Review: Operation Warcade (PlayStation VR)

Operation warcade is a shooter specifically designed for virtual reality, inspired by the late ’80s classic war arcade that now uses the latest technology to convert it into a unique experience.

Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • Move support (Uses two controllers)
  • Can play with a controller.
  • A love letter to Operation Wolf.
  • Arcade shooter gameplay.
  • Online leaderboard support.
  • Arcade atmosphere.
  • 2.05GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • You have two hands- Default is one hand uses a gun and the second one has a grenade.
  • Stars- Do missions in levels to earn them and they unlock bonuses like laser sights or more ammo and open up new levels.
  • Can replay levels.
  • Such an exhilarating experience.
  • Immersion points- On the map, you shoot these to then be transported to a new part of the level. This could be flying a plane and parachuting out or going down on the floor and do some CQC, Jump on a boat and use a rail gun or many others. These are optional.
  • Continue at a game over.
  • Can lean into the game!
  • Weapons- From guns to bows to knives and that is before you even begin to look at mounted weapons.
  • Awesome sound effects and narrator shout outs.
  • Six locations with six scenarios.
  • Tons of replayability.
  • Difficult.
  • Very easy to pick up and play.
  • When selecting the game you are in an arcade and you can look around.

Cons:

  • Bit of black screen wait between immersion points.
  • Can be hard to see some enemies.
  • No real tutorial.
  • No local MP.
  • No multiplayer at all.
  • Grenades seem a bit off.
  • Any tracking issues will ruin it.
  • Bit of locomotion issues especially when in vehicles.
  • Pop up issues.
  • Cant always shoot everyone thanks to invisible walls.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • Enemies just pop in.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.4/10

Summary

I loved Operation Wolf back in the day but it needed something more, For years I wondered what that would be? Turns out it’s the ability to teleport into the game! It just completely changes the game up. Jumping into a plane and parachuting out and shooting enemies as you fall is next level as well as shooting off the back of the boat. Just leaning into the screen had me grinning like a Cheshire cat. I am constantly being surprised at how much fun the game is and is one of the few examples of I forgot I was in VR and that hardly ever happens. In short, We have a solid arcade shooter that knows how to innovate!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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