Categories
PSVR Review

Batman Arkham VR Review

Arkham VR is mostly a one-and-done deal.

Did I feel like Batman when I put on the mask and played Batman: Arkham VR? Well, partly.

batman_arkham_vr_taking_the_suitThe game suggests using two move controllers for the best experience, but since I was lacking one, I decided to use the controller. Without trying to use the move, I think i can safely say that using the Dualshock 4 is the preferable way. Using the controller on my first playthrough felt normal as trying to get used to the headset itself seems to enough. The game also suggests standing during the game, but you can also sit down.

I will keep this review short, just like the game. You can complete the main story within 1-2 hours. The only hand-to-hand combat happens without your participation but watching Nightwing fight all around you is quite the visual experience.

batman_arkham_vr_crime_sceneIf you have played  the previous Arkham games, you will feel right at home with the experience. Especially when I was using the headset to examine bodies in the morgue, it felt great – like I was getting my hands dirty.

Using the three gadgets is fun. You get to grab the Batarangs, scanner, and grapnel gun off your utility belt and aim them and shoot or throw, just like Batman would. That’s cool until you realize they’ll only interact with very specific things in very specific ways, and the Batarangs have some crazy auto-aim that makes it all but impossible to miss as long as you’re throwing it in the general direction of your target.

batman_arkham_vr_alfredExploring the Batcave is also very simple and reveals a few more things to do. Flying around the cave is fun. Using the bat computer to render a 3D image of characters almost makes it worth the $20 price point.

After completing the game the first time, the Riddler trophies unlock. I know, I know, but these dont suck and there are only 30 of them. Most of them are solved simply by finding them. Also dont worry about making a match everytime, as you unlock all the trophies, all 15 matches will be unlocked.

Overall, I would say Batman Arkham VR is absolutely worth the price and if you are on the fence on whether or not to purchase a PSVR, this game will ease your mind.

PG8_10

(Update)

After writing the review, I played the game the recommended way (2 move controllers and standing). While this does not change the score, I wanted to share my thoughts.

Standing and using the controllers did add to the experience of making me feel like Batman. The move controllers show up as my hands on the screen allowing me to grab things more easily. It also makes it a little bit easier to solve some of the Riddler Secrets. The only issue I had with standing and using the move controllers (other than my feet getting tired) was the placement of the Bat-a-rang on my chest, rather on my side. This may seem like a minor issue considering I think it makes it easier to throw them while target practice, but when looking down to place the other items on and off the tool belt, the bat-a-rang seems to be right in your face. Again, this is a minor issue. It should also be noted that if you are using the move controllers, you must play the game standing.

Watch the trailer below

Categories
Playstation 4 Playstation 4 News Playstation VR News Sony

Batman: Arkham VR Released Today

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced the release of Batman: Arkham VR, the very first virtual reality experience that allows fans to become Batman, as well as explore Gotham City and Wayne Manor like never before. Developed by Rocksteady Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham trilogy, Batman: Arkham VR is based on DC’s core Batman license and is available exclusively on PlayStation VR for the suggested retail price of 15.99.

In June, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced Batman: Arkham VR to excitement from fans all over the world and soon went on to win the first ever E3 Game Critics Award for Best VR Game.

“Just when we thought we were done with Arkham, virtual reality pulled us back in. It was a game changer for the team because we could put the player inside this universe for the first time and let them become The Batman,” said Sefton Hill, Creative Director, Rocksteady Studios. “It’s been amazing to see the reactions of players as they descend into the Batcave, don the cowl and delve into an emotional mystery. Batman: Arkham VR really is an experience like no other.”

Batman: Arkham VR allows players to plunge into the Dark Knight’s universe and experience Gotham City through the eyes of the World’s Greatest Detective.  Delving deep into an all-new Batman: Arkham mystery, those who enter this virtual reality world must think like Batman and utilize his legendary gadgets to unravel a plot that threatens the lives of his closest allies.

“Rocksteady has embraced virtual reality with Batman: Arkham VR and innovated upon the franchise so that fans can really immerse themselves into this beloved Batman: Arkham world,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  “The game truly places players into the role of the World’s Greatest Detective unlike any other form of entertainment and it is a high-quality VR experience.”

Batman: Arkham Knight is rated PEGI 18. For more information or to join theBatman: Arkham VR conversation, please visit www.batmanarkhamvr.com or find us @BatmanArkham on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Check out the “Wear the Cowl” trailer below:

Categories
Podcasts Trophy Whores

Trophy Whores 262 – Ride Out the E3 Aftershocks

The Trophy Whores have a lot to talk about this week, so let’s get down to brass tacks. For most gamers, E3 week is like the holiday season, with many gifts delivered daily. Held annually in Los Angeles, E3 showcases software that players can look forward to in 2016 and beyond. If you play video games, June is easily one of the best months of the year.  The expo spawns a massive amount of news, so the Trophy Whores have called in reinforcements to help dish out the tastiest tidbits and stories.

Lucia rejoins the crew, as they tackle the biggest PlayStation news from E3, including the Trophy Whores’ E3 predictions. If you enjoy going to a buffet and filling your plate with as much mediocre food as possible, then you will gorge on the amount of news that is about to come out of the E3 kitchen. Like servers, the Trophy Whores are here to deliver the news to you as quickly as possible – with as few hairs in the Sony stew as possible.

Join the Trophy Whores as they discuss, among other things, Spider-Man, Crash Bandicoot, Days Gone, God of War, Death Stranding, Resident Evil 7 and  Detroit: Become Human.

Regardless of how you feel about Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo, everyone wins during E3. It’s a great time for the video game industry, as the amount of news that explodes onto the television and the Internet is akin to the amount of rain that falls from the sky during the monsoon season.

We appreciate your support (and your ears)!

Please subscribe to the Trophy Whores feed in iTunes or RSS and please leave a review. We won’t give you cookies, but it will help us make the show better.

You can find us on Twitter: @TrophyWhores  and @ProvenGamer

You can also email us at TrophyWhores.

If you wish, you can always download the show here – Trophy Whores 262 – Ride Out the E3 Aftershocks