Review: Tetris Effect (PlayStation 4/ PlayStation VR)

A challenge for the mind and a feast for all the senses, TETRIS EFFECT is the perfect excuse to play Tetris again… and again…and again, and again, and again and again and again and again and again and again and…

Pros:

  • Beautiful graphics.
  • 3.70GB Download size.
  • Tetris gameplay.
  • Vibration- Can be set to music or gameplay or both. Plug in a second controller for extra vibration settings.
  • Visual settings- HDR, Hud style, line effects on/off, Mino strobe, Zone brilliance, and matrix visibility.
  • Tutorial section- Images and text.
  • Two modes- Journey or effects.
  • Journey mode- Campaign mode, You take on a couple of levels at once (They transition into each other) and you can only replay them in their groups of levels. 3 Difficulties- Beginner, Normal and expert and this determines starting level speed and how many lines you need to clear in order to progress.
  • Profile- Earn EXP, Level up and unlock new effects and avatars.
  • Online Leaderboards.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • PSVR support.
  • Absolutely stellar soundtrack taking in many genres and styles.
  • The game has its own set of challenges for rewards.
  • Effect settings- Set home location, Edit your avatar and menu music and orbit where you go around a globe looking at other players avatars.
  • Effect modes- High score endless, High score, Sprint, Master, Chill marathon, Quickplay and then a couple of playlists like all wind or water, Purify (light up the infected spaces) or random where every few minutes something random will happen like upside down pieces or no matrix symbols or speed etc.
  • Camera- Can zoom in to change the grid size and rotate the grid slightly.
  • Theatre mode- Watch levels play out, Interact with controls like fast forward, rewind, autoplay, clear FX etc.
  • Zone- Only available in certain modes, You can build this up by playing and when activated it slows down time and you make lines, Completed lines goto the bottom then clear once zone has finished. This grants a bonus score and time.
  • Over 25 effects in the game.
  • PSVR adds a more immersive experience, You can look around the screen and still move the camera at will.
  • All modes are generally timed.
  • End of level breakdown will give a score, Time and a rank up to SS.
  • Simple to play but hard to master.

Cons:

  • Default play area is small outside of VR.
  • Some of the styles are hard to play especially the ones that change the tetrominoes.
  • No multiplayer at all.
  • Pointless trending board that shows the popular playlists.
  • Cannot skip end credits.
  • Theatre transitions have a slight black screen pause which breaks the immersion.
  • Slow EXP gain.
  • Journey mode is short.
  • No PSVR settings at all.
  • In VR I couldn’t reset the camera.

  • 9/10
    Graphics - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Sound - 10/10
  • 9/10
    Accessability - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Length - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Fun Factor - 10/10
9.4/10

Summary

The Tetris game you never knew you needed! On the surface, it is a standard run of the mill Tetris game, Anyone explaining it will make it sound average. It is not until you play it for yourself that it comes to life for it just puts you in a hypnotic trance that consumes hour upon hour. PSVR whilst decent, Is not mandatory or particularly must play.  Back to Tetris and it plays just like you remember the modes are varied and a lot of fun, Pick your favorite and chase them scores. The soundtrack excels and changes as you play. It is just such a solid Tetris game. At first, I was bummed out with no online or local mp but then I thought about it and it is not modes I necessarily play that much. Appearance wise with all the effects and transitions it really does feel like Tetris fooled around with Lumines and then cheated on them with Rez shortly after creating a weird cross breed of entertainment. Whatever the reasoning, Tetris is pure eye candy and mesmerizing.

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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