A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that PlayStation VR Worlds is a collection of five action-heavy mini-games for the PlayStation VR headset. Two of the games are first-person shooters. In one, you're part of London's criminal underworld, shooting other humans with guns and potentially getting shot to death. In another game, it's sci-fi combat against alien creatures. One mini-game lets players smoke a cigar, and there's strong profanity in a dialogue sequence (including the word "f--k"). 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.
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What's it about?
Available as a standalone collection of games or as a hardware bundle with select PlayStation VR units, PLAYSTATION VR WORLDS features five action-heavy mini-games to experience inside of Sony's new virtual reality platform for PlayStation 4. The five games start with "The London Heist," a third-person shooter that has you set out to steal a jewel and take out rivals as one of London’s gritty criminal underworld. "Ocean Descent" lets you dive deep into the ocean to explore underwater secrets, while "VR Luge" lets you compete in illegal street races on your luge board. "Scavengers Odyssey" is a space adventure that has you firing cannons at hostile creatures, and, finally, "Danger Ball" is a Pong-meets-Tron competitive sport of the future.
Is it any good?
This is a decent set of games, especially for action and shooter fans, but without much depth, it's not a must-have title for your VR gaming. For example, "Ocean Descent" is only 15 minutes or so from start to finish. Some games are better than others. Using the wireless Move controllers in "The London Heist" feels great as you engage in shoot-outs (you can use the PS4 DualShock controllers if you like). And a shark scene in "Ocean Descent" is a great showcase of VR for when your family comes over. But "VR Luge," where you steer with your head and without touching controllers at all, feels more like a tech demo than an actual game. "Danger Ball" is fun, because it’s a deadly take on dodgeball, but it doesn’t have much replayability. At least "Scavengers Odyssey," the last game in the pack where you fight aliens, is very enjoyable. Overall, this virtual reality collection isn’t bad, but it’s not great either. There are many other -- and better -- PlayStation VR experiences to justify the hardware investment.
Talk to your kids about ...
Talk about violence in video games. If PlayStation is using this collection of mini-games as a way to introduce gamers to PlayStation VR (virtual reality) experiences, should it have been more accessible to a wider audience?
Talk about mini-games. Do you think any of these games could be built out into a stand-alone game? Should these remain only as a demo of what VR can be?
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation VR
- Price: $39.99
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Sony Computer Entertainment
- Release date: October 16, 2016
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Ocean Creatures, Space and Aliens
- ESRB rating: M for Blood, Strong Language, Use of Tobacco, Violence
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