Robinson: The Journey

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    I have just finished this game after playing it for about 5 consecutive days, about 3 hours a day. Its hard to tell how long I played the game tbh as there is no stats to view...anyway...

    This is the most beautiful VR game I have ever played so far. And its also one of the most geek filled experience I have had since Rogue One VR mission as I walk amongst long neck dinosaurs in their natural lush landscape environment. There was one moment where I could literally re-enact Sam Neil's "It...its a dinosaur!".

    The visuals are often breathtaking and lush comparable in beauty to Horizon Zero Dawn and indeed the panoramic vistas featured in Spielberg's original Jurassic Park. I am not talking resolution or fidelity here, we all know limitations of VR headsets in that area so pointless comparing that but its nevertheless stunning. At times you can also switch to a god like mode where you view the whole land around you and observe lush wild life, peeking around trees and under branches to follow where that Pterodactyl is flying to. That god perspective immersive view is equally stunning. The creatures and dinosaurs are superbly animated adding realism to the experience.

    One thing to make clear about this game is that it is not a shoot em up or action game. Its a sci fi mystery puzzle solving journey game of exploration, investigation and species scanning. But there are a few special moments that scared, excited and thrilled me especially towards the final act that elevates this game as a truly memorable experience. Because those moments are very seldom, they have enormous impact. I love that. But mostly, this game goes at quite a leisurely pace. There is only one speed of movement...and it aint a running speed! Its an adequate walking speed. There are times I would like to go faster but that never frustrated me.

    In terms of control system, it was initially a huge disappointment to me that the game only uses a Dualshock controller. It seems it was intended for move controllers originally because you see one VR hand holding what looks suspiciously like a Move controller with a scifi skin so I suspect the Vive and Oculus versions get the best out of this great experience with their superior hand controllers. So interacting with objects and my little pet T-rex is of course less immersive having to control the virtual hands with a dualshock controller. There is also a fair bit of climbing involved and while this is actually still quite thrilling using a dualshock, it would have been even more awesome with motion controllers. Btw climbing gets very thrilling later in the journey.

    Locomotion-wise is good because using a dualshock controller means I can move around freely and I guess that's the compromise of not having Move controllers. The game defaulted to pie chart turns which I absolutely hate. But that can be changed to smooth turning. I get that the pie chart staggered turn movement is to eliminate motion sickness but I dont get motion sickness...in fact the staggered turn around movement is what would make me sick. The key thing is you can choose because we all have our individual responses and preferences in VR. My personal preference of moving around is to just use my whole body and head like in the real world but then re-adjust orientation (smooth turning mode) with the navigation stick when I feel I have turned around more than 270 degrees or so (by feeling how far the cable has wrapped around me!)

    The gameplay is lovely for me. Its leisurely and incredibly atmospheric with the sounds of brontosaurus's calling, flying pterodactyls wailing and flapping pass above me, and general Jurassic jungle ambience. The soundtrack is also beautifully ambient and at times quite haunting as the narrative journey unravels.

    The experience is especially made more entertaining by having a floating companion ball droid as my guidance with a charming C3PO-esque personality (excellently voiced) who tries to encourage me NOT to go on any adventures and just stay safe within the barrier compound. Needless to say the advice is ignored! Topping off the companions is an adopted cute pet baby orphan T-rex that accompanies me on the journey and play some basic activities with such as hide and seek, play fetch etc. But the baby T Rex also plays a part in puzzle solving too which there plenty of in the game's main journey and are all nicely balanced in difficulty. Scanning species (which is optional) is actually a fun task, well for me anyway as in scan mode each species have several scan dots but one has to avoid the red dots while scanning, can be a challenge with some species. I ended up scanning all but one very difficult one.

    So, I see a lot of negative reviews on this and I guess its because it was selling for £50 quid I think when it first came out a year ago. But given the embryonic age of VR games, niche market and costly production, what can they do? Now the disc version sells for £24 on Amazon and I think its absolutely worth that price, though probably not the current £45 on PS Store.

    I also see some reviews say this is too short. Well at the end of the game, I certainly desired more story and adventure but its actually longer than I expected. It ended satisfyingly enough for me with a thrilling climax and resolution to the mystery. It has a good deal of playing content but it would have been nice to see a little more variety in the larger dinosaurs. The jungle is full of small insects and animals but fewer larger animals/dinosaurs but as I say that makes the moments of meeting the big dinos more special. Its lengthy enough and comparable to Farpoint imo but more beautiful than Farpoint!

    One huge gripe I have is that there is no way to revisit previous chapters of the game. Its just one autosave overwriting the previous autosave and no chapter points. However, I can travel (walk speed) to any location visited to see my favourite dinos/scenery. But sometimes its a bit of a trek depending on where the last autosave location was.

    So if I was to spend the most money on a VR game, it would have been Robinson The Journey in hindsight as it so far feels the most polished and longest VR exclusive production. Its charming, atmospheric, beautiful and has memorable moments of awe and excitement. And I would absolutely keep going back to it and revisit some of those favourite locations, scan that elusive dinosaur, and try get all the trophies of which I only seem to manage 56%.

    I give this an 8.5/10 in the context of VR games and not based on pricing.
     
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    I started this ages ago but only completed the first area before getting distracted by something else. I really should get back at it as it's certainly one of the best looking VR games I had played.
     
