A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Tony Stark is dealing with some consequences of his past actions while working to redeem himself in the present as Iron Man. Players aren't just fighting in the usual "good guys vs. bad guys" for the sake of fighting, but also to protect others that might find themselves in harm's way.
Positive Role Models
Tony Stark is a hero who puts the welfare of others before himself. He's a character that's working to make amends for his past as a weapons manufacturer by instead protecting others from harm, using his intelligence and wealth to benefit the world as a whole.
Ease of Play
There's a bit of a learning curve in discovering how to properly operate the Iron Man armor. It takes time to adjust to the way the palms are used for thrusting, maneuvering, and firing weapons, all at the same time. The VR environment can also be disorienting, especially when played in extended sessions.
Violence & Scariness
The bulk of the game features players in aerial dogfights against a variety of robotic drones. There are plenty of flashy effects and big explosions, but no blood or gore. One cutscene does show Tony's arc reactor getting pulled from his chest, but it's not a graphic scene and there's no blood shown.
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Products & Purchases
The game's based on Marvel Comics' Iron Man character, which has been featured in numerous comic books, movies, cartoons, games, toys, and more.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marvel's Iron Man VR is a first-person virtual reality action game available exclusively on the PlayStation VR. The game is based on Marvel Comics' popular Iron Man character, which has been seen in comics, movies, toys, games, and more. Combat is a staple of the game, with first-person action happening in full 360-degrees. There's lots of explosions and special effects, but no onscreen blood or gore. The controls take practice and patience to learn, and players can potentially get disoriented from the VR environment. The word "ass" is also heard in the dialogue.
Is It Any Good?
We've all imagined what it would be like to be our favorite superhero, like kids that have picked up a hammer or a trash can lid and pretended to be Thor or Captain America. Marvel's Iron Man VR takes this role-play to a whole different level by letting gamers suit up as Marvel Comics' iconic hero, flying into the skies with a front row seat to all the aerial action and comic book thrills fans could possibly hope for. Of course, as Tony Stark himself would point out, it's not easy to be Iron Man. It takes a lot of practice and patience to get the hang of maneuvering around the environment in the Iron Man armor. This isn't anything like a standard flight simulator. Players tilt and position their hands to perform all sorts of nimble moves while also using their palms to aim and fire at enemies. At first, it feels like a chaotic mess, but with practice, it becomes more of an aerial ballet of destruction.
Although piloting the Iron Man suit is a blast, that's not to say there aren’t a few dents in the armor. For starters, the game gets a bit repetitive after a while. While the setup from the story might be different in each stage, players tend to find themselves fighting against the same handful of rogue Starktech drones over and over again. Players should also be aware that, with all the action happening all around and from every conceivable direction, it's easy to get disoriented in the VR environment, especially during longer stints. It's important to take breaks and reacclimate to reality. Finally, watching scenes play out and interacting with characters from Tony's point of view is fun, but the overall plot might not be as deep as one would expect. It feels more like living out a one-shot comic story than a big budget flick from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Still, it's hard to deny the thrill of living out your comic book fantasy and soaring off to adventure, and it's there that Iron Man VR delivers like no other experience could.
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