Review: Sports Bar VR (PSVR)

Bringing the virtual pub experience to your living room. Sports Bar VR is the ultimate social experience available on PlayStation VR, featuring an awesome set of bar games, an incredible pool simulation and an amazingly detailed sports bar overflowing with fun and silly physics props.

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Pros:

  • Nice graphics.
  • Four sports- Pool, Air hockey, Skee ball and darts.
  • Tutorial at game start up but can be skipped later on. Also has a mini tutorial pop up when playing pool.
  • Uses two move controllers.
  • Feet markers show to help set your PSVR correctly.
  • You can teleport around the bar and tables with a laser pointer type system.
  • Pick up anything lying around and do as you wish.
  • Earn EXP and level up by playing games either with AI or other people.
  • Hats and Pool cues and cloths can be unlocked by levelling up.
  • Pool has a solid control scheme that allows you to play as simply or as technical as you like. Use techniques like spins and curve in your game.
  • Atmospheric place to be thanks to the ambient soundtrack along with general chatter from the AI.
  • Easy to jump between the sports on offer.
  • UI is clear to use for the most part with the menu coming up on one of the move controllers with the other one acting as a pointer.
  • Can spawn bottles of virtual beer on demand.
  • Full online play with 6 players max. You can join friends, Invite friends or just meet new people.
  • Can set your height and left and right arm positions in the options.
  • 1.73GB download size.
  • Decent sound effects.
  • No loading once in game.
  • MP- Can set a room for messing around or set up a more guided experience like playing pool by the rules etc.
  • Multiplayer is the best way to play the game.
  • Again the pool is every bit as strong as previous Cherry Pop games, It just clicks and the lock on button is a god send.

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Cons:

  • Cannot set AI difficulty for air hockey.
  • Setting up an AI match of darts is nigh on impossible.
  • Feels very much like the game is all about the Pool with the other games tacked on.
  • Skee ball leader board monitor never seems to work in SP or MP.
  • AI even on easy rarely miss a shot.
  • Earning EXP is slow.
  • Can only use one Pool table despite a few empty ones on display.
  • Darts is one of the hardest to set up from a camera point of view, Its always a bit off.
  • Pool controls do have a slight learning curve.
  • Winnng in air hockey is unrewarding and it doesn’t actually notify you unless you are paying attention to the small screen.
  • Setting up friend matches is a tricky beast.
  • Had a few issues where in a friend game we couldn’t play air hockey together or get darts to register and Skee ball is just pointless.

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The Numbers
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Acessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
7.8/10

Summary

Sports Bar VR feels like a good start to what could be THE sports game on PSVR. The Pool is good but needs just a few tweaks, The air hockey needs a bit more meat and the whole thing just needs a bit more. Going off what we have it is a decent game for a few quick games of Pool, Air hockey and the rest are best played solo and do a good job. I just cnt shake the feeling that the game is missing something?? I dunno but like I say it is a good game and when the Pool is running well it feels just magical. Its worth a look for sure and at the moment is the defacto Sports game on PSVR.

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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