Arizona Sunshine

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Immersive gory zombie shooter is a must for mature VR fans.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

It's kill or be killed, little in way of messages, lessons, short of living to see another day. Some elements of teamwork in co-op mode, but even that's just motivated by increasing your odds of survival.

Positive Role Models & Representations

It's you versus undead, pesky zombies aren't much for character development. While they may be interested in brains, it's not for witty conversation.

Ease of Play

Multiple controls schemes, easy to learn.

Violence

Zombies are hungry, you're on menu. You'll get up close, personal with hordes of formerly living, plenty of blood, gore, chunks of flesh flying across screen in front of your eyes.

Sex
Language

Occasional mild profanity in dialogue, plus online nature of co-op can potentially open players up to offensive language from other players.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some references to drug use in dialogue, environments.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Arizona Sunshine is a downloadable, first-person shooter game for the PlayStation VR. The game, previous released on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, puts players in control of survivors of a zombie apocalypse, fighting against the undead in the backdrop of the harsh Arizona desert. The PSVR version of the game features a host of control options, including support for the DualShock, Aim, and Move controllers, as well as enhanced support for the PS4 Pro. Violence is persistent in the game, with players using realistic weapons to fend of waves of undead enemies, many times resulting in graphic splatters of blood and gore. There's some mild profanity and reference to drug use in the game's dialogue, plus the online co-op opens up players to potential offensive language from other players.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJerry_smith July 29, 2019

12+ a good game

Good game with not too much blood or violence it is great for teens and people who are enthusiastic about playing great games. Kids who are mature
Adult Written byGiggity December 31, 2018

It’s really good

It seems very gory but the game is good and if your child is mature then you should allow them to play
Kid, 10 years old March 1, 2021

Not bad

A very great zombie game. It is very easy to learn.
Teen, 13 years old Written byDash Granny February 17, 2021

One Of My Favorite Vr Games!

i havent played that much of it yet but i love what i have played! there are a few things its pretty nasty with gore and a bit scary and a little bit of swearin... Continue reading

What's it about?

In ARIZONA SUNSHINE, players wake up in a cave in the middle of the Arizona desert to a world that's gone to hell. It's a post-apocalyptic landscape in an already harsh environment, but that's not the worst part. It seems that the dead have decided that they don't feel like staying that way. But all hope isn't lost yet. Over a radio, you make out a voice … another living soul that might be the key to finding a safe haven. Of course, standing between you and your potential sanctuary are a few hundred zombies, more than eager to take a bite out of you. You'll have to fight your way through the hordes, armed only with your wits and whatever weapons you can scavenge. With a good aim, a quick trigger, and a whole lot of luck, you might just live long enough to find a way out from under that harsh and deadly Arizona sun.

Is it any good?

This thrilling, engaging shooter is a must for mature VR fans that can handle bloody, gory combat. Zombies are scary enough on their own. Zombies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland are even more so. Now, zombies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland that surrounds your senses? That's a formula for a fantastically frightening and frantic experience, and that's what Arizona Sunshine delivers. Most zombie games are dark and creepy, using the dead (or rather "undead") of night to add to the creepiness. Arizona Sunshine, like the title suggests, eschews this formula by tossing players in the middle of a Max Max like desert wasteland under a scorching and unforgiving sun. Things are generally bright, colorful, and still terrifyingly fun. That doesn't mean there aren't shadows to sneak through, though, particularly with some of the abandoned mines littering the landscape. Either way, you need to keep your wits about you and always be ready to, literally, look over your shoulder.

With a lot of VR games, control can be a sticky situation. Players usually have to sacrifice fluidity for realism or vice versa, and most players are split over which is most important. Arizona Sunshine solves this issue by letting players decide how they want to control the game. On the PS4, using the DualShock or Aim controller gives players more freedom of movement, while using two Move controllers sacrifices that freedom for a unique dual wield feature. No matter how you choose to play, the game is surprisingly responsive. Admittedly, the story falls a bit flat, feeling more like an afterthought than a key element. Co-op play can be a little frustrating as well, especially in some of the more cramped quarters, but it's still good to have someone watching your back. No matter how you cut it, when the sun sets on Arizona Sunshine, the game is a must have title for anyone interested in checking out just what the PSVR has to offer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. How does a more immersive experience, such as VR, affect the impact of graphic violence in video games?

  • Talk about the evolution of gaming. How have games progressed over the years, from arcades of the past to VR and augmented reality experiences today? What are some ways gaming might continue to change in the future?

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