There are many different types of VR games which will attract a loyal following. In the case of Time Machine VR, which we played on the PlayStation VR, you will be left with a fair amount of mixed feelings. The game focuses on underwater creatures in the prehistoric age, which is a pretty awesome theme. At the same time, the game falls short in some aspects, which makes the experience far less enjoyable. Time Machine VR costs $9.99 at the time of writing.
Time Machine VR is Hit and Miss
Although we do like the general concept of Time Machine VR, it is far from a perfect experience. There isn’t much background story to go by, other than how humanity is all but wiped out. Your goal is to travel back in time to find an antidote of some sorts. Surprisingly, the best era to find it is the Prehistoric age, which means you will encounter a lot of strange creatures along the way. It is a sufficient explanation to get things started, but there isn’t much else to keep you entertained in this regard.
Throughout the game, players will be greeted with a mix of normal gameplay and live action sequences. These sequences, while mildly enjoyable, also feel low-cost at best. It is very difficult to take this game as seriously as it should be, but it is better than nothing, in the end. A major missed opportunity by the developers, but it isn’t exactly game breaking either.
Graphics in Time Machine VR are also “meh” at best. Nothing really stands out and some textures look downright ugly. For people watching you play without a VR headset, things will look even worse on any type of monitor. These graphics don’t interfere much with the exploration you have to do, but it’s something worth taking into account. The odd creatures you will encounter all look decent enough, but not nearly as immersive as they could or should be.
Although one could argue Time Machine VR is an educational game, it certainly doesn’t feel like one. No kids will enjoy this game due to its dark nature and the slew of animals getting killed by bigger predators while you traverse the underwater environment. Although we personally like this approach, it may turn off a lot of other players. From an entertainment point of view, the game loses most of its appeal after the first 30 minutes. It is still a pretty interesting experience, but everything feels very restricted more often than not.
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