A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bravo Team is a first-person shooter game played in virtual reality (VR). While players are fighting enemy soldiers in a fictional country, they are realistic-looking human fighters. There's blood and gore in th game, with enemies killed by being shot by a pistol, rifle, machine gun, and other firearms. Some non-playable scenes also show violence, including neck snapping, stabbing, sniping, and strangling. While players can get used to the controls, the limited range of movement could frustrate some. Parents should be aware, too, that virtual reality equipment makers don't recommend VR experiences for kids under 12 due to the potential impact the technology may have on younger players' physiological development.
What's it about?
BRAVO TEAM is a tactical first-person shooter for PlayStation VR. When your escort mission goes wrong and results in the president's assassination, a country threatens to tear itself apart -- which is where you come in. Playing solo or via online two-player co-op (cooperative play), your goal is to work with your teammates and eliminate the enemy soldiers before they can take over the country. Through firepower, taking cover (including ducking and leaning around corners), and communicating with your team (with support for verbal communication to discuss tactics), the game has a look and feel of an action movie, with you as the star. This PlayStation VR exclusive requires a PlayStation Plus membership for online play. A PlayStation VR camera and DualShock4 controller is also required, or PS Move controllers or the PS VR Aim controller.
Is it any good?
While this arcade-like military shooter is immersive, the repetitive gameplay and poor production values ruin the overall action experience. Bravo Team isn't very good, for a few reasons: First of all, the storyline, dialogue, and voice acting is just horrible, and you'll notice this immediately. If virtual reality is supposed to immerse you into the action even more than seeing the game on a TV or PC screen, all suspension of disbelief is shattered because of the silly narrative that kicks things off.
When it comes to the gameplay, which has some memorable moments, it's overall very repetitive. Most of your time will be spent hiding behind cover, popping up to line up your shot and pulling the trigger, and deciding when to move forward, reload, or duck for cover. But don't expect to move wherever you like, because your cover points are preset by the game's "on rails" limitations. Then, when it's time to run forward to a new position, the camera angle shifts from first-person to third-person view, breaking the immersion (again). Also, for most of the game, you have only two guns, but you acquire two others near the end of the game. Why not introduce them sooner? Why not add other weapons, too, like grenades or time bombs? Visually, the game isn't too impressive, with repetitive environments (in color and design), and soldiers that tend to look the same, too. An orchestral score tries to add to that action movie vibe the developers were going for, but it doesn't do much to move the needle. On top of it all, the game is relatively short (at about 3 to 4 hours), but you can play it again with an online friend, cooperatively, if need be. Between very average gameplay and mediocre production values, there isn't much here to sink your teeth into. Many VR gamers are waiting for more content to justify the purchase of the hardware, but this just isn't it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Does the violence in Bravo Team have a greater impact because of the immersion of virtual reality?
Talk about screen time. How do you set good screen limits when the immersion of VR prevents you from easily seeing a clock or paying attention to the outside world?
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