Virtual reality gaming enthusiasts all over the world will be spending their weekend playing Skyrim VR. That is not entirely surprising, as this is the first major established RPG to be accessible in VR. With over 100 hours of content and all of the great Elder Scrolls atmospheric elements, this game is quickly becoming our favorite. Sadly, the PlayStation VR version is not exactly without some minor flaws either. A future patch should hopefully alleviate most of these problems, though.
Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR Delivers the Goods
It is difficult to describe the sheer joy we feel when playing Skyrim VR right now. People who have never played any of the Elder Scrolls games will certainly want to check it out in virtual reality. If you already own a PlayStation VR headset, there is no reason not to buy it. If you own a HTC Vive, wait for its proper release, as it will hopefully include some bug fixes which still need to come to the PS VR. At the same time, none of the bugs is groundbreaking whatsoever. This game looks and feels absolutely incredible in VR and we will gladly spend another few dozen hours playing it.
The VR version of this game is exactly the same as Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. No content was cut from the game, and you can effectively hunt down dragons as well. Getting used to the control in this game may take some time, as you will accidentally hit NPCs or cast spells on a regular basis. This annoyance eventually subsides, though, but it may need some further tweaking by the developers. Rest assured there will be some minor patches before the year is over to address these specific issues.
Some of the problems in this game go beyond the control system as well, mind you. While the realism is on a level we have not experienced before, it also makes you feel like a clunky robot at times. Moreover, you will see your Move controllers in the VR environment on more than one occasion, which certainly breaks the immersion a bit. Movement occurs through teleportation – as the default setting – which feels a bit jittery. Using the DualShock 4 controller feels a bit more genuine in this regard, but it also makes you feel as if you are not in control of your character to begin with. A bit of an annoying trade-off, that much is certain.
Other than those somewhat frustrating issues, Skyrim VR is an absolute blast and even better than we imagined. It is the most immersive VR game to date and it raises the bar for VR games attempting to tackle this same approach. It is a definite upgrade compared to the regular game, but if may still be worth waiting for the price to drop a bit. Moreover, some users may prefer using the smooth locomotion option to move around in the game, as it feels a lot more natural. Well worth spending a few dozen hours on, even if you finished the game before.
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