There are a handful of VR games that put you in the cockpit of a vehicle, some allow you full control and others are basically on rails. Thankfully Battlezone is on the former side, and it works well in this format. The freedom of movement is a welcome feature of the game and shows that the developers have tried to provide as full a gaming experience as possible.
You control the game with the DualShock 4, and the left analog stick moves you around as it would do normally. The guns are fired with R2, but you aim by looking at the target and adjusting the height with the right analog stick, it works surprisingly well, and it doesn’t take long before you start to do it automatically. There are 3 main types of tank to choose from the outset, with more to unlock as you progress; Light, Medium and Heavy, all with the attributes you would expect.
The visuals are fairly basic, and things in the distance are very blurry. This seems amplified because you are in open spaces a large proportion of the time. The visuals almost look cell-shaded, and sadly a bit same-y throughout the game. The cockpit is rendered brilliantly, it feels as though it is completely solid, and is definitely amongst the best ones I have seen in VR so far.
You can play online or offline. A hex grid is formed, and each grid section features a mission. You don’t know what will be there unless you unlock a probe which adds a good level of intrigue. There are several missions, defeat all enemies, destroy a base or hack a tower, and some mixtures of these throughout. This game also has a variety of difficulty options, and even on easy it is very unforgiving. Ammo is always in short supply and dodging certain shots can be very tricky.
Battlezone without VR would be a very basic first person shooter, but the addition of the headset supplants this game as one of the best experiences on PlayStation VR. The challenging gameplay with the great rendering of a “battle tank” completely places you in the cockpit and makes you a part of the action. Although a little on the pricey side, it may be worth waiting for a discount to play if you are price conscious.
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