Virtual reality games come in many different shapes and sizes. One thing everyone expects is to see a first-person perspective. That is not the case where Theseus is concerned, as the developers opt for a third-person perspective. This novel concept works surprisingly well as far as this Greek mythology-based project is concerned. Sadly, it is yet another brief game most people will wrap up in under two hours.
Theseus Sets the Mood But Doesn’t Deliver
Any game related to mythology immediately gets us excited. This is especially true if that game is available in virtual reality. Theseus is a game for the PlayStation VR community, and it has a lot of potential. If only the developers had used all that potential to create a lengthy game, we would have a different conversation right now. Then again, the use of a third-person perspective certainly deserves praise, as it is extremely well done.
The main reason why this works so well is because it creates a sense of scale. More specifically, you control Theseus, a human character who fights monsters a few times your size. It would be disappointing if this monster only appeared as large as yourself due to a limited first-person perspective. In this regard, a third-person perspective makes more sense, and it makes adversaries look rather spectacular. This effect also works in other areas, such as scaling walls. This game shows VR doesn’t necessarily need a first-person view, even though most players may still prefer it that way.
Even though we had a great time playing Theseus, the game was over pretty quickly. That is one of the major downsides of most VR games these days, as most of them can be completed in two hours or less. Theseus falls into this category as well, which is a shame. Moreover, some of the controls in the game are very frustrating at best, which isn’t helping matters either. While the combat scenes look massive, defeating enemies is quite cumbersome. There is no satisfaction while fighting, which is a big letdown. Despite that, the game is relatively easy and shouldn’t give most players much of a challenge.
While Theseus has a lot of potential, it is evident there are some quirks and issues which make it far less fun and immersive than it should be. Especially when considering the US$15.99 price tag, we expected a lot more, especially in terms of content. Wait for a sale before picking this game up or you may regret the purchase. The high price compared with the lack of content and sometimes frustrating controls make Theseus score much lower than we would have liked.
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