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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Illustrates benefit of remaining calm, collected in hectic situations.
Positive Role Models
Players assume role of a pilot who does nothing but shoot, destroy everything around him. He never talks, so his motives, rationale are unclear.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, but challenge is intense. Depending on selected mode, players may not last even a minute before being destroyed.
Violence & Scariness
Players use plasma cannons, rockets, bombs to blast rocks, ships, non-humanoid aliens from both top-down, first-person-cockpit perspectives. Defeated enemies explode, disappear.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Super Stardust Ultra VR is a downloadable top-down space shooter that puts players in the cockpit of a ship. Players use sci-fi weapons (plasma cannons, rockets, and more) to attack robotic drones and millipede-like aliens, which blow up and disappear when destroyed. Apart from the arcade-like violence, there's no objectionable content. Parents should 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.
Is It Any Good?
If you already own the previously released space shooter, there's really no reason to pick up this game. The only meaningful difference between the two is that Super Stardust Ultra VR packs in a short little ground-based mode with a first-person virtual reality perspective. But there are other PlayStation VR games that provide a similar cockpit-style combat experience with much more depth plus features like online multiplayer.
That said, if you've never played Super Stardust Ultra, you own a PlayStation VR kit, and you generally enjoy simple top-down space shooters, then the Ultra VR edition might be worth considering. The core mechanics governing the frenetic top-down action are satisfying, and there's no shortage of game types to experiment with should you grow bored of the primary arcade mode. Plus, the fast-paced space-y electronic music is a perfect match for the action and will likely stick in your head for days after you finish playing. As in the original game, players are locked into a more or less fixed aerial view of the planet, which means the VR perspective doesn't really add much. But at least the headset blocks out the rest of the room and helps make the experience a little more immersive.
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