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Beat Saber – VR

“It’s right up there with the best of the best.”

★★★★★

I hope that if you have a Playstation VR that you’ve already played Beat Saber at least once, if not then we need to have a serious conversation.

Even if you haven’t, no doubt over the years you’ve dabbled in things like Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Dance Dance Revolution, even Fruit Ninja. This my friends is next level! Of course, if you like Star Wars there’s the added advantage of sabers.

I didn’t discover Beat Saber on my own, leading up to Christmas 2018 I’d seen a few advertisements for it on the Playstation Facebook page, but I never clicked on it. Then when I went to visit my family for the holidays my brother enlightened me… and the rest as they say is history.

Now, I’m not nearly as good on it as he is, but I do alright… I’ve progressed from easy to medium to hard mode – and I will conquer expert one of these days, and then the dreaded new ‘expert +’, but that’s a problem for another day.

Seeing him play it even without being inside of the VR at the time made me want more. Then when I first went into the game I was ready, motion controllers in hand, headphones in (I’d strongly recommend using headphones for the full immersive experience) I picked a song at the recommendation of my brother and off I went, cutting blocks left and right, moving from side to side, ducking and flailing around.

It is amazing, the interaction and impressiveness is incredible it’s right up there with the best of the best, it’s one of the best PSVR games out there at the moment.

Also, I’ll tell you this now, the game is a workout, as I’m writing this my arm muscles are feeling the 2 hours I’ve just spent playing on it and I’ve almost tripled my workout goal on my Apple Watch. It was all worth it, because I achieved something that I set out to do today, finish Angel Voices on 100% on hard mode.

Check that out on my YouTube channel or watch it below

Playstation VR

It may be my favourite purchase so far.

Recently, I impulsively bought a Playstation VR (PSVR) to go with my PS4 after wanting one for so long. After using it for a while it started to feel like what I imagine the technology in Ready Player One felt like when it was first developed, while I know the technology gap between our world and the OASIS is still quite a big one, it’s definitely on its way, and I’ll be interested to see what things are developed over the next decade or so – hopefully some haptic gloves.

I can honestly say that I love everything about virtual reality and I am looking forward to more games becoming available. Currently I have two full games: one being Skyrim and the other Until Dawn: Rush of Blood. Skyrim, while it is amazing game in itself there are some visual aspects of it that could do with some fine-tuning for VR users. Although, I can’t deny the fact that having several frost spiders run at me in VR is a little bit terrifying and looking up to the Aurora Borealis while wandering the mountains is peaceful and insightful. It’s definitely heading in the right direction, and I’m looking forward to fighting dragons while fully emerged. Rush of Blood however, I knew this going in to it, it’s not for those with a fear of clowns. While I myself am not really scared of clowns that much this game has made me a little more fearful, just like American Horror Story: Cult did. But you know, if you’re a fan of having psycho clowns lunge at you in the dark while you’re on a flimsy wooden roller coaster then this is the game for you. The roller coaster bit is a fun experience alone and makes you feel like you’re on one, the stomach flipping alone can convince you of that.

Along with the games I also have some VR experiences to enter in to.
There is something about emerging yourself into other worlds that I find relaxing and in a way, eye-opening. I recently ventured into Chernobyl  through the VR Project and wandered around Pripyat and it’s ruins with my virtual guide, it was incredible – seeing the long since abandoned theme park in real life is one of my dreams and this gave my a glimpse into it. The view across the city was nothing short of amazing, it makes you wonder what it was once like to live in or what it would have been like if the disaster could have been avoided.

To enhance my experience I have also bought the Playstation Move controllers – playing Rush of Blood with move is a lot better than using the Dualshock 4. When using DS4, you have 2 guns, each controlled by half of the controller, whereas when you us the move controllers you have more freedom, each gun is separated, allowing you to flail your arms around violently trying to ward off killer clowns.

I’m sure in time I will have more to share about the VR as it continues to grow, but for now, this is it.

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