Review: Time Carnage (PlayStation VR)

Choose your weapons wisely as you’ll manically swap out active guns on the fly in a 16-tier Campaign or Custom Arcade Mode complete with perks, challenges and mystery items. Immerse yourself in a post-apocalyptic world, prehistoric jungle, icy wasteland, and a futuristic metropolis.

Pros:

  • Really nice graphics with some truly great looking environments.
  • 1.61 GB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Wave-based shooter gameplay.
  • Uses two Move controllers.
  • Three difficulties- Easy, Normal and hard.
  • Campaign- Battle through 16 levels across multiple locations.
  • Arcade mode- Pick from the unlocked levels and any unlocked perks.
  • Unlock games and levels as you play the campaign.
  • Always has three lanes of attack.
  • Shield- Protects you and acts as your health bar in a way.
  • Full end of level stats breakdown.
  • Reloading- Guns only reload when placed on the plinth.
  • Loadout- You have four slots to put the guns on and you can drop and pick up your guns at will.
  • Exploding barrels and environmental effects in the game.
  • Headshot noise indicator.
  • Guns show ammo count clearly.
  • Fast loading times.
  • The game overall is so fast and fluid and easy to pick up, From the gunplay to the general flow of it all.
  • Every gun feels different.
  • Dramatic soundtrack.
  • Many enemy types.
  • Guns make a reload noise to indicate once reloading is finished.
  • 25 guns to unlock.
  • Perks- Change the game up. Unlocked in the campaign but used in the arcade it can be things like more ammo or fire bullets etc.
  • So much fun to play.
  • Time rift- Shoot this to trigger slow-mo.
  • Has a brief how to play tutorial pop up.
  • Rewarding unlocks.
  • Can get really addictive.
  • So many gun types.
  • Many loadout combinations.
  • Fast and frantic gameplay.
  • Tight solid aiming.
  • ADS is actually possible.
  • Atmospheric.
  • Brief breaks between waves.
  • Each level is 10 waves with increasing difficulty.

Cons:

  • The easy difficulty has a lot of downtimes.
  • Enemies hitting the shield really obstructs your view.
  • Harsh level restarts the only option in the game over.
  • Have to unlock levels for the arcade.
  • No real tutorial.
  • Does the one thing really well but also feels limited?
  • No online interaction.
  • If tracking is out by any measure it really messes up.
  • Gun terminals can get in your view.

 

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.2/10

Summary

VR is well known to be a place for shooting gallery games, So seeing the initial screens for this game I feared it was another shooter cut and paste. I am happy to report that is not the case here. The mechanic of dropping guns to reload and having four guns in the rotation really mixes things up! I mean it sounds simple but you feel so badass as you empty clips and grab new guns and keep the killing going. Yes, it is basic and does one thing well but that one thing is totally worth owning the game for. I came aw3ay from it surprised and wanting to play more thanks to the gun mechanic but also how tight and fun the actual shooting was. In short, this is a fantastic shooter.

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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