Robinson: The Journey is one of the best looking VR games out at the moment which should come as no surprise seeing as Crytek are well known for developing amazing looking games. It also comes with a lengthy amount of playtime which is welcoming considering a lot of other VR games available can be more on the bite-size variety but this is also why the game is at the $60USD price point. The game uses the DualShock 4 controllers in place of the Move controllers one would be used to when it comes to playing VR games on the PS4, so actions such as climbing are done by using the trigger buttons. Crytek has mentioned Move controller compatibility is a possibility but it would require a lot of work so it hasn’t been confirmed as of yet. Personally I find the game plays great on the Dualshock 4 controller so I am not too worried if the Move controller support doesn’t eventuate.
There’s an interesting article on what went into the game in this dev article by Tom Deerberg, the Lead 3D artist for Robinson: The Journey.
You play as a young boy who has crashed on a planet inhabited by dinosaurs with a floating robot as your companion, whom can get a bit annoying at times. The main objective of Robinson: The Journey is to find other survivors and escape safely. Throughout the game you will come across many puzzles, some of which can be quite tricky as there’s not much hint as to what you should be doing to progress. Lots will involve you picking up items and moving them to other areas and sometimes your robot companion doesn’t really assist you at all. So if you aren’t a person who generally enjoys puzzle games you may want to give this one a miss.
The climbing mechanics work well in the game but by the end of the playthrough can get a bit annoying, the tip in this game is to take regular breaks, as with most VR games, to avoid nausea. To climb, Robin’s floating hands will get ready to grab an object that is climbable, then you use the L2 and R2 trigger buttons on the Dualshock 4 as your left and right hands. The comparison between the PS4 and PS4 Pro version is very minimal, so you won’t be missing out on much if you haven’t made the plunge and upgraded your Playstation 4 yet. Such things as greater view distances and lighting has slight improvements but that’s about it.
All in all it’s a decent VR game and we look forward to see what Crytek has in store for us next time.
+ Amazing Graphics
+ Decent amount of gameplay
– Annoying puzzles
– On the pricey side