I received a Playstation VR for Christmas from my in-laws (who instantly went up a notch on the awesome scale) but I didn’t receive any games so I had to content myself with the demo disc that game with the system. I started the year off with the laughable goal of spending less than I earn which has sadly been a failure but did prevent me from making any un-budgeted 60$ purchases. While poking around Amazon one day I discovered that Rush of Blood was available for 10$ and since I already had a bundle of crap in my cart for my wife and son’s birthdays ( which unfortunately for my budget are only three days apart ) I figured this game would only be a rounding error.
Rush of Blood is on the demo disc so I knew what I was getting into. Each level consists of a short roller coaster ride where you are armed with two handguns and everything tries to kill you. This was typically the demo that I’d let friends try when they tested the Playstation VR unless small children were present. In my opinion it’s a rather sub-part rail shooter that was rushed out to be available for the launch of a new gaming platform. I wouldn’t have paid full price for it but I figured the 10$ investment would be worth it to have an actual retail game for the VR. (In true form Sony made the game free to Playstation Plus subscribers recently once again proving you should never pay for Playstation software).
I made one minor change to my play style when I started the full retail version of Rush of Blood. I dug out my Playstation Move controllers and paired them up to my Playstation 4. It turns out that playing this game with motion controllers MAKES IT AWESOME. I could look at my hands in VR and they would appear to be where I thought my real hands should be. I could control them independently and shoot two targets at once. The sense of immersion was complete. I forgot that I was in a chair in my office and unfortunately I forgot there was a wall to my left. Once I tried to point my gun at a bad guy only to find that I couldn’t physically orient my arm in the desired direction. It was because back in the real world the previously mentioned wall stubbornly refused to give way.
I usually played 15-20 minutes at a time before going to bed but the game would get me so wound up I’d have a hard time getting to sleep. The game is really short so It only took me about two weeks to finish all of the mission. The short duration of each level was the perfect way to begin acclimating to VR.
- Is it fun: Yes
- Score: 5/10
- Length: ~3 hours
- System: Playstation VR (PS4)
- Genre: Rail Shooter, Horror