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PlayStation VR Worlds Review

Playstation Worlds is one of the most touted PlayStation VR launch titles, although in reality it is a collection of shorter experiences, some of which are pretty fantastic and others, which did not a lot for me really.

Perhaps the highlight and the one everyone is quite excited about is The London Heist, which while likeable, is over far too quickly. In fact most of your time with this game is spent listening to two people talking, shooting some random enemies, listening to more people talking and then firing at more enemies, this time in a moving car. Then there’s one of the most bizarre endings I’ve seen, before it is all over, that quickly and with more of a whimper than a bang, which is a real shame, because what’s here certainly has a lot of potential, if only for the fact that it looks fantastic.

There are certain other tasks you can do in The London Heist, although they aren’t really all that important to carry out. One thing I will say though, is at least the shooting is good, while you also have to manually reload your weapons, which I have to say I liked.

Moving on and one of my favourite experiences from the game has to be Ocean’s Descent. Here you head down into the deep water in a cage, hoping to find what is hidden at the bottom of the ocean. It all starts off nicely, with colourful fish and a tortoise greeting you on the way down, before you ascend to muddier, darker waters, where you find yourself in the dark, before things are lit up again with jellyfish from the deep. Things get interesting later on, when you are attacked by a shark, although unlike other VR games, this didn’t really faze me too much for some reason. Anyway, it’s pretty much over after that, but the experience must last a good 20-30 minutes and you can always head back down if you wish.

VR Luge was the next game on my list in this experience and it personally made me a little queasy. This won’t be the case for everyone, but with such a huge sense of speed as you roll a toboggan down a busy street, controlled only by your head, it’s perhaps best that you lie on the floor to play this one. In fact the many times I’ve seen Sony demo it, they made people do just that.

The graphics in this one aren’t particularly great, although you’ll go so fast, that you’ll be too busy banging into barriers or trying to avoid heading under a bus, to notice.

Danger Ball is probably one of the most fun games in the package. This futuristic looking game sees you move your paddle by looking around and flicking your head to spin. You can also put your head forward for more power. Opponents are pretty tough though, as they’ll counter with all manner of moves, such as throwing duplicate balls back at you or even giant balls.

If you head into Tournament Mode then you’ll have even more fun, with matches always keeping you on the edge of your seat (unless you are standing of course).

Out of all the games, Danger Ball is probably the one you will go back to the most. It’s simple, fun and effective.

The final game in the package is Scavenger’s Odyssey, offering full 360 movement, this was one I honestly couldn’t play for long, which is just as well, because it doesn’t last very long. Jumping from rock to rock in your space exploring mech suit, you’ll head to your destination, looking for artefacts, while killing small alien creatures, moving debris and enjoying the view. It’s a decent enough game, although it’s all over after about 30 minutes and once you played through, chances are you won’t want to be doing it again in a hurry.

Overall, PlayStation Worlds is a decent collection of experiences, but that’s just about it really. Other than Danger Ball, there’s not a lot of replay value here at all and some of the experiences included are fairly disappointing, especially since this comes from London Studios. Still, parts of it do show the potential for VR and at this stage of its life, that’s probably needed.

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

(Version Tested: PlayStation VR)


+ Danger Ball is great fun
+ Some interesting moments in Ocean’s Descent
+ London Heist shows great potential for VR


- Too short
- Some uninspiring games included

Edited On 15 Oct, 2016

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PHILIP 1 Week ago
Ocean decent is fantastic the great whites eyes even roll back as it attacks the cage. Danger Ball is my favourite so much fun.
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Yasin 7 Days ago
Good luck to anyone trying to get the Platinum trophy. The VR Luge Gane is im pretty the challenges are broken
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Bentleyma 7 Days ago
All the reviews I've read have said negative things about Scavenger’s Odyssey, but it's my second favorite game in PlayStation VR Worlds after The London Heist. I like that it controls like a standard FPS.
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PHILIP 7 Days ago
London Heist really shows how good they can make a game with the move contollers. Plays perfect no loss of motion tracking at all on hands or headset.
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Turniplord 7 Days ago
@yasin - someone has got it - http://psnprofiles.com/trophies/5358-PlayStation-VR-Worlds
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PHILIP 6 Days ago
@turnip it's bloody hard mate... More of a case of memorization where things are/appear as I don't think It's random but pre determined... rolling under a lorry is brilliant lol
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PHILIP 6 Days ago
@turnip Just thought ... remember you winding me up about VR delivery being delayed till November ? and now you can't use yours till November as your Ps4 camera port is faulty ? Hmmmm Karma has come for you there matey lol
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Yasin 6 Days ago
@turnip yeah i spoke to the guy he gave me some good tips i managed to get the complete all tracks without collision trophy and complete all courses time trial under 1min 45 took me 6 hours fustrating as hell, now the hardest trophy the actual world tour nearly finished it but time ran out on last level, even worse you need to complete the world tour with 10seconds leftover at the end lol really hard
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Yasin 5 Days ago
R.I.P :( This is one Platinum i wont be getting due to VR Luge :( ah well gotta move on i guess , its gonna bug me for a while though

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