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Killing Floor: Incursion

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gory VR horror shooter has style, clunky controls.

Game PlayStation VR 2018
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This gory horror-themed VR shooter has some bright moments, but the iffy controls and glitches just make make it a clunky experience. Killing Floor: Incursion highlights one key fact: When VR games are done wrong, it can leave you aching to get back to the real world to nurse a growing headache instead of feeling immersed in gameplay. Movement here feels awkward. Most of the time, you'll use a point-and-click sort of teleportation to move around, which can be good for escaping attacks quickly but can also be disorienting when you're getting attacked from all sides. You can quickly run out of "stamina" too, which is meant to keep you from abusing the teleportation but severely limits your movement. It's also difficult to pick up and use items you find along the way, since inventory management takes a lot of getting used to ... a situation that's worse when you're under constant attack. There are also occasional glitches in the visuals that can break your immersion completely.

As frustrating as Killing Floor: Incursion can be, it's got some promise. It's fun to try out the variety of weapons to see how each operates in its own unique way. For example, using both hands to operate the pump-action shotgun feels vastly different, yet still as effective, as firing off a clip in rapid succession from your pistol. And, admittedly, there's a sort of visceral glee that comes with dropping your weapons and punching your way past a few Zeds. While the game quickly gets repetitive, the additional game modes, such as the Holdout mode and online co-op, help keep things from getting too stale. Finally, in spite of the glitches mentioned earlier, the game doesn't look bad overall. It's pretty detailed, and the atmosphere builds a solid sense of dread. At least, that's the feeling you get from Killing Floor: Incursion if you can avoid the vertigo and headaches the twitchy movement can cause.

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