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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
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What's it about?
MARVEL'S IRON MAN VR gives gamers the opportunity to live the life of everyone's favorite billionaire playboy philanthropist, Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man. You'll suit up as the Armored Avenger and fend off attacks from the mysterious Ghost, a gifted hacker and anti-corporate activist that's out for revenge with Stark and all his associates square in her sights. Using repurposed Stark Industries technology, Ghost takes her vendetta against Stark global by targeting his corporate assets located throughout the world. And when Ghost joins forces with the classic Iron Man villain The Living Laser, Tony's days as a hero might be numbered.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about comic book heroes. What are some of the traits that define the comic characters as heroic? If you could be any comic book hero, who would you be and why?
How does virtual reality change the way people view entertainment? What are some of the benefits and pitfalls of current VR technology?
- Platforms: PlayStation VR
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Release date: July 3, 2020
- Genre: First-Person Shooter
- Topics: Superheroes, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Robots, Science and Nature
- ESRB rating: T for Mild Language, Violence
- Last updated: July 7, 2020
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