RIGS Mechanized Combat League VR

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Good sci-fi "sports" shooter sparks a few rough tech issues.

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Positive Messages

No positive, negative messages in this game.


Positive Role Models & Representations

No main protagonist. Instead, you climb into various mechs, use their weapons to destroy rival players in this futuristic spectator sport. Nothing known about people who ride these machines.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.


While not bloody, gory, this is a first-person shooter. Rules vary between modes; your goal is to climb into huge mechs, use weapons to destroy opponents, teams with lasers, machine guns, cannons, missiles. Uncertain whether you're actually killing humans piloting mechs as they can sometimes be seen ejecting once they're destroyed.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that RIGS Mechanized Combat League VR is a first-person shooter game. Players climb into giant mechs, who use weapons like lasers and missiles to destroy rival fighters, in this fictional spectator sport. There's no blood or gore, and humans usually eject when the mech is about to explode.

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What's it about?

RIGS MECHANIZED COMBAT LEAGUE for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR is a sci-fi first-person shooter that takes place about 50 years in the future. You're tasked with climbing into a giant mech -- a mechanized and weaponized robot -- to fight against other rigs in huge arenas. While the rules change depending on the solo or multiplayer mode, much of the gameplay centers on aiming and shooting weapons at rival mechs or teams, using lasers, missiles, cannons, and machine guns. Over time you'll select different rigs to climb into. Some might be faster but have less firepower than some slower ones -- or a mech could be small but more durable than larger yet more fragile models.

Is it any good?

This robotic shooter is a lot of fun, especially in VR, but the game has a few issues that are hard to forgive. It's fun to play by yourself, but it's even more so against others, mostly because the rigs' artificial intelligence (AI) is somewhat predictable in the solo modes. Plus, it's not as easy to get into a new machine as it is in multiplayer modes. The problem is that it could be tough to connect for an online match, and when you do, you need to sit through lengthy non-interactive sequences you can't skip through (both at the beginning and end of a match). Some modes are easier to find matches for, such as Team Takedown (deathmatch), but others will just hang without anyone there (like the fun Endzone mode, which is kind of like capture the flag, and Power Slam, which has a basketball flair to it). You'll be tempted to take the VR headset off and wait it out.

But when you're playing, it's super fun -- especially in VR -- with fast-paced matches, huge online arenas to fight in, and great controls. If you play in PlayStation VR, you'll notice the developers did a great job with the responsiveness of the controllers and head-tracking. Visually, the game is colorful and has high-resolution character models, environments, and special effects. RIGS Mechanized Combat League VR is a fun but flawed shooter that could get better with age. How so? Perhaps the developers can improve the game, such as letting players skip through animation sequences, improving AI, and smoothing out the matchmaking service. But at its core, the gameplay is fun, fast, and frenetic, especially while you're wearing the VR headset.

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  • Families can talk about violence in the media. Does this futuristic sci-fi setting make the combat OK, or is the violence still potentially desensitizing to young players? Is the Teen rating an overreaction to the virtual violence, or is the rating justified? Is this game any better than a Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto game?

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