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DriveClub VR Review


We’ve always been big fans of DriveClub, thanks to its high quality graphics and the wonderful support it got after launch. In fact it’s fair to say that it is one of the best driving games of this generation. Well now it has evolved even more, thanks to the release of DriveClub VR.

DriveClub VR can be bought outright, or if you own the season pass you can pay for the VR upgrade. This is not just the original game with a VR mode attached, instead it offers most of the content from the original, including the extensive tour mode, multiplayer and a few new tracks and options too.

Unfortunately for DriveClub VR, it does suffer a little in the visual stakes, with the backgrounds appearing a little blurry with not a lot of detail, which is in stark contrast to the main game in the series, as that quite frankly, looks jaw dropping. The reasons for the looks suffering most likely comes down to the fact that extra power is needed to run it on PlayStation VR. After all, this is a game with a lot of moving parts.


At least DriveClub VR starts so well, with the view from the inside of your cockpit looking quite impressive, especially if you are playing VR for the first time. However, look around about you and graphically things start to fall apart a little, although not that it matters, such is the speed that you’ll be driving along the track, with corners approaching you at break neck speeds. Graphics will be the least of your worries here, especially when you’re car hits a dip in the road and your stomach dips with it. The handling of the cars still feels fairly decent and there are still just as many cars and tracks as you’ll have come to expect from the main game. It’s also fair to say that there’s something quite exciting about being behind the wheel of your favourite cars and that helps make this a very interesting experience, even if other things that we love about DriveClub are gone, such as there being no weather effects.

As if the inclusion of most of what you loved about DriveClub wasn’t enough, New to the VR edition are modes that let you go sightseeing or even allow you to sit in the passenger seat during replays, which is quite a nice touch. If only the scenery was better looking.

The problem with DriveClub VR though is that it’ll likely be a novelty. Sure, it’s certainly a great experience when you step into your car and look at the cockpit for the first time, but after a few races you’ll likely be wanting to return to the more beautiful world of DriveClub, the one that can only really be seen by viewing it on your TV.

Perhaps if PlayStation VR had a little more power behind it (PlayStation Pro Maybe?) then it’d see things improve, however at this time it doesn’t really offer the kind of experience that we hoped it would. Although on the bright side, at least you get to sit inside the cockpit of some pretty special cars and feel like you are driving them too.

You can read our full review of the original DriveClub here.



Words by Joe Anderson
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/XBLA: wotta

(Version Tested: PlayStation VR)

Pros

+ You get to sit inside the cockpit of some fantastic cars
+ Lots of content included
+ The driving is fantastic fun

Cons

+ DriveClub takes a hit graphically
+ Action is quite blurry

Edited On 14 Oct, 2016

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CHRISTOPHER 2 months ago
it made me dizzy tbh
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Bunglefluff 2 months ago
Like i said, when the Pro was first announced, graphics on a normal PS4 with PSVR will be significantly downgraded to accommodate the much higher frame rate needed for VR. The Pro is primarily being released for the boost needed for framerates for PSVR.
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LONIA 2 months ago
No stomach problems at all using a wheel...graphics are blurry tho
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Jason 2 months ago
ps4 really needs a decent racer VR or otherwise its a big negative for the system
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Fear Sinséir1612 2 months ago
OMGawd, it looks pretty pants from the footage provided ^0^ ^0^! Tbf, it seems even worse than Virtual Boy! Nintendo, been there, done that ^0^ ^0^!! Bring on the NX ^0^ ^0^ ^0^!!
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Turniplord 2 months ago
You say some silly things @fear.....
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Jason 2 months ago
To be fair the graphics are pretty naff. This gimmick will be dead in the near future as a gaming medium. Might be used for other things buts whos going to pay vast sums to watch films and things virtually noone so its dead in its current form. Whos gonna buy two hjeadsets to watch films with their missus the whole thing is jiggery pokery and wont last. Bad graphics too expensive motion sickness etc etc its never going to hang around and I think your kidding yourself on if you believe otherwise. Its like weve gone back to 1992 in gaming this is not an advancement of any benefit or use this is not aimed at PS its at VR on every system cool as shit but youve gone past that your left with bad looking crap games in the main. Just why would you keep using you ..I tell you now you wont keep using it and it will die
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Chrissay 2 months ago
The graphics are terrible, can hardly read the odometer inside the vehicle, I just like driving cars
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PHILIP 2 months ago
Have to say the graphics take a major dip with this one.... Maybe the pro may improve it if Sony support an update perhaps... Regardless how bad/good the graphics are this game made me feel very sick within 3 minutes. All other VR games I've played so far I've been fine with but when I lost control of the car on one corner my stomach dipped big time. I was looking over my shoulder on the next lap at the car behind me and as I looked forward and turned the car my stomach knotted again... It's great to be able to look around whole driving but it affected me unfortunately.
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PHILIP 2 months ago
@Jason.... I don't think any form of VR will replace traditional gaming I agree with you there. I disagree with you as it being dead in no time as there is so much enjoyment to be had with this. Ocean descent looks great I know you would like it and the kitchen demo shows how disturbing true horror can be in VR. Shit me up anyway and I dont jump too easily. I am also looking forward to David Attenborough and Eagle flight coming soon... Basically It's just a nice change to be able to play different .... and @fear comparing this to a virtual boy is ridiculous...
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PHILIP 2 months ago
Well it appears there is a very good reason this makes me feel sick. Not sure why but my VR drifts view to the left so I am not facing forward in the VR world. I use the option but to recentre and it's fine in Operating menu but when you return to the game it's right over to the left. Any one else having this problem ? it's doing it on specific games only eve valkyrie another and rush of blood. I've recalibrate head set.. lights... distance potion etc and no improvement. After 3 laps my screen has shift nearly so I am looking to the left making drive club not only motion sickness but unplayable

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