I don’t even know where to start with this review of Cavernous Wastes for PS4/PSVR – something that could be said for the game itself. Once I booted into the game, I had no idea what I was supposed to do, where I was supposed to go, or what the purpose of my being was. It was a mess from the start and it never really got better as I progressed.
I’ll have to be honest and confess that I didn’t finish the game. Why? Well, I don’t know how to, for a start, and also it’s just so boring – even with the PSVR headset strapped to my noggin.
Cavernous Wastes is playable as a PSVR game as well as a traditional 2D game, not that either is any better than the other. In fact, I didn’t like the VR gameplay one single bit. After just a few minutes of guiding my drone-like vehicle through the bland and boring caves, I was ready to empty my stomach onto the floor. There’s no real reason for this to exist as a VR game as it doesn’t add anything to it, other than the feeling of extreme nausea.
From what I’ve been able to make out, Cavernous Wastes wants you to roam its caves and collect bits and pieces that reward you with journal entries that tell the game’s story. The only problem is that there’s absolutely no guidance so you’re left wandering the caves – all of which look the same – in the hope that you’ll stumble upon something of worth. More often than not, you’ll hit a dead -nd, turn around, mooch for a bit, then hit another dead-end. It’s frustrating to say the least and it didn’t sit well with me at all.
There’s some light combat with floaty drone things, but it’s about as uninspired as one could imagine; there’s no challenge at all and they seem to be there just so the game can claim to have shooting mechanics. They serve zero purpose.
Are there any redeeming qualities to Cavernous Wastes? In short, no. The graphics are piss by any standard, the gameplay is dull, and by the time I’d decided to call it a day with the game, I was questioning its existence. I’m normally quite thorough with my reviews – most span some 1000 words – but I’ll save us all the bother and end it here. The less you have to read about this game, the better.
Overall - Offensively Crap - 1.0/10
Cavernous Wastes is an aimless mess of a game. It looks bad, it plays bad, and even the novelty of having a VR mode can’t save it. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to recommend that you give this one a wide berth. The only redeeming quality is that it runs, other than that, it’s just not worth your time.
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