Story - 81%
Graphics - 88%
Audio - 90%
Gameplay - 90%
Replayability - 90%
Level of vertigo (0- High/100- None) - 80%
Sometimes the hype of a PSVR game can be it’s downfall, in the case of The Persistence, we were pleasantly surprised.
This space action zombie shooter VR game gives you way more immersion than you bargain for when you initially turn it on. The game does. However, have a very linear feel to it, with the progression and story feeling more acquaint to that of a side scroller. You are on a spacecraft called The Persistence, hence the game’s name, and you play as Officer Zimiri’s conscious that has been transferred to a clone’s body. The ship has taken damage due to an encounter with a black hole, which also happens to turned all the crew members into zombies (Thanks to the DNA/Consciousness tech going wonky).
Because this is a VR game, you cannot expect the game to sport the best graphics in the world, however, the Persistence really delivers an outstanding experience of colour and contrast in the environment, people and zombies. Granted there is a lot of dark in the game, the detail in game even in fast paced shooting moments still comes through and allows you to judge your surroundings accurately without getting that queasy feeling in the pit of your stomach. Sadly, the game was marked as a horror game and yet, I found that the flashing of lights and settings didn’t nearly created an eerie or scary feeling at all.
Audio and Voice
To add onto my point above, this game definitely uses the audio to its advantage, owning the jump cares and horror moments so well that at times, I didn’t want to continue playing because I was too scared, honestly. In fairness, there isn’t much dialogue within the game, but the zombies/mutants are utterly terrifying, being able to hear them in other rooms and moving around, the constant fear of a mutant sneaking up behind you and ripping you apart was enough to send me into cardiac arrest.
VR Gameplay is an easy one to review; did you vomit? No? Great gameplay, 10/10… I make myself laugh, wow! More seriously, this is easily the smoothest FPS game I have played on the VR, the transitions and movements are smooth, no beaming around the area fighting in block type movements. The title really creates an experience that is currently unrivaled within the PSVR world and I look forward to many more hours on The Persistence.
PSVR Proves yet again that is has the capability of creating the best VR games, with The Persistence being one of the best Horror VR games I have ever experienced. Buy it, Play it, Experience it.
Estimated RRP: R