Whenever a virtual reality game with a lengthy name comes around, it usually spells trouble up ahead. The Psychonauts series is well known among gamers, although the wait for a proper sequel to the original game is not over yet. Instead, Rhombus of the Ruin is a semi-sequel bridging the gap between the first game and the upcoming new game in this series. Rhombus of Ruin is a direct sequel to the first game and is now available on the PlayStation VR for the price of $14.99.
Rhombus of Ruin is a Decent VR Game
Fans of the Psychonauts series will immediately take a liking to Rhombus of the Ruin. The game starts off where the first game in the series ended, and the usual gang of misfits is present in VR as well. Your job is to play as Raz – obviously – and join the gang to rescue the Grand Head of the Psychonauts. Players are transported to the Rhombus of Ruin, which is the deadliest part of the ocean. Unfortunately, your party is kidnapped at the beginning of the game, and you are tasked with rounding them up again.
The background story in this new Psychonauts game is as one would expect. It was never intended to be a part of the second official installment in the series, but it is still worth telling. It provides a deeper background to the characters you already know, and also paves the way for Psychonauts 2 whenever that game is released. Moreover, anyone who hasn’t played the original game can still enjoy this VR “sequel” without any issues.
It is important to note Rhombus of Ruin is not an action or adventure platform. Instead, you benefit from free movement in the adventure setting. Players can switch between different characters and creatures along the way, which is pretty interesting. While switching between characters may induce motion sickness, that is not the case with this game whatsoever. A good job by the developers, that much is certain. Sadly, the party’s characters have a little background of their own, as only Raz is fleshed out a bit in this regard. Your enemies are also pretty much identical to one another, which is a wasted opportunity. At the same time, it seems to work out quite well for this particular VR game.
Exploration is not the main objective in Rhombus of Ruin. Instead, the game evolves in a linear fashion, which doesn’t necessarily diminish the gameplay whatsoever. There is enough content to keep players satisfied for quite some time to come. In most cases, two to three hours of content is what one can expect. It is a good addition to the Psychonauts series, although it may not necessarily make people excited about buying the first installment. It is a good game, but nothing spectacular by any means.
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