Month in Review: December 2018’s PS4 and PSVR Reviews

December wasn’t the busiest of months for us lot here at Pure PlayStation, especially when it comes to reviews. That being said, we still managed to put out over a dozen reviews for you to have a look at. If you somehow missed our reviews this month (blasphemy!), fear not as they’ve all been curated into a handy list down below, along with a snippet from the review itself. You can read the reviews by clicking on the name of the game itself.

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Review: Arca’s Path – PS4/PSVR 

“Arca’s Path is a delightful virtual reality journey that I’m truly surprised I enjoyed so much. All you do is use your head to control a ball around levels and obstacles yet there’s something weirdly addicting to it. Not to mention intuitive and relaxing. The only true problem I had with the title was a terrible bleeding effect into the real world after a play session. I had to fight the sensation of wanting to look away at objects I wanted to pick up or approach. Still, this three-hour experience is another virtual reality game that all PSVR owners should consider purchasing.”

Review: Neverout – PS4/PSVR

“Neverout is a great PSVR puzzlers that’s worth a look if you’re searching for a brain-aching challenge. Taking full use of the extra dimension, Neverout is creepy, challenging, and claustrophobic in every sense. It’s a shame the unique setting couldn’t have been better utilised with a bit of a narrative, but maybe that’s just me – it is a puzzle game after all.”

Review: Assassin’s Creed Odyssey – Legacy of the First Blade: Hunted – PS4

“Legacy of the First Blade episode 1: Hunted is an excellent start to the season pass content. This distinctly darker tale, embodied by the sinister and enigmatic antagonist ‘The Huntsman’, poses some introspective moral questions while further fleshing the origins of the assassin’s with Darius’ story. A handful of worthwhile side missions and a new mysterious organisation to dismantle in the Order of the Ancients round out this 4-5 hour experience.”

Review: Earth Defense Force 5 – PS4

“Earth Defense Force 5 will satiate all of your giant space insect (and reptile) blasting needs. Its outdated visual presentation and fantastically melodramatic voice acting imbue it with a great deal of pulpy charm. Accessible and arcadey, its simple gunplay is immensely gratifying and even more fun when shared with friends, yet monotonous missions and a bloated campaign diminish the appeal of this otherwise entertaining and wholly ridiculous sci-fi shooter.”

Review: Override: Mech City Brawl – PS4

“Override: Mech City Brawl brings giant mechs, aliens and cityscapes together in a dance as old as time. Its excellent control system successfully simulates the feeling of piloting a mech, and the game’s satisfying combat strikes a perfect balance between accessibility and complexity. A diverse roster of mechs keep combat engaging through a brief campaign, competitive modes and a unique co-op experience which sees up to four players piloting one mech.”

Review: Spyro Reginited Trilogy – PS4

“Spyro Reignited Trilogy offers great value for money with three fantastically presented remakes of classic games. The quality-of-life additions are a nice touch, too, as is the option for dynamic music. The performance could have been a little better, but if you played these games on the original PlayStation then you’ll no doubt be able to look past the very few shortcomings this collection has.”

Review: Guns ‘n’ Stories: Bulletproof VR – PS4/PSVR

“Guns ‘n’ Stories: Bulletproof VR does the guns well and the stories superbly. It’s only let down by its poor visual presentation, something that other versions of the game don’t suffer from. If you can look past the issues that’ll be staring you in the face, you’ll get a good laugh out of the game.”

Review: Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales – PS4

“Thronebreaker isn’t completely the Gwent I knew and loved, but after learning the new rules and ways I found myself having fun. For all about ten to thirty minutes before I was crashed back to the PS4 dashboard with a blue screen. Not in all my life had I experienced a title die like this before and actually make me worry about the health of my gaming console. Art design, voice acting, and the basic traversal around the world did a great job bringing a simple card game to life. It’s just that all of them were smothered by the color blue.”

Review: The VideoKid – PS4

“The VideoKid is a fun and addictive take on an arcade classic. Filled with challenging gameplay and a barrage of nostalgic references to pop culture, this 80s themed homage to Paperboy is worth a go.”

Review: Just Cause 4 – PS4

“Avalanche Studios clearly tried doing something different with the Just Cause series and added some new flavor to Just Cause 4. It’s a shame none of the additions really fit or handled properly. The story wasn’t well told, gameplay gravitated away from proper destruction, and just things that make the title look like it’s from 2008. If Just Cause 4 is like this because the developers are running out of ideas, it might be best to retire the series and move on to something else.”

Review: Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden – PS4

“Mutant Year Zero mixes exploration and stealth with turn-based strategic combat for a fresh, fun and exciting romp through the apocalypse. A must-play title that I wasn’t expecting, but can’t wait to get back to.”

Review: Gungrave VR – PS4/PSVR

“Gungrave VR is actually one of the rare virtual reality titles that fails to have anything minutely interesting to it. Like there was no reason for this to be a PSVR game other than to be a distraction on how bad the game is. The nonexistent story is one thing, but broken, uninspired, and basic gameplay is another. Don’t play this game. Even if you receive a virtual reality headset and this title for free.”

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