Ahh, Skyrim, the role-playing game released on more platforms than you can shake a stick at and now there’s Skyrim VR on PlayStation VR.
As you all probably know, Skyrim was released in 2011 to a tremendous reception and winning many awards. I was one of those people that wanted to love the game and really get stuck into the world of Skyrim. But I don’t know why but I just couldn’t. I was the same when I bought Witcher 3 and Bethesdas games Fallout 3 and Fallout 4.
This is the killer app the PlayStation VR needed
But Skyrim in virtual reality is an amazing experience and this time around I am so engrossed in it. I’m loving it.
I was hungry for a meaty PSVR game since I completed Resident Evil 7 earlier in the year. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR was the killer app the PlayStation VR needed. Not just for me to enjoy, but to show other developers and publishers this is what people want. This is the quantity of gameplay that not just PSVER gamers want to play but other VR platforms such as the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Let’s hope they listen.
Now obviously this is the enhanced version of the game that was released more recently on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC that has been optimised for VR controls and gameplay.
This list highlights some of the reasons why Skyrim VR is so good:
- It’s Skyrim in VR
- Humungous, atmospheric world to explore
- Battling enormous dragons in virtual reality.
- The first time you battle a dragon and it engulfs you in flames is a moment of awe.
- Huge number of quests
- Create your own journey
- Wielding weapons and casting spells with the move controllers, priceless
- Glitches in Skyrim in VR are still a sight to behold
- You can take an arrow to the knee
Watch: Skyrim VR Broadcast on PSVR
Although the list of things that make Skyrim and Skyrim VR so great is a long one, there are other things that are a bit of a downer.
- The graphics are looking a tired, although once you get past this do you become truly immersed.
- Movement while battling with the Move controllers can feel quite restrictive at times, especially when you’re in the thick of it.
Watch: Skyrim VR Gameplay Stream on PlayStation VR
Choose the Control Style that Suits you Best
There are various control schemes you can choose to play either with a Dual Shock 4 controller as you would in the standard 2D version of the game. Or with the PlayStation Move controllers where you have the option of teleporting or with free locomotion. The late is similar to the way Solus deals with movement.
I started with the Dual Shock 4 controller and then progressed onto the Move controllers once I got used to being in virtual reality. It took me a bit longer than I thought it would learn the layout of the Move Controllers but once I did I realised its the best way to play.
Watch: Reimagining of Skyrim for VR
What are People Saying on Twitter?
Thanks to everybody who watched me stream #SkyrimVR ! Never really streamed before but really enjoyed it. Will do it again. Be sure to check out @quillstreak as I’ll probably post on there if I’m doing that again! pic.twitter.com/zI7I9sBouz
— Jordan Oloman 🦆 (@JordanOloman) November 27, 2017
— Jesse Makkonen (@jesse_makkonen) November 30, 2017
Skyrim VR Review Round-Up
100% – VR Focus
6.8/10 – IGN.com
77% – Metacritic
PlayStation VR Online Communities
What better way to enjoy a great game than to join in with discussions within online communities. Skyrim has a massive following so I’m sure you’d have no trouble finding one that suits your needs.
I set up this PSVR Community on Facebook where you can discuss and share you virtual reality experiences:
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