conversation | PS VR thumbnail

PlayStation Experience 2015: Golem Conversation | PS VR

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Golem (VR) Reviews

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A game of exploration and combat that's hamstrung by PlayStation VR's unreliable motion-tracking and a movement system seemingly designed by someone who hates you.

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I play as Twine, a young child who was bedridden after an accident in which their older sister was seemingly killed while trying to recover treasure from a temple guarded by a magical barrier. The only beings who can pass through that barrier are giant stone golems, which can be controlled by magic. It's this magic that allows Twine to direct the golems from bed. So you're not just playing as a character; you're playing as a character who is controlling a monster.

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When everything comes together, Golem has some of the best PlayStation VR combat I've played, and a story worth hearing. When it's off, even a little, frustration follows. If you can tolerate backtracking and don't mind dealing with occasional VR tech idiosyncrasies, you're gonna have a grand time.

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I haven't bailed out on a VR game in a while, and only the most severe of nausea will cause me to eject completely rather than grind it out over time, but Golem is just painful to play. There's too many games that have done it cleaner, and with better motion mechanics -- play them instead.

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