A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Some minor themes of teamwork, using your role to best help your teammate.
Positive Role Models
Although the characters have distinct roles, they're pretty generic in both appearance and personality. These are essentially empty shells for the players to fill.
Ease of Play
Basics of gameplay are easy to get the hang of, though there's plenty of quirks to adjust to, including learning how to angle your shield for defense and switch quickly between your gun and tether lash to help teammates or injure enemies.
Violence & Scariness
Although there's no blood or gore in the game, the sci-fi-styled violence is constant. Fighting against overwhelming odds fills the screen with a steady stream of bullets and nonstop explosions.
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Occasional profanity in the dialogue, and online play also has the potential to expose players to more offensive language in party chat during online games.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Evasion is a sci-fi-themed immersive first-person shooter available for download on PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive VR headsets. Players take on the role of a futuristic soldier defending a mining colony from an ever-increasing wave of invading forces. The game falls into the "bullet-hell" category of shooter, with players fighting nonstop against overwhelming swarms of attackers. This means the violence is constant from start to finish, though it lacks any blood or explicit gore. The story's dialogue does include some mild swearing in character conversations, though it's the online feature that opens up the potential to be exposed to offensive language due to party chat with other live players. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game.
Is It Any Good?
This virtual reality shooter keeps you on your toes with the constant action and battle that you're engaged in from the start, but gameplay can get repetitive after a while. Evasion manages to challenge the expectations that most VR shooters fall into. Either you're planted in one location and shooting at waves of enemies or you're moving along a fixed course, shooting at whatever you see before it speeds by. Either way, it's usually just a shooting gallery with limited mobility. But Evasion gives wide freedom of movement, with players able to charge the enemy, run for cover, and even swing around to deflect enemy fire with their energy shields. Best of all, the movement feels fluid and natural, even when waves of Optera are crashing around at all angles. Admittedly, it can be a little disorienting at times, especially with all the reflexive movements you're likely to have in the heat of battle. It's easy to accidentally move out of the camera's frame of movement and even easier to accidentally get wrapped up in the headset's cords and cables.
Evasion is a great blend of trigger-happy arcade action and strategic gameplay. The four classes feel different and fill unique roles, especially in co-op play. It's innately satisfying to pull off moves together, like holding down an enemy with the Striker's tether while a Warden charges in for an overcharged shotgun blast. Unfortunately, moves like this only emphasize that it's been designed mainly for co-op play. Trying to take on the challenge alone seems almost insurmountable by comparison. Also, without the variety of an extra player, you can't help but start to fall into more of a rut and notice the repetitive nature of the overall experience. The campaign's story feels generic and predictable, and once you finish it, there's not much reason to go back and revisit the story on your own. That's not to say soloing Evasion isn't fun while it lasts, but it's infinitely better when shared with others.
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