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    I hope you do and look forward to your thoughts (be it good or bad!). The first area was just getting to know and play around with your pet T Rex. Do the Farm area next as Higgs requests then go on the main adventure (I suggest Tar Pit first).
     
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    That's me on just about everything

    Ooh I've got a great new game to get stuck into...

    Hang on a minute, something newer has come out....
     
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    Yep :)

    Add in “this is the best game ever, I’m not going to need to play anything else, for months if not years! Ooh, shiny new game, must play that, I’ll come back to the other one” and of course never do :laugh:
     
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    I used to be terrible for this but now I try to only have 2 games on the go at a time. Just recently, I've been slipping back into bad ways again, though...
     
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    This is on Easter Sale for £15. Absolutely worth this price. Most beautiful VR game I ever played and I still enjoy going back to it. Ignore the ratings which factored in price which was selling for £50 on release. Just make up your own mind.
     
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    Why should the ratings be ignored they were and still are very fair and justified, the game was not worth the £50 at launch and it's not at £45 which they ask for when it's not on sale, for sure worth it at the current sale price though.
     
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    Hi,
    I tried this game but made me feel ill.
    Only happens on a few games sadly this was one of them.
     
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    That's a shame, well done for trying. But did you try the different options of navigating around? The game defaults to Pie Chart movement which actually makes me sick. Change to free movement and smooth turning ironically is the best sick free movement for me.
     
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    Thanks I will give it another try.
     
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    I couldn't play this one for even 5 minutes when I first got it. After owning psvr since launch, I did eventually get used to it though and was able to play for much longer.

    One thing I do find with both this game and some others, is that I can feel totally fine one minute, and then out of nowhere, I get a sudden onset of extreme nausea. The best thing to do when this happens is to stop playing immediately and take a break.

    I was playing mervils the other day, been playing for a good 30 minutes and felt fine. Made a quick turn of the in game camera angle, and felt instantly awful.

    It is weird how after so much time using vr, you can still randomly feel sick, even on the slowest paced games lol.
     
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    This is currently on sale from the Store for under £10, the reviews seem very mixed but the gameplay videos look amazing.
     
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    Bought it last time it was on sale, still haven’t started it yet :laugh:
     
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    +1 added to the pile. :smashin:
     
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    I lasted less than 3 minutes on this before the motion sickness kicked in and forced me to quit. I will need to spend the next few days building up my tolerance before I try a good session on it.

    Even though I only managed a few minutes I can easily say it's the best looking VR game I have played so far. The lighting effects are stunning and the sound effects superb.
     
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    Is this worth the 9 pound odd in the sale?
     
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    I definitely think so having completed the game and being one of my top 10 favourite vr games . It got tremendously slated for pacing and it's original pricing and reviewers complained not having enough big dinosaurs but when you do come across them, their pretty awesome. Plus the whole production is beautiful. It's focused on exploration and puzzle solving, not action but that's not to say it hasn't got moments of thrills. Plus climbing is fun too. Just a pity it doesn't utilise move controllers but then full loco movement would have sacrificed and I much prefer having the full loco.

    You may or may not agree but for a tenner, perhaps you can take a risk on it.
     
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    May have to add this one to the wish list for when I grab a bundle hopefully in the next day or so.

    Will check if it's still on sale now.
     
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    It certainly looks great.

    I can only play 10-15 minutes at a time, before it makes me feel hot and sweaty. Hoping I’ll build up tolerance over time to play it longer.

    Currently stuck trying to put some plate things onto a wind turbine, can’t seem to get them to attach though.
     
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    I've also grabbed this while it is in the sale. Not tried it yet though. Have had my VR headset just over a week and already have a game backlog!
     
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    Guys, the game defaults to the awful "Pie Chart" step turns. If you still have that on, turn it off and use full smooth turning freedom.

    These so called "VR sickness aid" control modes do the complete opposite to me, I absolutely hate step turns and transport modes, and if anything are what makes me nauseous. Perhaps it maybe the same for you. The PSVR has the highest refresh rate of 120Hz than any other headset in the market. This absolutely helps making free loco movement a joy in our PSVR headsets. So do try the full smooth turning option.


    Gooner, those plates should snap into place once you get the objects in approximate vicinity? Have you practised with the barrels on the scarecrow back in the home territory?
     
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    First thing I do in any VR game is look for a free movement option, hate the teleport thing and the turn in stages thing. I’d rather just build up my tolerance bit by bit.

    I’m pretty sure I’ve done the scarecrow bit. I’ll check. I get the things close to where they should be, where the light blue outline is and rather than snap them in place it starts the whole thing spinning when the bits hit the bars, then the thing runs out of charge and I have to wait for it to recharge itself then the same happens again and I get the hump and quit :laugh:
     
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    Managed to play for much longer this time, tolerance must be building.

    Sorted out the windmill thing, I accidentally found I needed to let go of the thing when it was on the arm, I’d been holding onto it and waiting for it to be grabbed.

    Such a great looking game.

    When you come out of the cave at the tar pit and see a long neck stroll by... wow :)
     
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    Just seen this is £45 on the store....it can certainly wait.
     
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    Definitely! I got it on sale, it’s bound to be on sale again.
     
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    It was under £10 in the latest sale when I bought it so it's defiantly worth waiting. The Winter sales will soon be upon us and with people getting PSVR for Christmas I imagine most of the games will be reduced.
     
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    Yeah gonna wait for the £10ish price point. No rush anyway as I have loads of other VR games to make me vomit in my early days of VR....:thumbsup:
     
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