When Cloudhead’s newest title debuted on Oculus Quest and PC VR final yr I awarded it my first 5/5 ranking after spending dozens of hours pistol whipping by way of its 10-song launch assortment. Pistol Whip hit a bullseye and it’s only getting higher with time.

This arcade shooter is immediately enjoyable and endlessly difficult, with the auto-aim default making you’re feeling like a can’t-miss motion film sharpshooter seconds after choosing a scene. Constructed-in modifiers like “Deadeye” take away that famous person feeling, although, and instead is an exhausting and rewarding grind to grasp each intention and rhythm.

Since launch the builders added 5 extra scenes — Akuma, Full Throttle, Darkish Skies, Excessive Priestess, and Faith — every including its personal distinct and exquisite panorama to the rising library of hand-crafted scenes that make Pistol Whip so totally different from different rhythm video games like Beat Saber.

That’s what PSVR consumers get at Pistol Whip’s launch on Sony’s PS4 in mid-2020 and it’s nonetheless each bit the 5/5 sport I fell in love with final yr. Every thing in that evaluation stands, plus new modifiers added publish launch which make it simpler to apply and extra choices to tweak gun cosmetics.

Pistol Whip – Consolation

Pistol Whip artificially strikes the participant ahead by way of its scenes in a straight line at a relentless fee of pace. Whereas nowhere close to essentially the most uncomfortable sort of simulated motion VR software program would possibly make use of, it’s doable some gamers would possibly really feel slightly woozy or uncomfortable. VR’s present rhythm chief Beat Saber, in distinction, strikes containers previous a stationary participant that needs to be extra comfy to a wider choice of gamers. Nonetheless, I’m one of the delicate folks on workers to simulator illness and skilled not even a touch of it in Pistol Whip on any headset.

Graphically, I discovered visible variations between PSVR and different platforms extremely minor, although I did miss the smoothness and luxury of 2019’s Valve Index with its excessive body fee and advantageous tuned IPD adjustment whereas spending time in Sony’s 2016 headset. I captured the beneath comparability video displaying Black Magic captured on PC VR, Quest and PSVR.

Cloudhead isn’t carried out with Pistol Whip but by an extended shot and the Canada-based studio is doubling down on its roadmap for this sport with the upcoming Heartbreaker trilogy of songs coming very quickly and the Concierge marketing campaign due for launch later this yr. Which means Pistol Whip is likely to be the proper swan track addition to a PS4 library that may occupy gamers by way of the transition to PS5.

Of observe for PSVR house owners is that digicam placement is extremely essential in Pistol Whip. In contrast to Beat Saber the place the containers are available tightly packed bunches that aren’t very forgiving, generally in Pistol Whip you will have time to show round and take out a missed goal. That’s clearly a dangerous maneuver with a Transfer controller in your hand and solely a single dual-eye digicam immediately in entrance of you. PSVR house owners will most likely get pleasure from their time with this sport dramatically extra with a cautious excessive digicam placement that gives extra monitoring protection for this rare, however generally needed, effort to appropriate a mistake and enhance rating.

Pistol Whip PSVR Assessment Verdict:

Pistol Whip’s a number of difficulties and modifiers like Deadeye and Twin-wield add depth to a sport that’s extra addictive and satisfying than Beat Saber. The 15 scenes included on the time of this evaluation are all in the identical normal musical fashion and a little bit of selection can be good, however that is likely to be coming with future updates. Pistol Whip is the sport that brings me again to my VR headset time and again and I count on to maintain taking part in by way of each replace Cloudhead has deliberate for it.

5 STARS

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Pistol Whip is on the market beginning right this moment on PSVR for $24.99.

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