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Review: I'm Batman in Arkham VR For PlayStation VR

Arkham VR for PlayStation VR allows you to become Batman. While it's fun, it feels more like you're being Commissioner Gordon than becoming The Batman. 

Batman: Arkham VR is more of an experience than a full game. There's a reason this game is only $NZD32 on the PSN because it's just to showcase on what can be achieved with PlayStation VR. 

Anyway, the first few minutes of Batman: Arkham VR are amazing. I won't spoil the story for you, but you do get to see the Batcave and it looks great in VR. It really felt like I was going down an elevator and being Bruce Wayne. 

One of the best experiences of the entire game is putting on the Batman suit for the very first time. Bruce Wayne can look at himself in a mirror and it's cool to see "yourself" in a Batman suit. Not to mention you can store all of his gadgets on his belt. 


The game is best played using two PlayStation Move controllers. It feels more immersive this way than just playing on a normal PlayStation VR controller. 

Visually, the game makes you feel like you are in Gotham City. The only downside that I noticed is that looking at the environment and certain character models up close can be jarring at times. You notice more jagged edges via PlayStation VR than if you are viewing it on a normal TV screen. 

However, the character modes do look very imposing as everyone looks large via VR. I don't want to name who you see in this game, but I will say that there are certain times where you will be shocked at the size of everything. 

As for the gameplay, Batman: Arkham VR is not an action game. It features zero combat and you cannot even ride in the Batmobile or Batwing. The game also doesn't allow you to walk because you just hop from one location to the next by using your grappling hook or by pressing one button. 


Batman: Arkham VR is more of a detective style game. You have to find clues and figure out things. It's hard to describe without giving spoilers, but this is why I said this game could have been called Commissioner Gordon: VR at the start...

You will also notice that it's a very short game clocking in at around 60 to 90 minutes long. You can prolong the game somewhat as mini-games and secrets do exist if you can find them hidden in the levels. 

I also want to mention the game is very responsive and I didn't feel any motion sickness while playing it. The head tracking was accurate and I had no issues playing with two Move controllers either. 

Batman: Arkham VR might not feature any action, but I still had fun playing it. It's a great introduction to what the PlayStation VR device can really do. The cheap price also makes it an attractive purchase. 

Verdict: 7.0/10

 

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