Doom VFR

Game review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Violent, mature VR port held back by hellish controls.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Like its non-VR counterpart, it's strictly a nonstop monstrous bloody gorefest. It's one man fighting against everything hell can throw at him. The only "message" the game offers is survival at any cost.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Protagonist is a killing machine (literally) but still the closest thing the game has to a "positive" character. He knows the threat he's up against, is fighting to keep it from overrunning planet ... and beyond. The few other peripheral characters in the story are self-serving, amoral.

Ease of Play

Game is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled shooter, but transition to virtual reality ends up forcing a change in controls that ranges from difficult but effective to nearly unplayable. No matter how you choose to play, there's a steep learning curve as players retrain on common first-person shooter controls.

Violence

Over-the-top violence from start to finish. Players use all manner of weapons, including sci-fi guns, chainsaws, even their bare hands to eviscerate demons in massive displays of blood and gore.

Sex
Language

Heavy profanity, such as "s--t," "f--k," appear regularly in dialogue.

Consumerism

Includes downloadable content previously available as separate purchases on original console releases. This is also the fourth Doom game, the latest port of rebooted franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Doom VFR is a PlayStation VR and HTC Vive virtual reality port of 2016's horror-themed first-person shooter, Doom. The game is filled with images of hellish environment and grotesque demons, as well as a steady stream of blood and gore. Violence is the central component of the game, with players using a variety of futuristic and brutal weapons to kill the enemy creatures in the most graphic way possible. The game also features regular use of strong profanity in the dialogue. The switch to virtual reality causes the controls to have a steep learning curve, and even those familiar with FPS game will need time to retrain themselves to play effectively.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMark R. January 21, 2018

Great game. Simply not for children.

This is a very violent, intense game. Only for adults.
Adult Written byBrad R. January 16, 2018

Sickening

I'm a 22 year old in college with a lot of gaming experience, and this game is simply awful to play. Very dark, gory, and violent. I would not recommend.... Continue reading

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What's it about?

When the world all around you literally goes to Hell, it can only mean one thing: Doom has finally made its way to virtual reality. DOOM VFR gives players the chance to get up close and personal with all the infernal carnage of 2016's hit first-person shooter. After an experimental research facility on Mars uses its technology to tap into the limitless energy of Hell, it serves as a harsh lesson that some doors really shouldn't ever be opened. Thanks to the machinations of some shady characters, the scientists lose control of the portal to Hell and are quickly overrun by an army of grotesque creatures. You are the only human to survive the demonic invasion … or at least you were until you were killed. Death is only the beginning, though, as your consciousness is somehow transferred into the building's computer system as its last line of defense. Controlling a variety of robotic systems, you're given one mission: Stop the invasion, drive back the demons, and regain control of the facility.

Is it any good?

Virtual reality, when done right, lets gamers get closer than ever to the action and become a real part of some amazingly immersive adventures, but this shooter isn't it. When games miss that mark widely, it creates a frustrating disconnect that can be hard to resolve. Doom VFR falls squarely in the latter category, make no mistake about it. The game looks and sounds great, putting players smack in the middle of a detailed apocalyptic world surrounded by creatures pulled straight from their nightmares. The violence is visceral on a level the needs to be seen to be believed. For fans, this has the potential to be the pinnacle Doom experience. Or at least it does until the minute you start to interact with that experience.

Making the jump to virtual reality meant that certain changes had to be made to the standard first-person shooter gameplay. The biggest change is in movement. Doom VFR ends up making a lot of use of the "teleport" style of movement a lot of VR games currently use. It's a bit awkward in an FPS, but it's manageable. One thing that makes this pill easier to swallow is that it can be used as a weapon of sorts, stunning enemies with a shoulder check on the first hit, then teleporting inside of them and causing a bloody explosion on the second. Movement issues are exacerbated on the PSVR, which has a much smaller range of motion than the HTC Vive due to hardware restrictions. While the developers try to make up for this by offering three different control options (DualShock 4, Move, and Aim controllers are all supported), the harsh truth is that only one, the Aim controller, feels genuinely effective … and it requires players to go out and buy the peripheral if they don't already own one. Even then, it takes a fair amount of tweaking in the control settings before things start to feel comfortable. That's not to say players can't get used to any of the control schemes in time, but it never quite feels natural and therefore takes the player out of the overall immersion.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. How much violence is too much for young gamers? How does the graphic portrayal of violence affect kids?

  • Talk about the benefits and drawbacks to virtual reality. What are some of the ways VR can introduce you to new experiences? What are some of the potential detrimental effects to current VR gaming?

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