Doom PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality Game Review

January 17, 2018
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Doom PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality Game Review

Doom has been a game that’s caused quite the stir in the gaming community for years by keeping gamers on their toes with intense graphics and impossible to defeat enemies. With each version, the graphics have stepped it up a notch, making this highly addictive game a legend in the industry.

Finally, the highly anticipated Doom VFR game is finally here. Doom fans will enjoy a six-hour campaign that features all-new levels that will allow them to take out familiar and new enemies using weapons from past Doom games with some exciting new upgrades. Gamers will enjoy a great arsenal including a Super Shotgun, Plasma Rifle, and BFG.

Welcome to Your Doom

VFR is sort of similar to the Doom reboot in 2016. Players will find themselves on a military outpost on mars that has been overrun by demons, before inevitably descending into hell. When playing, you’ll control a different soldier approximately one year later as he runs the show as the narrator.

However, VFR is a little more complicated than past games. The game’s action-packed moments tend to revolve around enormous battles that take place in multi-tiered areas where a player will quickly find themselves being attacked from every direction. During these intense battle scenes the gamer must rapidly move, spin, and attack in order to survive.

We found that blasting and warping around one of these massive arenas was pretty satisfying as Doom cranks up the danger and the game’s power. Using a freeze nearby foe move and wielding a huge arsenal of weapons, juggling your skills as you blast one powerful demon after another will definitely get your heart rate going.

Using motion tracking controllers will significantly improve the virtual reality experience, allowing for a more realistic shooting and aiming game. This game can be played with Moves, Vive, or Oculus Touch controllers, in addition to the PSVR aim controller. We felt that the Aim controller was the perfect choice when it came to controlling teleportation, however, accessing the weapon wheel can be difficult, requiring the gamer to press the R1 button while gripping the handle.

One of the most ongoing annoying issues we ran into when playing is that charging enemies can often get closer than we’d like, causing us to miss when firing because the gun’s barrel will stick out of the enemy’s back. Instead, you’ll have to hold the gun above the enemy, using a shooting down motion that just feels awkward. Fortunately, to combat this issue there’s a shockwave move you can use, which works well on bigger enemies.

Overall, for a virtual reality game, this Doom version looks very respectable, especially on PS4. While we felt that it wasn’t quite as sharp as Doom itself due to some noticeable pop-in, the game isn’t overtaxing and runs very smoothly. So don’t expect the animated demons to be reduced to pixelated blobs. Inside this PS4 game Doom is the real deal. At least that’s how it feels. Offering a very immersive experience, lovers of the traditional Doom will find themselves craving more of this realistic fighting, slashing and tearing game that can actually make it difficult to return to past versions considering the VFR version offers so much more.

Load times are speedy, which is what you want in any VR game, and the visual and sound quality is nothing short of impressive.

Side Goals are Here to Stay in the Doom Universe

This game continues where past Doom games have left off using Doom’s smart achievement-based side goals for each of the levels. Some of these side goals include accomplishing a large number of kills using powerups such as invulnerability or killing twenty of your enemies using telefrags. Avid Doom players will also appreciate the classic Doom levels included that allows players to blast through levels that are inhabited with upgraded versions of past enemies.

In terms of the right headset, the PlayStation 4 VR headset offers some amazing gameplay.

Pros

During a battle you’ll definitely be impressed with some of Doom’s latest bad guys.

The game’s glory kill moves provides the perfect get health incentive as you teleport into chaos.

This game delivers an epic, harrowing series of battles.

VFR features everything gamers loved about the 2016 Doom reboot including enemy variety, aesthetics, and a powerful weapon arsenal.

When it comes to virtual reality shooter games, VFR tops the charts.

The large arsenal of recognizable weapons and challenging upgraded enemies are a welcome sight for the true Doom fan.

The best virtual reality game for adults interested in a shootout, action-packed game that’s heavy on the battle scenes.

Cons

We found that during an intense battle it can be all too easy to lose track of your ammo or health bar information because it’s located in a tight corner and it doesn’t flash or alert players when each of the bars is running low.

When you take out the time filler tasks you run into along the way, a campaign is basically four hours, which may not be long enough for some players.

While we disagreed, some gamers felt that the PlayStation version looked a little fuzzy compared to PC play.

We also found that the game can suffer from random bouts of slowdown, which is pretty common with VR games.

If you don’t want to deal with levels that are padded with filler tasks then this game is not for you.

VR fans might appreciate a switch to the highly anticipated Resident Evil 7, which offers more scares and tougher gameplay.

Doom has been a game that’s caused quite the stir in the gaming community for years by keeping gamers on their toes with intense graphics and impossible to defeat enemies. With each version, the graphics have stepped it up a notch, making this highly addictive game a legend in the industry. Finally, the highly anticipated Doom VFR game is finally here. Doom fans will enjoy a six-hour campaign that features all-new levels that will allow them to take out familiar and new enemies using weapons from past Doom games with some exciting new upgrades. Gamers will enjoy a great arsenal including a Super Shotgun, Plasma Rifle, and BFG. Welcome to Your Doom VFR is sort of similar to the Doom reboot in 2016. Players will find themselves on a military outpost on mars that has been overrun by demons, before inevitably descending into hell. When playing, you’ll control a different soldier approximately one year later as he runs the show as the narrator. However, VFR is a little more complicated than past games. The game’s action-packed moments tend to revolve around enormous battles that take place in multi-tiered areas where a player will quickly find themselves being attacked from every direction. During these intense battle scenes the gamer must rapidly move, spin, and attack in order to survive. We found that blasting and warping around one of these massive arenas was pretty satisfying as Doom cranks up the danger and the game’s power. Using a freeze nearby foe move and wielding a huge arsenal of weapons, juggling your skills as you blast one powerful demon after another will definitely get your heart rate going. Using motion tracking controllers will significantly improve the virtual reality experience, allowing for a more realistic shooting and aiming game. This game can be played with Moves, Vive, or Oculus Touch controllers, in addition to the PSVR aim controller. We felt that the Aim controller was the perfect choice when it came to controlling teleportation, however, accessing the weapon wheel can be difficult, requiring the gamer to press the R1 button while gripping the handle. One of the most ongoing annoying issues we ran into when playing is that charging enemies can often get closer than we’d like, causing us to miss when firing because the gun’s barrel will stick out of the enemy’s back. Instead, you’ll have to hold the gun above the enemy, using a shooting down motion that just feels awkward. Fortunately, to combat this issue there’s a shockwave move you can use, which works well on bigger enemies. Overall, for a virtual reality game, this Doom version looks very respectable, especially on PS4. While we felt that it wasn’t quite as sharp as Doom itself due to some noticeable pop-in, the game isn’t overtaxing and runs very smoothly. So don’t expect the animated demons to be reduced to pixelated blobs. Inside this PS4 game Doom is the real deal. At least that’s how it feels. Offering a very immersive experience, lovers of…

9.1

Conclusion & Rating

Doom VFR is an excellent shooter game that works to prove the theory that virtual reality shooter games don’t need to be conservative with their movements in order to work. In fact, this game is full of fast-paced action, large-scale battle scenes and challenging enemies that make it difficult to get out of the way to safety before you're crushed by the horde. We love how this game becomes so physical, throwing us into a frantic state of fighting off enemies wherever we turned, leaving us little time to strategize and instead forcing us to focus on using our instincts. This is how Doom was meant to be played. We gave this PS4VR game a rating of four and a half out of five stars.

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