Farpoint review roundup

Since the reveal of Sony’s PlayStation VR headset, a sci-fi shooter called Farpoint has been at the forefront of the marketing campaign – offering gamers a true built-from-the-ground-up for VR experience.

Well, the game has arrived this week, but does it justify PlayStation’s somewhat pricey headset and usher in a new age of VR shooters?

Here’s what the critics have to say:

Eurogamer – No score

“My enjoyment of Farpoint is inherently tethered to my experience with it in VR. As a shooter it’s only slightly above average. But the team was able to incorporate various elements of sight, sound, and touch (by way of the Aim Controller) to elevate it.”

USgamer – 3/5

“Farpoint is a game that does it’s job well, showing off PlayStation VR and the PlayStation VR Aim Controller. The act of shooting feels great and intuitive in the game thanks to the controller.

Unfortunately, while VR adds to the experience, it doesn’t hide what’s a fairly rote and basic shooter from an earlier era of gaming.”

Farpoint game

Polygon – 7.5

“The game nails the basics of aiming and firing a gun in a way that’s incredibly satisfying — even if the Aim controller feels more mandatory than optional. Farpoint may seem basic in a few years, once VR design has progressed past the point of simple shooters. But right now, as developers are still wrestling with the language of virtual reality, it’s tough to get the basics right in any VR game, much less a big budget shooter. Farpoint isn’t perfect, but it nails those basics.”

Destructoid – 7

“My enjoyment of Farpoint is inherently tethered to my experience with it in VR. As a shooter it’s only slightly above average. But the team was able to incorporate various elements of sight, sound, and touch (by way of the Aim Controller) to elevate it.”

Stevivor – 8

“Judged as a shooter, Farpoint is as generic as they get; thankfully, Impulse Gear’s effort has other things going for it. The side-story is rewarding, even if some of it goes without resolution, and its immersive visuals alone make it a treat to play.”

Farpoint game screen

Press Start – 7

“Farpoint is the first game that has made me believe that fully-fledged games could make use of VR technology in order to provide a better experience. It’s the most in-control I’ve felt whilst playing a game and without doubt the most I’ve ever felt immersed in a game world. Farpoint definitely doesn’t have the most interesting story, and there’s still some issues surrounding the length due to the fact that it is a full-priced game, but Farpoint is going to give gamers a world of hope, when it comes to VR.”

Push Square – 7

“Farpoint leans on novelty to make up for its shortcomings elsewhere, but wielding the PlayStation VR Aim Controller is such a unique experience that it papers over some dated game design. The story is cheesy but has some nice moments, and the action really ramps up towards the tail of the campaign. With an arcade mode and co-op included, Impulse Gear’s inaugural outing is a fulfilling offering, and while there are obvious improvements that could be made, there’s enough here to prove that blockbuster first-person shooters could find a home on PlayStation VR yet.”

Farpoint game VR

Hobby Consolas [Spanish] – 77/100

“Farpoint makes great use of the PSVR Aim controller as a virtual gun, but the game is too short, levels feel empty and gameplay is simple. It is fun, but not the game that would make you buy the headset.”

Digital Trends – 6

“Had it been developed as a traditional first-person shooter, Farpoint would have been overlooked immediately – its bland world and cherry-picked plot points just don’t separate it from the pack. But when coupled with PlayStation VR and the Aim controller, it’s a thrilling shooter that will give PS VR-owners a good reason to put on their headsets.”

PlayStation Universe – 7

“Beyond its central conceit of virtual-reality shooting, Farpoint is the very definition of mediocre. But that shooting – especially in Cooperative Mode – is compelling, well-executed, and undeniably fun.”


Article originally published on MenStuff.co.za.

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  • BeoTeK

    So skip then?
    Just as well, cos I haven’t got a PSVR headset.

  • Ektso Gedinkja

    idiot

  • Helldriver Phoenix

    Hey, not cool!

  • tjitah

    I’m with you BeoTeK

  • Ektso Gedinkja

    its ok. im allowed to call him an idiot.

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