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Eve: Valkyrie Review

Eve: Valkyrie is the first game full retail game for PlayStation VR that probably brings the type of experience you’d expect VR was created for - to become a pilot in the middle of space, dog fights and all. If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to fly a spaceship, while trying to defend the galaxy, then Eve: Valkyrie is probably a good representation, although it’s probably wise not to spend too long in the cockpit, especially if you aren’t used to playing virtual reality games.

Using your head to track navigate the games menus, as well enemies during dogfights, Eve: Valkyrie really does place a large emphasis on everything that PlayStation VR has to offer, although it does seem to sacrifice any single player content to focus more on playing with and against others. The multiplayer has you cycle through various game modes such as team deathmatch and control, all of which are fun with their eight vs eight dogfights, although perhaps the most exciting is the Carrier Assault mode, a two part game mode where, as the name suggests, you are trying to take down the enemies carrier. 

The first objective is to get the carrier shields down so your team can launch an attack and if a team can take ownership of 2 Relay Stations they will disable the enemy carrier shields for a limited amount of time. When the shields are down you can then launch an attack on the enemy carrier. Cooling Nodes are vital to the ships defence system, so you will need to fly in and destroy them all in order to move to the next stage of the battle. While on the attack you’ll also need to avoid the carrier’s automated defence turrets, as well as the defending team.

The Carrier Assault mode is fantastic fun to play, especially as you are trying to work as a team to take it down, all while trying to avoid being shot out of the sky by the opposing team, who are doing their upmost to stop you.

The combat in Eve: Valkyrie is a lot of fun, as mentioned, you can use head tracking to take down enemies with the majority of weapons, meaning that as you look around, the guns follow this movement. You also have access to various missiles, although things do tend to change when you gain access to bigger and better ships.

As you get through each game, you’ll be ranked up and therefore earn rewards. You’ll also earn cash, allowing you to purchase new skins and ships, each with different stats and different weapon loadouts, although it is pretty slow to gain new items, even when using the “implants” option, that you can purchase with in game credits or real cash in order to temporarily boost any XP gained during a mission. It does make you wonder if this grind-like progression system is to force people to part with cash or not, although it most likely is. Obviously having a more powerful ship does give you a better advantage, so it’s frustrating that you can’t seem to get hold of these upgrades sooner, without having to splash out.

There is some single-player content, such as Chronicles, where you relive the memories of your pilot over four short missions. There is also the ability to play co-op against the AI, some scouting missions and also a survival mode. In the Scouting missions you search for salvage and echoes without having to fight against the enemy, while in the Survival challenges you are basically fighting against wave after wave of them. To be honest, you will complete all of these tasks quite quickly, meaning that you’ll be back to grinding in the multiplayer for better ships in no-time.

On the presentation side, Eve: Valkyrie looks absolutely stunning. When you first step into your ship you are met with look and feel of a real cockpit and as soon as you get into space it all feels so real. Surprisingly, despite the fact that you’ll be flying left, right and upside down, there was a real lack of motion sickness here for me, which was absolutely fantastic as far as I’m concerned. Everything about the graphics, from the dogfights, lasers and explosions looks very impressive and even when you are destroyed, the look of your cockpit being covered in ice gives you a chill of appreciation.

Eve: Valkyrie is a mixed bag in that the single player is a little lacking and it’s a bit of a grind to upgrade your ship, however when it comes to the actual multiplayer space combat, the game is an absolute joy. If you’ve ever imagined what it would be like to be a space pilot, then look no further, because space combat just got real.

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

(Version Tested: PlayStation VR)


+ Fantastic space combat
+ Looks amazing
+ Carrier Assault mode is great fun
+ Team up with friends in a squad


- Can be a grind
- Optional Microtransactions don't feel optional thanks to slow progression

Edited On 16 Oct, 2016

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Bentleyma 6 Days ago
I downloaded this game for free from the PlayStation Store. I dunno if it was a mistake or not.
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Jason 6 Days ago
I found this to be the best VR i played on RIFT but after a few days I no desire to go back to it what so ever.
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PHILIP 6 Days ago
Another game that I am having drifting view issues with... been on and there are many others with this problem ? anyone else on here having the same ?

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