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RIGS Mechanized Combat League VR

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Good sci-fi "sports" shooter sparks a few rough tech issues.

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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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