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Parents' Guide to

Westworld Awakening

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Mature VR adventure set in HBO's futuristic theme park.

Game HTC Vive , Oculus Rift 2019
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"Immersive" is a term tossed around a lot when it comes to virtual reality, but in the case of this virtual reality adventure, it's more than just buzz word. In fact, Westworld Awakening almost defines the term even before the VR factors in. The story's engaging right from the start with a tension that constantly builds and a pace that never feels dull. The fact that something could be coming around the corner for you at any minute makes even the simplest puzzles of the game a frantic test of your nerves. Couple this with some fantastic voice acting and a detailed environment, and it genuinely feels like you're living in an episode of the Westworld series.

As a story, Westworld Awakening shines as a cinematic experience. As a game though, and specifically as a VR game, players will soon discover both its best and its worst qualities. For starters, both the default movement and other motion controls are a bit off-putting. You walk/run by swinging your arms rather than moving your legs. It's a bit strange and takes some getting used to, but eventually it starts to feel more natural and almost like you're actually running around. But the biggest obstacle in Westworld Awakening is more in its marketing. From start to finish, the game's only a few hours long with no reason to replay it once you're finished. Considering its thirty-dollar retail price, it just feels like more could have been done to keep players coming back for more.

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