A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
No positive messages included.
Positive Role Models
You are a nameless recruit in the fictional Football Improvement Center (FIC), taught to head-butt soccer balls for various missions. But no background, anything known about your character.
Ease of Play
Simple controls; easy to learn. Game progressively gets harder.
Mild profanity by narrator, including "damn," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
You don't see any beer in cups, but you can play beer pong using your head to bounce Ping-Pong balls into cups.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Headmaster is a downloadable virtual reality game with a simple mechanic: head-butting. You must head-butt soccer balls toward targets in the main game, but then there are a few fantasy scenarios where you're head-butting other objects or partaking in a story mission. There isn't anything offensive in the game other than some mild profanity ("damn," "hell," "bloody hell"). Parents should also be aware 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.
Is It Any Good?
If you go in knowing what this virtual soccer game is, then you'll no doubt have a lot of fun with it. You might not be able to play for long periods of time, because it can get a little tiring head-butting virtual objects for more than an hour straight, but this collection of fun missions is a good showcase for the technology -- and the sub-$20 price point doesn't hurt much. Many will like how accessible the game is to start, as you don't need to hold anything in your hands, but the difficulty ramps up nicely when it starts getting faster, with many more obstacles to avoid and targets to hit -- not to mention additional modes you can unlock.
The fun commentary and silly story about this head-butting club help to keep you engaged, especially as you may or may not be a willing inductee into the Football Improvement Centre. Worth noting is a party mode called "Group Session," where you take turns in the VR headset to compete with friends for a high score. While it won't win game of the year, Headmaster is an example of some of the fun and creative entertainment applications for PlayStation VR.
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