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January 18, 2018

DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles: PSVR Game Review

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Ved Pitre, VR & AR Writer

Have you ever wanted to enter the world of Voltron and get your hands on one of the Lions? This is now possible thanks to Dreamworks’ new VR game, DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles.

DreamWorks Voltron VR Chronicles is a VR experience based on the Netflix TV show “Voltron: Legendary Defender”. It is available on the PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and the Oculus Rift.

This review will be focusing on the PlayStation VR version of the game.

Voltron Virtual Reality

Gameplay

The game can be controlled using the PlayStation Move controllers. Controlling the environment around you is simple and highly responsive. I had no trouble using the controllers during the game.

Most of the game consists of you controlling the Blue Lion. During these moments, there was only one time when I felt any motion sickness. Towards the end of the game, you have to move side-to-side, during this time I felt slightly nauseous.

To control the Blue Lion, you have to control two levers which allow you to move in every direction except backward.

Cinematic scenes are well-crafted but sometimes feel very disruptive. During the cutscenes, the camera moves to a third person point of view.

I wish they would have stuck with the first person point of view throughout the entire game. It would have made the game more immersive.

The game consists of solving puzzles and controlling the Blue Lion. The puzzles were intricate but not too difficult to solve.

PSVR Settings Devices

There is a moment in the game when you are able to control one of the other characters, Princess Allura. However, she is the only other character that you can control which is a huge downside.

This final part is a bit of a SPOILER so you have been warned. At the end, you form Voltron to defeat the final boss. During this time, there is no actual gameplay with Voltron. The final attack on Voltron is all part of the cutscene.

Voltron VR Chronicles Graphics Interface Controller GUi

Graphics

The graphics are high quality and are on par with other non-VR games in the market. While the cutscenes can feel disruptive, they are still very beautiful to look at.

While playing the game, there is smooth transition in graphics quality between cutscenes and gameplay. There are many games where the quality of the cutscenes and gameplay are completely different. I’m glad to say this isn’t the case with this game.


Sound

All of the voice actors from the show reprise their roles in the game. The voice acting was really awesome and reminded me of the show.

In addition to having awesome voice acting, all of the sounds are also in 3D. 3D sounds allow for noise to come from every direction leading to higher immersion. Overall, I did not have any problems when it can to the sounds.

voltron VR Chronicles PSVR

Replayability

The unfortunate part of this game is after the second or third time of playing it, it will get old. The replayability factor for this game is very low. The story is very straightforward and does not leave room for alternate play patterns.

Conclusion

Overall, this game was really awesome and fun to play. However, the experience was less than an hour long and could have been longer. Both the audio and graphics were on par with other high-end games for PSVR.

As awesome as all of that was, it also has several downsides as well. The cutscenes are disruptive because of the switch between the point of views. Another is that you never get to control Voltron, which is half the reason why I wanted to play the game.

Currently, the game is priced at $14.99 on PlayStation Store. The game is very short so I would suggest waiting until there is a sale. But if you still want to check the game out, the link is right here.

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